October 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm #40998
By THE DEADLINE TEAM
Shirley MacLaine has been named the 40th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. The 77-year-old MacLaine will receive the tribute during a gala ceremony next June 7 that will be broadcast later that month on TV Land.
In announcing the selection, AFI board of trustees chair Howard Stringer said, “Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades. From ingenue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents.”
The 1984 Oscar winner as Best Actress for Terms of Endearment is being honored by AFI four years after her younger brother Warren Beatty was in 2008.October 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm #41000
Since she is not active in the industry the way most winners are supposed to be (which ensures that people with money – studios, networks, agencies – buy tickets, since this is mainly a fundraiser for AFI), she likely had tremendous support from a lot of big creative people who campaigned for her (and implied they and there friends would attend the dinner).
She deserves it, among living actors (sad that mainly they are considered though) she is near the top of the list as deserving it.October 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm #41001
Well deserved. Lets hope this leads to more movie roles for her.October 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm #41002
A true Hollywood legend and a fine actress..bravo to the AFI for this great choice…some of Shirley’s great films include
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
THE TURNING POINT
SOME CAME RUNNING
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
IRMA LA DOUCE
A CHILDREN’S HOUR
SWEET CHARITYOctober 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm #41003
Shirley MacLaine is deserving indeed. She’s a feisty trouper in the mold of Bette Davis (whom i am a huge fan of), but with far less bitterness. She could easily have been an EGOT winner too, with her versatility. I’d love to see this tribute show, there’d be so many highlights.October 10, 2011 at 7:16 am #41004
I would say that it’s about time! Hope to see Debra Winger and at least one of “Steel Magnolias” to be part of the show.October 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm #41005
I would hope for the likes of
BARBRA STREISAND…. a great friend since 1960
MERYL STREEP- postcards co-star
DEBRA WINGER……terms co-stars
JULIA ROBERTS…STEEL MAGNOLIAS CO-STARS
WARREN BEATTY… the brother..LOL
ANNETTE BENING…. the sister in law
its sad that her best costars are no longer with us
SINATRA, JACK LEMMON, DEAN MARTIN, ANNE BANCROFT, AUDREY HEPBURN
and so many of her best directors
BILLY WILDER, BOB FOSSE, HERB ROSS
I am hoping that MIKE NICHOLS AND JAMES L. BROOKS show up..
It should be a great tribute!!!