Shirley MacLaine To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award On June 7th

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.

  1. Finally, someone truly deserving. As much as I like Michael Douglas and Morgan Friedman, both of them felt a lil too early to be receiving the big one. Hopefully they will seek out worthy recipients instead of the “find a big name to get ratings” syndrome they’ve been suffering for the past decade or so.

    1. Just read another article on this and was shocked to find out Tom Freaken Hanks got one before her? Wow!

  2. Keep an eye out for Kanye West when she takes the statuette. McClain performed a wonderful Bob Fosse chicken-à-la-Single-Ladies dance in 1969 in Sweet Charity.

  3. Remember Shirley as a young star?!

    “Artists and Models,” “The Apartment,” “John Goldfarb Please Come Home,” “The Children’s Hour” — And so many others! She was unequaled — beautiful, funny, comedy, drama, everything. She should get two or three lifetime awards because she is in a class entirely by herself.

    And even years on, she was great in “Being There”.

  4. When i was stuck watching that horrible Bewitched movie, she truly was the only thing in it worth watching.

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