Shirley MacLaine Honored With 40th AFI Life Achievement Award
By PETE HAMMOND | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 4:01am PDT
"Welcome to the longest night of Warren Beatty’s life,” said Sony honcho and AFI Board of Trustees Chair Howard Stringer opened the evening for the 40th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award to Shirley MacLaine last night at Sony Studios. Actually MacLaine’s baby brother Beatty seemed to be having a great time all the way through and even to the exclusive after-party which didn’t even get going until 11 PM. And so did everyone else at this “long overdue” tribute as presenter and 2004 recipient Meryl Streep put it, which drew a starry turnout including such MacLaine co-stars as Streep, Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Jennifer Aniston and many others.
It took a long time for the AFI to get around to MacLaine but it was definitely worth the wait as she told me at the after-party. There’s something rightly aligned with the planets about it happening now in 2012 she says. We’ll go with that even though this is a star who has worked with some of the earliest recipients of this award including William Wyler, Alfred Hitchcock, Gene Kelly, Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon and others.
MacLaine asked me, “Do you think it was too reverential?” Of course it was. That was exactly the point and how it could it not be when you are talking about a true survivor of the show business wars who has been at it for nearly 60 years. She told me her career is as hot right now as when it started and she has five projects lined up in a row all of a sudden. Monday she leaves to shoot The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty as Ben Stiller’s mother. MacLaine, now 78, confessed to me that during her acceptance speech she couldn’t read the teleprompter and had to wing it. No problem. You could have heard a pin drop in the cavernous Sony sound stage where The Wizard Of Oz was filmed as the honoree recounted her upbringing with Beatty and the influence her mother and father had on her life and career. It was heartfelt and fascinating, something to which everyone there seemed to relate.
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Wow, can't wait to watch it on TVLand on June 24th!