Friday, November 04, 2011

Shirley MacLaine 
Honored by AFI

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Shirley MacLaine with the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be presented to MacLaine at a gala tribute on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.  TV Land will broadcast the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute on TV Land later in June 2012.  The event will celebrate MacLaine’s extraordinary life and all her endeavors – movies, television, Broadway, author and beyond.

"Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades," said Stringer.  "From ingénue 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.  There is only one Shirley MacLaine, and it is AFI’s honor to present her with its 40th Life Achievement Award."

Last year’s AFI Tribute brought together icons of the film community to honor Morgan Freeman.  Sidney Poitier opened the tribute, and Clint Eastwood presented the award at evening’s end.  Also participating were Casey Affleck, Dan Aykroyd, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, David Fincher, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Tim Robbins, Chris Rock, Hilary Swank, Forest Whitaker, Betty White, Renée Zellweger and surprise musical guest Garth Brooks.

MacLaine with her daughter Satchi Parker, in a photo by the late, great Allan Grant

About Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine’s illustrious career comprises more than 50 feature films highlighted by an Academy Award® win and six nominations, six Emmy® Awards nominations, seven Golden Globe® Awards – including the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award – and the title of international best-selling author.  Recently, MacLaine appeared in the ensemble film, VALENTINE’S DAY, and the Lifetime made-for-TV movie COCO CHANEL, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe® and SAG Award®.  She released her best-selling book “SAGE-ING WHILE AGE-ING” in 2008, followed by her latest New York Times best-seller, “I’M OVER ALL THAT – AND OTHER CONFESSIONS,” released on April 5th, 2011.  In the fall of 2011, she received France’s most prestigious cultural award, the Legion of Honor, presented by France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Frederic Mitterrand, at the French Cinematheque.

In Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry

MacLaine made her professional debut dancing in a Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA! in the 1950s.  Her first film appearance was in Alfred Hitchcock’s THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, earning her a Golden Globe Award for “New Star of the Year – Actress” in 1955.  At the same time, she starred in SOME COME RUNNING, which led to her first Academy Award® nomination and an additional Golden Globe® nomination.  She also starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, based on a play by Lillian Hellman.  MacLaine received a second Oscar® nomination for her work in the award winning film, THE APARTMENT, co-starring Jack Lemmon and directed by Billy Wilder.  She reunited with Lemmon and Wilder for IRMA LA DOUCE in 1963, earning yet another Academy Award® nomination.

In 1975, MacLaine received her fourth Oscar® nomination, this time for best documentary as a producer and star of THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY: A CHINA MEMOIR.  Two years later, she was once again nominated for her starring role in THE TURNING POINT.  In 1983, MacLaine finally won an Oscar for her work in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT.  Later, she also received a Golden Globe® Award for her 1989 performance in MADAME SOUSATZKA.  MacLaine was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998.

MacLaine’s additional credits include notable films such as STEEL MAGNOLIAS with Julia Roberts, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE with Meryl Streep, IN HER SHOES with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, and RUMOR HAS IT with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner.

MacLaine’s television credits include the telefilms, “THESE OLD BROADS,” “CAROLINA” and “SALEM WITCH TRIALS.”  She also starred in the CBS miniseries, “HELL ON HEELS: THE BATTLE OF MARY KAY,” the life story of the cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash.

A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, women’s rights, and spiritual understanding, MacLaine is known for her faith in reincarnation, angels, the power of crystals and other New Age beliefs.  She addresses these topics at length, as well as her Hollywood career, in her books, OUT ON A LIMB and DANCING IN THE NIGHT.  MacLaine went on to author numerous other books including THE CAMINO and OUT ON A LEASH, all of which are international bestsellers.

MacLaine can be seen next in BERNIE, staring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey.  She can also be seen on stage during her one-woman show tour as it hits cities across the globe, combining a montage of memorable film moments with private revelations about her extraordinary life, career and spiritual journey.



Bernie - 2011

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning - 2010 - PBS

Valentine's Day - 2010

Coco Chanel - Lifetime TV - 2008

Closing the Ring - 2007

Rumor Has It - 2005

Bewitched - 2005

In Her Shoes - 2004

Carolina - 2003

Salem Witch Trials – 2003 (Shirley discusses her account of the filming of Salem Witch Trials for CBS)

Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay - 2003

Bruno/The Dress Code - 2000

These Old Broads - 2000

Get Bruce - 1999

A Smile Like Yours - 1997

The Evening Star - 1996

Mrs. Winterbourne - 1996

The Celluloid Closet - 1996

Guarding Tess - 1994

A Century of Cinema - 1994

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway - 1993

Used People - 1992

Defending Your Life - 1991

Waiting for the Light - 1990

Postcards from the Edge - 1990

Steel Magnolias - 1989

Madame Sousatzka - 1988

Out On A Limb - 1987

Cannonball Run II - 1984

Terms of Endearment - 1983

Loving Couples - 1980

A Change of Seasons - 1980

Being There - 1979

The Turning Point - 1977

The Possession of Joel Delaney - 1972

Desparate Characters - 1971

Two Mules for Sister Sara - 1970

Sweet Charity - 1969

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom - 1968

Woman Times Seven - 1967

Gambit - 1966

The Yellow Rolls-Royce - 1965

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home - 1964

What a Way to Go! - 1964

Irma la Douce - 1963  

Two for the Seesaw - 1962

My Geisha - 1962

The Children's Hour/The Loudest Whisper - 1962  

All in a Night's Work - 1961

Two Loves - 1961

Can-Can - 1960

Ocean's Eleven - 1960

The Apartment - 1960  

Career - 1959

Ask Any Girl - 1959

Some Came Running - 1958

Hot Spell - 1958

The Matchmaker - 1958

The Sheepman - 1958

Around the World in 80 Days - 1956

Artists and Models - 1955

The Trouble With Harry - 1955


Bruno/The Dress Code - 2000 (Producer, Screenwriter and Co-Director)

The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir - 1975


Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning - 2008

Coco Chanel - 2008

Salem Witch Trials - 2003

Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay - 2003

The West Side Waltz - 1995 (Movie)

Out on a Limb - 1986 (Mini-Series; Performer, Director)

The Shirley MacLaine Show - 1985 (Special)

Shirley MacLaine: Illusions - 1982

Shirley MacLaine...Every Little Movement - 1980 (Performer, Producer)

Shirley MacLaine at the Lido - 1979 (Performer, Producer)

The Shirley MacLaine Special: Where Do We Go From Here? - 1977 (Special)

Gypsy in My Soul - 1976 (Performer, Producer)

The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir - 1975 (Documentary; Performer, Producer, Director)

Amelia - 1975 (Performer, Producer)

Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now - 1974 (Performer, Producer)

Shirley's World - 1971-1972 (Series)


Don't Fall Off the Mountain - 1970

McGovern: The Man and His Beliefs - 1972

You Can Get There from Here - 1975

Out on a Limb - 1983

Dancing in the Light - 1986

It's All in the Playing - 1987

Going Within: A Guide to Inner Transformation - 1989

Dance While You Can - 1991

My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir - 1995

The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit - 2000

Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love - 2003

Sage-ing While Age-ing - 2007

I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions - 2011

About the AFI Life Achievement Award

The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on February 26, 1973.  It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:

"The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients

Shirley MacLaine joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973.

1973    John Ford

1974    James Cagney

1975    Orson Welles

1976    William Wyler

1977    Bette Davis

1978    Henry Fonda

1979    Alfred Hitchcock

1980    James Stewart

1981    Fred Astaire

1982    Frank Capra

1983    John Huston

1984    Lillian Gish

1985    Gene Kelly

1986    Billy Wilder

1987    Barbara Stanwyck

1988    Jack Lemmon

1989    Gregory Peck

1990    David Lean

1991    Kirk Douglas

1992    Sidney Poitier

1993    Elizabeth Taylor

1994    Jack Nicholson

1995    Steven Spielberg

1996    Clint Eastwood

1997    Martin Scorsese

1998    Robert Wise

1999    Dustin Hoffman

2000    Harrison Ford

2001    Barbra Streisand

Tom Hanks
Robert De Niro
2004    Meryl Streep

2005    George Lucas

2006    Sean Connery

2007    Al Pacino

2008    Warren Beatty

2009    Michael Douglas

2010    Mike Nichols

2011    Morgan Freeman

2012    Shirley MacLaine

About the American Film Institute

AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.  AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

AFI preserves the legacy of America’s film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present, and the AFI Archive, which contains rare footage from across the history of the moving image.

AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards.  For 40 years, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while AFI Awards, the Institute’s almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year.  AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, as well as AFI Night at the Movies, have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers.  And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the United States, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including AFI Fest presented by Audi, the longest running international film festival in Los Angeles, celebrating its 25th edition this year; AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs, the largest documentary festival in the US; and year-round programming at the AFI Silver Theatre in the Washington, DC area.

AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its world-renowned AFI Conservatory, which was named the #1 film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter.  AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting.  AFI also explores new digital technologies through special workshops.

Additional information about AFI is available at