We are thrilled to announce that AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award at our gala tribute on June 7, 2012. The event will take place at Sony Pictures Studios, and will be broadcast on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. EST on TV LAND.
Streep, who was honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004, played MacLaine’s daughter in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (1990). Both actresses are multiple Academy Award recipients. Streep, nominated a record 17 times, including for POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, won for THE IRON LADY (2011), SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982) and KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979) while MacLaine, nominated six times, won for her portrayal of Aurora Greenway in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983).
Luminaries from across the film community will join Streep to celebrate the career of Shirley MacLaine, one of America’s treasured motion picture artists. MacLaine will be recognized for her breadth of talents as an actress, songstress, author, director and producer.
"The world loves Shirley MacLaine," said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of AFI. "AFI’s challenge will be how to fit it all into one evening because hers is a life that spans from movies to television to Broadway, books and beyond. Perhaps more than any other recipient, with Shirley I would underline the word life in Life Achievement Award," he said. "Her’s is a story more than just movies. It’s an epic journey, and she has invited all of us to come along for the ride."
"It is sure to be a magical evening celebrating Shirley’s career, especially with Meryl Streep and many other stars who will be on hand," remarked Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. "Shirley’s storied film and television career is so rich and colorful, it will be an unforgettable tribute."
HP is the Presenting Sponsor of the gala tribute. Official Sponsors include Audi of America, Deloitte, Verizon Digital Media Services and American Airlines - the official airline of AFI, with additional support provided by Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Stella Artois.