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A sneak peak at the Shirley MacLaine AFI Life Achievement Award show! Jack Black (her co-star in BERNIE) gave this hilarious tribute to Shirley. You can watch the entire show on Sunday, June 24 at 9 pm EST/PST on TV Land! 

The 40th AFI Life Achievement Award gala honoring recipient Shirley MacLaine.

Shirley MacLaine: The 40th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala

The stars aligned last night for a tribute to Shirley MacLaine, who was lauded with AFI’s 40th Life Achievement Award. Some of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to celebrate one of America’s most beloved artists, and presenting guests included her brother Warren Beatty, Dakota Fanning, Sally Field, Carrie Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Katherine Heigl, Elizabeth McGovern, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and John Travolta.

The evening’s festivities kicked off with MacLaine entering the gala of over 1,000 attendees to “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” a song she made famous in the 1969 screen version of “Sweet Charity.”

Immediately following dinner, Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s Academy Award®-winning brother and 2008 AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, talked about how the AFI Life Achievement Award was established in 1973 to ensure that “the great masters of film may take their deserved place in history beside leaders in other arts” and introduced the award recipients in attendance to celebrate MacLaine and the award’s 40th anniversary – Sidney Poitier (1992), Jack Nicholson (1994), Steven Spielberg (1995), Meryl Streep (2004) and Morgan Freeman (2011).

Peppered throughout the night were video tributes from Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jack Black, James L. Brooks, Stephen Hawking, Goldie Hawn, Nicole Kidman, 2010 AFI Life Achievement recipient Mike Nichols and Charlize Theron.

The 2004 AFI Life Achievement Award honoree and Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep bestowed the prestigious award at the end of the evening to her friend, Shirley MacLaine. Streep said, “There are some performers who are indelible. You fall for them early. You fall hard. And you follow them the rest of your life. That’s our Shirl.”

Upon receiving the award, Shirley spoke first about the women at her table, Jennifer Aniston, Sally Field, Melanie Griffith, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, saying they were “my other half of the sky and my sustained belief that you women will make the world a better place.” She went on to say “thank you to the fabulous leading men I’ve had the pleasure of making love to, on and off the screen.” MacLaine added, “When you’re in my life, you never get away – even if you die,” and closed by saying, “My one piece of assurance to all of us who are overachievers: don’t worry, what we don’t get done now, we will the next time around – if we keep our feet firmly planted on the ground and our heads in the stars, and always listen to the mothers and women in our lives.”

Among the many other guests present to honor MacLaine were Annette, Bening, Toni Collette, Peter Fonda, Marcia Gay Harden, Dennis Haysbert, Dennis Kucinich, Deborah Secco, Tom Skerritt, Cecilia Suarez and Mena Suvari.

The gala, entitled “TV Land Presents: AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine,” was taped at historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios and will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Meryl Streep to Present Shirley MacLaine with the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award

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.

AFI Life Achievement Award Retrospective: Shirley MacLaine

From April 22 - June 11, 2012, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD will host a retrospective on the films of this year’s Life Achievement Award recipient, Shirley MacLaine.

"Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades. 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." – Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of AFI’s Board of Trustees

Shirley MacLaine’s illustrious career comprises more than 50 feature films highlighted by an Academy Award win and six nominations, as well as six Emmy Award nominations recognizing her work in television. She made her screen debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, and went on to work with a number of celebrated filmmakers, including Billy Wilder, William Wyler, Vincente Minnelli, Robert Wise, Don Siegel, Bob Fosse and Hal Ashby. She will next be seen on screen in Richard Linklater’s BERNIE and will join the cast of TV’s international sensation DOWNTON ABBEY for its third season.

AFI’s 40th Life Achievement Award will be presented to MacLaine at a gala tribute on June 7, 2012, in Los Angeles, and broadcast later that month on TV Land. 


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