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CULVER CITY, CALIF. (AP) - It’s not just a single life that gets toted up when Shirley MacLaine receives a career award. It’s all her lives _ past, present and future.
MacLaine earned the American Film Institute’s life-achievement award Thursday night with friends and colleagues praising her accomplishments in this life _ and cracking jokes about the reincarnation believer’s other lives.
Co-stars Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson, Jack Black, Sally Field, Meryl Streep and others contributed to the loving roast of MacLaine, along with such friends, co-workers and admirers as Katherine Heigl, Don Rickles, Morgan Freeman and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.
Some stars lovingly ribbed MacLaine for her belief that she has lived many past lives. Black, MacLaine’s co-star in her current comic drama “Bernie,” presented a hilarious reel of himself congratulating the actress at career honors from prehistoric times to the Elizabethan era to U.S. colonial days.
“This is not the first lifetime-achievement award she’s won over the ages,” Black said.
Carrie Fisher, who wrote the 1990 comic drama “Postcards from the Edge” that starred MacLaine and Streep, joked that MacLaine “is actually some future person’s past life. Can you imagine that lucky bastard?”
The 40th recipient of the annual AFI honor, MacLaine received the best-actress Oscar for “Terms of Endearment” and was nominated four other times for such films as 1958’s “Some Came Running,” 1960’s “The Apartment” and 1977’s “The Turning Point.”
The awards show, held in a historic Sony Pictures soundstage where MGM shot “The Wizard of Oz,” will air June 24 on TV Land.
The ceremony featured taped segments with MacLaine recalling colorful episodes from her career, clips from her films such as “Sweet Charity,” “Being There,” “Guarding Tess” and her debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble with Harry,” and a segment on her collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and their Rat Pack pals.
MacLaine made a grand entrance to the dinner that preceded the show, taking the stage then working her way through the crowd with hugs and kisses for Beatty and wife Annette Bening, Streep, Rickles, Jennifer Aniston and others.
“Some performers are just indelible. We fall early and we fall hard for them, and we follow them for the rest of our lives,” Streep said. “That’s our Shirl. That’s you, babe.”
By John McAfee
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