MacLaine earns AFI honor for her many lives

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Accepting the award from Streep, also a past winner of the AFI prize, MacLaine paid respect to the Jacks in her life, including Nicholson, Black and “The Apartment” co-star Jack Lemmon.

She also had some fond words for all of the leading men she has known, “those I made love to on the screen and those I made love to off the screen. I swear, I remember only half.”

MacLaine thanked the women who shared her dinner table for the evening, among them Streep and “Steel Magnolias” co-star Field, saying they had been her “other half of the sky, my sustaining belief that women who speak the truth will make the world a better place.”

And she put in her own wisecrack about the prospects of future lives.

“For all of the over-achievers in this room, we should relax and enjoy it,” MacLaine said, “because if we don’t do it now, we’ll do it next time.”

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