40th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Shirley MacLaine
With more than 70 acting titles to her name, 5 Academy Award nominations, and one win (for her 1983 lead in Terms of Endearment), it is obvious that Shirley MacLaine has changed Hollywood and the art of acting. So, to honor this legend, AFI presented her with the 40th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award last Thursday. MacLaine is only the 7th woman to ever receive this honor - following Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, and Meryl Streep.
MacLaine started out on broadway, eventually moved to the big screen, and then took television by storm. She has acted in some of the most memorable and iconic films, including The Apartment, The Children’s Hour, Steel Magnolias, and The Turning Point.
With 5 films listed in pre-production and an extra one currently being filmed (via IMDB), MacLaine shows no signs of slowing down. She’s even guest starring on an episode of the critically acclaimed Downton Abbey which is scheduled to air during the third season.
In MacLaine’s acceptance speech, she acknowledged her fellow leading ladies as ”my other half of the sky and my sustained belief that you women will make the world a better place.”