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Shirley MacLaine


Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine shares trademark wit, memories of life in show business

Shirley MacClaineOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Shirley MacLaine has enraptured audiences for five decades. Now she's inviting you to spend a provocative evening with her.

MacLaine will appear at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Carlsen Center, when she will combine a montage of memorable film moments with private revelations about her extraordinary life, career and spiritual journey. Her appearance in the center's Yardley Hall is part of the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.

Tickets, which are $150, $65, $55, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or at

MacLaine's work comprises more than 50 feature films highlighted by an Academy Award win and six nominations, six Emmy Awards, the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award and the title of international best‐selling author.

In June, MacLaine was awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. And in January, she joined the cast of Downton Abbey, the breakout PBS hit.

A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, women’s rights and spiritual understanding, MacLaine became known for her faith in reincarnation, angels, the power of crystals and other New Age beliefs. She has addressed these topics at length, as well as her Hollywood career, in her books Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light.

"I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself," MacLaine says, "and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part."

MacLaine made her professional debut dancing in a Broadway revival of Oklahoma! in the 1950s. Her first film was Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for "New Star of the Year – Actress" in 1955. In 1983, MacLaine won her Oscar for her work on Terms of Endearment. MacLaine was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998.

MacLaine’s additional credits include the notable films of Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts, Postcards from the Edge with Meryl Streep, In Her Shoes with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette, and Rumor Has It with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner. MacLaine’s television credits include the telefilms, These Old Broads, Carolina and Salem Witch Trials. She also starred in the CBS miniseries, Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay,” the life story of the cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash.

Recently, MacLaine appeared in the Lifetime made‐for‐TV movie Coco Chanel and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. Her latest film was Bernie, released in 2011. And her latest book, I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions, also came out in 2011.