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Meryl Streep Will Present Shirley MacLaine with AFI Life Achievement Award

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 23, 2012 at 2:23PM

AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in a black tie gala held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on June 7. Shirley MacLaine's career has encompassed over fifty feature films, including one Academy Award, six nominations for Oscars and six for Emmys, and seven Golden Globe Awards.
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Shirley MacClaine

AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in a black tie gala held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on June 7.  The presentation will air on TV Land on June 24 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

Shirley MacLaine's career has encompassed over fifty feature films, including one Academy Award, six nominations for Oscars and six for Emmys, and seven Golden Globe Awards. She debuted as a dancer in a Broadway revival of "Oklahoma" in the 1950s and made her onscreen debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry" in 1955. She has starred in "The Children's Hour," "The Apartment," "Steel Magnolias," and "Terms of Endearment," for which she won her Oscar.  MacLaine's latest and upcoming projects include indie hit "Bernie," co-starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, and appearances in the next season of "Downton Abbey" and Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Meryl Streep, who was honored with the Life Achievement Award in 2004, played MacLaine's daughter in "Postcards from the Edge" in 1990.  MacLaine will receive the AFI's 40th Life Achievement Award.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.