December 26th, 2013
07:56 PM ET
4 months ago

Shirley MacLaine opens up on JFK, Rat Pack

Washington (CNN) - Shirley MacLaine’s career spans six decades – on stage, in the movies and as an author detailing beliefs on everything from reincarnation to life on other planets.

This weekend she will be one of the stars receiving the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to American culture.

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  1. ED1

    Good job Shirley another pay back for Obama friends.

    December 26, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    Why is this here? This is not political; she is an actress that has said some incredible things.

    December 26, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. ladies first

    she is opening doors in peoples minds when topics were otherwise closed discussions

    December 27, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @ED1
    Good job Shirley another pay back for Obama friends.

    Now that was a stretch, but then again, Obama haters say incredibly stupid things!

    December 27, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. ED1

    Truth hurts doesn't it Jeff they all do Obama just does a better job with his paybacks than others.

    December 27, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Tommy G

    Liberals arer very into giving out awards to each other. It makes them feel smart even though they are not.

    December 27, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @ED1
    I think I missed the proof you have for this accusation. I suppose if I told you I have a Pink Whale in my backyard you must believe me because there is no proof otherwise. No wonder conservative voters are led around by the nose by rocket scientists like Rush.

    December 27, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    @Tommy G: "Liberals arer very into giving out awards to each other. It makes them feel smart even though they are not."

    Here's a list of some past honorees, by year they were awarded; please note who was in the White House at that time. Hard-core conservatives apparently think that Liberals are "smart," too. :)

    2008
    Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey of The Who

    2007
    Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Leon Fleisher, Martin Scorsese, Brian Wilson

    2006
    Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Steven Spielberg

    2005
    Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford, Tina Turner

    2004
    Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Elton John, Joan Sutherland, John Williams

    2003
    James Brown, Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn, Mike Nichols, Itzhak Perlman

    2002
    James Earl Jones, James Levine, Chita Rivera, Paul Simon, Elizabeth Taylor

    2001
    Julie Andrews, Van Cliburn, Quincy Jones, Jack Nicholson, Luciano Pavarotti

    December 27, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @Silence DoGood: "No wonder conservative voters are led around by the nose by rocket scientists like Rush."

    Actually, they are lead around by their short hairs: They are so afraid of everything that they can be easily manipulated.

    December 27, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. T

    I love Shirley McClaine, have for years, we all have a kooky side, but she is a great actress!!!!!!!!! I love her movies, her guest appearances from the past.....and she is right, Hollywood isn't the same. Atleast back then there were some morals on the screen, and the ugly stuff wasn't available. And for Petes sake no reality shows! My all time fav is A Mule for Sister Sarah, and many others. I love her on Dowtown Abbey! She is a 10!

    December 27, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Floyd White

    In the Philippines in 1961, I, with several other Marines, was assigned security detail for Ms Mclaine. She was performing for the Philippine Independence Day celebration. She put on an excellent show. As on the screen, in person she was beautiful. I do not agree with her lifestyle, but as an entertainer, she is tops.

    December 27, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @ThinkAgain
    @Silence DoGood: "No wonder conservative voters are led around by the nose by rocket scientists like Rush."

    Actually, they are lead around by their short hairs: They are so afraid of everything that they can be easily manipulated.

    So a group of people in a fact-free fantasy world, running around scared of everything, and from some rally pictures, brandishing weapons and talking about doing violence to get their way, fueled by blind religious zealotry. What could go wrong? :)

    December 27, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Obamacare Website Programmer

    When does OJ get honored for his performance in the Naked Gun????

    December 27, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Tony D

    She is rather kooky. I hope they have her speech on a 7 second delay. You never know what is going to come out of her mouth.

    December 27, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    @Silence DoGood: "So a group of people in a fact-free fantasy world, running around scared of everything, and from some rally pictures, brandishing weapons and talking about doing violence to get their way, fueled by blind religious zealotry. What could go wrong? :)"

    Exactly. Even though I vehemently disagree with their politics, I get angry on behalf of so many of the GOP/tea bag base voters because many of them are unwittingly being used. Their beliefs and patriotism are being used as leverage to get them to vote against their own self-interest; knowingly hurting others is the definition of evil in my book.

    And I'm sure that the monied interests – domestic such as the Koch brothers, and foreign (insert the name of your favorite exploitive, greedy oligarch here) – laugh at these suckers behind their mahogany doors every chance they get.

    December 27, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    MacLaine is a tremendous actress and even if you don't agree with all her beliefs (and I don't agree with all of them), her honesty is admirable.

    Contrast that to the Duck Dynasty dudes who are as fake as can be: Google them before they decided to cash in by pretending to be hillbillies (before the beards) Photos can be found all over of their metro, yuppie selves (looking more like the multi-millionaires that they are — thanks to their family-run duck-call business) .

    December 27, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Why do conservatives hate artists ?

    Is it a marketing thing ?

    December 27, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Life on other planets, huh. One has to wonder about some of the natural wonders found on this planet.

    For example, mainstream archeologists say that the Great Pyramid at Giza took 20 years to construct, based upon writings and texts that have been found. The mainstream also says that the structure is composed of 2 million massive blocks, each weighing an average of 5 tons. Now grab a calculator. In order to lay down 2 million blocks in 20 years, you would have to work 24/7, around the clock, laying a FINISHED, cut block into its' FINAL resting place just over one every five minutes. It's simple math.

    December 27, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Jennie

    I can hardly wait until she starts talking about reincarnation and life on other planets because she has personally seen it with her own eyes. (queue the theme to the Twilight Zone)

    December 27, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. IA

    @ ThinkAgain...Wow!!!...They are all actors and they do that to make a living. Did you really think that because DD is labeled a reality show that it was "real" life?? Acting is not real whether you are Shirley MacLaine or Phil Robertson.....its acting!

    December 27, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @Jennie
    "I can hardly wait until she starts talking about reincarnation and life on other planets"
    -----
    I am just happy for a change from the christian / atheist debates. Both groups taken together are a minority in the world.

    December 27, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    @sb stein, this is here just as anything the screecher from AK says are still considered political.

    December 27, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    "I can hardly wait until she starts talking about reincarnation and life on other planets"

    So, explain to the class, how that is different from Mitt the Twit's belief that God is from a superior universe/galaxy to the one we live in?

    Shirley MacLain never got a single vote to be the President of the United States, just a series of amused chuckles and the occassional eye roll.

    December 27, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @IA: "@ ThinkAgain...Wow!!!...They are all actors and they do that to make a living. Did you really think that because DD is labeled a reality show that it was "real" life?? Acting is not real whether you are Shirley MacLaine or Phil Robertson.....its acting!"

    They're selling themselves as a heightened reality of what they really are ... if they were honest, their show would be more like "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."

    December 27, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Until someone dies and comes back with Polaroids, MacLaine's theories are just as valid as anyone else's.

    If more people tried to live a good life while here, leaving the world a better place from having been here, with no other motivation than it's the right thing to do, we'd all be better off.

    December 27, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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