1967: Miss M. meets the Ruskies

Actress travels across the world for her films

From the Army Archerd Archive

May 29, 1967

GOOD MORNING: Shirley MacLaine’s talking a pic to be made in Russia with “War & Peace” director Sergei Bondarchuk, the result of her many extra-festival meets in Cannes. She admits her ability to stand toe-to-toe with the Ruskies in mutual cultural toasts (vodka) also impressed them! … Miss M., here briefly before departing for England and “The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom” (she recently wound “Woman X Seven” in France), finally returns home in August for “Sweet Charity” … The mucho-traveled actress says no matter where she goes, the Vietnam question seems to supersede any about showbiz. “You have no recourse but to be yourself — but you must stand up and know what you are.” MacLaine knows: Two “Dr. Dooley” boatloads of medical supplies she helped launch are now readying a trip up the Mekong River, thru Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, etc. (2007 Update: Shirley MacLaine’s credo remains the same today as she elaborates in her upcoming book, “Sage-ing and Aging” (Simon & Schuster), Nov. 6. She is also prepping to produce-star in her film “Poor Things” in which a pair of senior lassies goes on a stealing spree. Shirley is 73. The movie is inspired by real news events and crime scandals surrounding recent arrests and convictions of mischievous elderly women. On ShirleyMacLaine.com, she invites, people to join a moderated chat with Michael Brill, cosmic numerology, on Sunday. She also advises, “Did you know that all of the products on ShirleyMacLaine.com are products that I recommend because I have used, read them, worn them, or watched them.” Shirley wouldn’t have it any other way.)

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