Thesp to be feted at annual gala on June 7

Shirley MacLaine has been set as the American Film Institute’s 40th Life Achievement honoree.

The AFI will fete MacLaine’s long and multi-faceted career on screen at its annual gala on June 7. The ceremony will be broadcast later in June on TV Land.

“From ingenue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is evenfurther evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents,” said Howard Stringer, Sony Corp. chief and chair of AFI’s board of trustees, in announcing MacLaine’s selection.

After starting out as a hoofer on Broadway, MacLaine made her film debut in 1955′s “The Trouble With Harry.” Since then, her screen resume has included such standout pics as “The Apartment,” “Irma La Douce,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Being There,” “The Turning Point” and “Steel Magnolias.” She’s earned six Oscar noms to date and one win, for 1983′s “Terms of Endearment.”

MacLaine will be on screen next in the indie “Bernie,” opposite Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey. She’s also touring with her one-woman show that blends a career retrospective with ruminations on spirituality and other metaphysical matters she’s discussed in her numerous books. Her most recent memoir, “I’m Over All That — And Other Confessions,” was released in April.

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