Thesp to receive Life Achievement Award

AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute’s 40th Life Achievement Award.

Event will be held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, June 7, and will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Streep, who was honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004, played MacLaine’s daughter in “Postcards from the Edge.”

Luminaries from across the film community will join Streep to celebrate the career of Shirley MacLaine.

“The world loves Shirley MacLaine,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of AFI. “AFI’s challenge will be how to fit it all into one evening because hers is a life that spans from movies to television to Broadway, books and beyond. Perhaps more than any other recipient, with Shirley I would underline the word life in Life Achievement Award,” he said. “Hers is a story more than just movies. It’s an epic journey, and she has invited all of us to come along for the ride.”

“It is sure to be a magical evening celebrating Shirley’s career, especially with Meryl Streep and many other stars who will be on hand,” remarked Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. “Shirley’s storied film and television career is so rich and colorful, it will be an unforgettable tribute.”

Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award gala directly support the Institute’s national education programs and the preservation of American film history.

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