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The Last Word Shirley MacLaine
The Last Word Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine Explains How 'The Last Word' Connects to the Women's March

In “The Last Word,” Shirley MacLaine plays, by her own admission, a control freak who sets out to write her own obituary. MacLaine joined director Mark Pellington and fellow stars Thomas Sadoski, Annjewel Lee Dixon, and Anne Heche at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about the film, and why it resonates with the women’s marches that took place after the inauguration.

“She was born in the ’30s and therefore went through a lot of what went on with women being marginalized and much worse,” MacLaine said of her character. “So she became a control freak because she didn’t have the freedom to have control over her own environment.”

“That’s why we’re all wearing our pink and we’re standing up for the marchers and we’re very much in alignment with the need to be grown women,” she added.

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