There is something palpably wistful about the second night and second representation. The fact that it is the last one, probably. When all of us dancers are on the stage for the finale, I’m always on the verge of tears. Yes, I’m an emotional bitch! I’m both intensely happy to be dancing and I think : ‘Let not this be the last dance!’
SHIRLEY MACLAINE IS A HOLLYWOOD ICON
And it was about time for the American Film Institute to aknowledge it. Ms. MacLaine is this year’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and I’m glad her carreer is given the acclaim it deserves. When you watch her movies, you realize how talented this woman is. She has, and always had, this very lively, upbeat personality; and I’ve always loved what she would call her “kooky” characters from the feisty Jennifer in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry(her breakthrough) to Charity or Irma La Douce. But she also proved early on that she could do drama. I love Ask Any Girl but my favorite film of hers has to be The Children’s Hour. Not because it is the best film she’s ever played in (it is great, but it’s not); and I share her regrets that director William Wyler wasn’t more faithful to the original play. Anyways, it was daring for a 1961 film to focus on homosexuality, and for a young actress to play a lesbian, even a down toned one, and Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn are just fantastic as Martha and Karen. I love when she says that Audrey taught her how to dress and she taught Audrey how to curse! Another thing I admire about her is how she’s always lived her life to the fullest. She was an actress for the screens (both silver and small) and the stage, she sang, she danced and started touring the world at 50 (and she still does most of those things). She’s been married to Steve Parker for almost thirty years, but until their divorce they had an “open marriage” and she had an intense affair with Robert Mitchum. Among others. She recently said she once had “three people in one day” to a very shocked Oprah Winfrey! When I read that story, someone said in the comments, pointing at the journalist’s assumption that Shirley MacLaine once had sex with three men in one day, that the actress never spoke about “men” but “people”. I loved that comment. But she also noted about the experience that she did it because everybody did it then. I was going to think it ran in the family! Speaking of which, why hasn’t anybody thought of having both Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine in a film together? It could never be bad, talent is definitely in the siblings’ genes. She is also a devoted and caring mother, even if her daughter Sachi was mostly raised by her dad in Japan. Shirley believes in reincarnation, but in the span of her 78 years of life, she’s already lived plenty. And she still is.