Friday, July 19, 2013


Al Hirschfeld

Dancer, actress, philosopher, author extraordinaire, that's Shirley MacClaine.

How many times have we fallen in love with the characters she's played -- suffered with her, prayed for her, laughed at her and with her?

She doesn't play the leading roles anymore.  Age, time -- becoming over the hill happens to you and me and happens also to famous actresses. --Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, and most certainly iy happened to Katherine  Hepburn,

And others -- Goldie Hawn, Melanie Griffith, Faye Dunaway -- hey, you can add to this list quite a few of your favorite  female and male celebrities, because the latest, big-money-making films  usually feature younger generation stars.

I can't help thinking about the remarkably talented Jane Fonda, who can handle so many different roles. Her highly publicized, recently face-lifted self, I think, gets in the way of our accepting what she's playing in current movies. (We're distracted, checking her out, thinking, gee, she looks great -- gee, she's a lot older than she looks.)

So now, rule-breaking Shirley M, age 79, has been joking about her age, and, not subtly, bragging a lot about how many men she's slept with -- and like Jane with her facelift, Shirley is getting herself news alerts, headlines, guest spots. With honest bravado, she's telling the truth, but will it get her jobs?

Dear Shirley MacLaine,
with what you did in "Terms of Endearmeant," in "Some Came Running, in "The Apartment,"  in "Postcards from the Edge" .... Yes, oh yes, you are here, you don't to sell us, tell us, brag or promote anything -- we love you, you are here.


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