Meryl Streep to Present AFI Life Achievement Award to Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine will be presented with the American Film Institute’s 40th Life Achievement Award by former AFI honoree Meryl Streep. The private black tie gala will be held on Thursday, June 7 at the historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. The ceremony will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9pm ET/PT.

The Life Achievement Award is the highest honor for a career in film. Streep, who played MacLaine’s daughter in ‘Postcards From the Edge,’ was honored with the award in 2004. Streep will be joined by various film luminaries to celebrate MacLaine’s career as an actress, singer, author, director and producer.

Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of AFI, said the world loves MacLaine. “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 sand beyond,” he said. He added that her life is more than just movies.

TV Land’s President, Larry W. Jones, said “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.” He added that MacLaine’s “storied film and television career is so rich and colorful, it will be an unforgettable tribute.”

The proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award gala will support the Institute’s national education programs. They will also preserve American history.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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Karen Benardello :As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.