Happy Birthday, Shirley MacLaine

24 Apr

Happy Birthday

Shirley MacLaine turns 78 today, Happy Birthday.  I have to confess, I’ve always loved Shirley MacLaine for speaking her mind, for her acting career, her politics and support of the LGBT community.  During this time of what is indisputably the war on women, let us read at this quote from MacLaine:

Let us not let them take away these rights for this is clearly not a decision that some senator needs to be making. This is a very personal and private decision between a woman and her doctor. It’s a medical decision and needs to remain in our hands. It is not the place of relgious extremists to take our rights out of our hands. I knew of a man years ago before roe v wade was in place who had to watch his wife die because the law wouldn’t let them abort her baby so they saved the baby and let her die and the child required alot of care and he had two other children. This is not something that the government needs to be included in. This is one more way that the state is trying to worm its way into our very bedrooms, is nothing sacred? Lets get busy and make yet more calls and send more emails.

What is profoundly disturbing is that this quote is from 2003, during the W years.  How sad that things have grown far scarier–thank you Gov. Brewer, John Boehner, Darrell Issa, and all the rest of the misogynists who are supposed to SERVE the people of the United States.

What a pleasure it is to celebrate a strong voice who is not afraid to stand up for social justice.

4 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Shirley MacLaine”

  1. Jay April 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Ms. MacLaine! She has long been one of the bravest and most idiosyncratic of stars–while I slap my forehead at some of her choices (putting her spiritual beliefs front-and-center wasn’t the wisest career move, and neither was choosing Cannonball Run 2 as the follow-up to Terms of Endearment)–she has always done things on her own terms, following her own heart and her own muse.

    I particularly recommend Being There, which in retrospect is quite a poignant film: it is the last great Hal Ashby film, the last great Peter Sellers performance, the last great Melvyn Douglas performance, and the only screenplay of the late novelist Jerzy Kosinski.

    According to IMDB she has SEVEN upcoming projects, an impressive total for an actor half her age! Few performers are as deserving of a late-career renaissance as Shirley MacLaine.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 25, 2012 at 6:53 am #

      Yes, she is certainly a bit eccentric, and I’m grateful to have never seen Cannonball Run 2. I had no idea she has 7 projects in the queue–wow! I have to admit I really loved her in Terms of Endearment.

  2. nevercontrary April 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Did you see the new abortion law they are floating around in California? It is like the antithesis of the crazy laws being passed in my neighborhood.

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