American Film Institute honors Shirley MacLaine
June 8th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

American Film Institute honors Shirley MacLaine

John Travolta has kind of been out of the spotlight lately (although his name's been in plenty of headlines), but he wasn't going to miss taking part in a tribute to Shirley MacLaine.

The 78-year-old actress was given a Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute in Los Angeles Thursday, and Travolta was tapped to help present the honor.

According to E!, the 58-year-old kept it all business at the event. He didn’t sit in the audience with fellow presenters Jennifer Aniston or Julia Roberts, instead just popping up on stage when it was time for him to deliver his speech.

"Several years ago, Warren Beatty was talking about a young actress," Travolta said. "And I said to him, 'What was she like?' And he said, 'She filled the room with presence like I've never seen before.'"

MacLaine, Travolta continued, "fills the world with presence like no one I've ever seen before."

The actor wasn’t the only A-Lister there to show appreciation. Longtime colleagues and collaborators Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman and Steven Spielberg were all in attendance for the ceremony, along with Sally Field, Meryl Streep and Melanie Griffith - some of whom MacLaine referred to directly.

"I want to thank and pay tribute to the women at my table," the “Terms of Endearment” actress said during her acceptance speech. "Because they've been my compadres, my other half of the sky, my sustained belief that women who speak their truth will make the world a better place."

But she didn't leave the men out, either, adding that she wanted to thank "all the fabulous co-stars, male, that I have worked with. Those I've made love to on the screen, and those I've made love to off the screen. I swear I remember maybe half."

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Pam Bock

    I heard that AMC was going to air the tribute tonight but I do not see it in the listings

    June 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ann

    She is awesome ! One hell of a woman. Only Shirley could handle The Rat Pack ! She should have an entirely different house for all the awards she deserves !

    June 14, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. LDM1

    Can't wait to see her in Downton Abby this season!

    June 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jb2817

    Wonder why Don Ricklrs wasnt mentioned?
    Must be because he insulted the Dear Exalted Leader, the One who's name we are not even worthy to speak

    June 13, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Oracle

    Quite a legend, and this award is way past due. Like an old bill you forgot to pay that ruins your credit.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gwynne Arment. Lompoc Ca

    She is well deserving! I adore her!

    June 12, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. GovBlagoFromPrison

    She's still alive??

    June 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |

    she's done some classic work, she is one of the greats..its about time.

    June 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. boop

    I seen was awesome. I think she deserved the recognition for all she has done. Great actress .I think she looks good for her age.

    June 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Central Scrutinizer

    Michael, buddy, time to lay off the Jaegermeister.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Michael Calaizzo

    A humanitarian nott a Taker such as Buffet.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Calaizzo

    She was very tight with the Rat pack!

    June 9, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Calaizzo

    She is the sister of Wareen beatty!

    June 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Oracle

      Very true, however Warren Beatty is known for being the brother of Shirley MacLaine. Not so much the other way around. Oddly.

      June 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. His Black Widow

    John T.. great actor. Lliked all his movies.

    June 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Central Scrutinizer

    Only 78? Dang! She's so crusty she looks like The Mummy!

    June 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tigresse

      Not crusty, just what a REAL woman at the age of 78 looks like – without plastic surgery. Beauty is more than skin deep!

      June 13, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  16. Samee

    Why thy see films you sinner. Repent or the chosen one will strike yea dead. Go back to thy sewing machine and finish that long dress you always wear.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. رهملا لتيليدلب

    Only "honor" this woman getting is damnation eternity for indecorous sham. She cavort around like harlot with face and hair naked to the eyes of the pious. Surely their better woman to honor? Better yet why not a man.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      Get off your moral high horse and shut the hell're pathetic.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      sooooooo when do we honor you ..i mean youve done so much with your life that you can take away from someone else ..heres your chance to list all youve done for the world and whatever you call your career ....

      June 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oracle

      She isn't always the nicest person in real life, but she is probably the most talented female entertainer in our history of films still alive today.
      According to her,
      she's been men several times in past lives so your wish is granted in more ways than one.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |

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