Several articles popped up yesterday reporting that Meryl has been chosen to present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award on June 7. Congratulations, Shirley! I'm a big fan, going back to the first role I saw her in, Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux, in Steel Magnolias. She and Meryl of course starred together in 1990's Postcards from the Edge, and from what I can gather are pretty good friends.
I'm glad to see they're honoring another woman for this award. I believe MacLaine will be only the 7th since they started giving out the award in 1973. Meryl was honored in 2004, which was an amazingly fun event to watch. There was just so much hyperbole about her acting talents from her colleagues, and you know I eat that shit up. I sort of wish she hadn't been honored already because I would love to see what they said about her great roles that have come after 2004. The presentation to MacLaine will be televised on TV Land on June 24.