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Shirley MacLaine talks about Oscars, Robert Osborne and her new film

Shirley MacLaine talks about Oscars, Robert Osborne and her new film

Shirley MacLaine is on a roll. She became a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook when she appeared at last month’s Oscars with Charlize Theron. Earlier this year, she received the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Career Achievement Award and this month was honored at the Texas Film Awards in Austin with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

She’s also been earning rave reviews for “The Last Word,” an indie drama going into wider release on Friday, playing Harriet, a controlling retired businesswoman who decides she wants to control what is written about her in her obituary. So she enlists the paper’s young obit writer (Amanda Seyfried) to write her life story.

MacLaine, 82, made...

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