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Shirley MacLaine to receive L.A. Film Critics honor

Shirley MacLaine to receive L.A. Film Critics honor
Shirley MacLaine, shown at the Oscars in 2015, will receive a career honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Shirley MacLaine will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics' career achievement honor at the group's annual awards dinner on Jan. 14.

MacLaine, 82, won the lead actress Oscar for "Terms of Endearment" in 1984. The American Film Institute has also given her a lifetime honor and, in 2013, she received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime of contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

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"When we first called her, she said, 'I demand a recount,'" LAFCA President Claudia Puig says. "She's still such a vital presence in the film community."

"I'm thrilled with the honor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the recognition and the encouragement," MacLaine said in a statement.

The actress, best known for her work in such movies as "The Apartment," "Steel Magnolias" and "Irma la Douce" (among many, many other titles), will next be seen on screen opposite Amanda Seyfried in the comedy "The Last Word," scheduled for spring 2017.

"Her range in comedy and drama is so impressive," Puig says, "as is the way she has grown and sustained that growth as an artist. We're thrilled to honor her."

LAFCA also announced it will vote on its annual film awards on Dec. 4. Los Angeles Times writers Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang, Mark Olsen and myself are members of the group.

Twitter: @glennwhipp

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