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Re: Shirley MacLaine

From: A. J. Gevaerd <aj.nul>
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:48:27 -0300
Archived: Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:27:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 13:11:25 -0500
>Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine

>>From: From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO <aj.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2011 12:34:48 -0300
>>Subject: Re: Shirley MacLaine


>>I must say that, so far, among the info that I got about her,
>>yours isn't majority, while shared with several people.

>Since you provide no specifics, A. J., I can't address this
>sentence or discern its genesis. I can tell you, however, as an
>American with a keen interest in this country's history,
>politics, and culture, that my characterization of her is

>If by "very influential" your source meant that Shirley MacLaine
>knows people in politics... well, yes, of course she does.
>Politicians worship Hollywood celebrities just as many other
>people do; that's been the subject of entire books. (Let me
>state my own prejudice: I don't worship Hollywood celebrities. I
>do appreciate good acting.) That MacLaine can have doors opened
>to her that would be closed to you and me... well, she's a big
>celebrity, and celebrities get to experience that favor as their
>due. Whether she is influential in government, though, is quite
>another question, to which the answer is no.

>As a political figure MacLaine was among the first female
>Hollywood celebrities to attach themselves to rising feminist
>activism in the 1970s. In those days she gave money to feminist
>groups and shared platforms with prominent figures in the
>movement, which did indeed prove influential, though it would
>have done so with or without MacLaine's assistance. MacLaine
>only rode the train; she didn't build it or the tracks on which
>it moved.

>Her erstwhile feminist associates sometimes expressed
>disappointment at her subsequent embrace of fringe pursuits,
>which only made her the butt of the late-night television comics
>and other culture bellwethers, put her out of the national
>conversation, and ended her credibility as a spokesperson on
>mainstream issues.

Okay, Jerry. Thanks again for your input, which I will try to
use in my intro of the interview.

A. J.

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