Shirley MacLaine to tour Australia

As reported in today’s Sunday Telegraph, Shirley MacLaine returns to Australia in December with a tour of her intimate chat show.

Shirley MacLaine. Photo: supplied

Shirley MacLaine. Photo: supplied

Given her belief in reincarnation, Shirley MacLaine could doubtless draw on numerous past lives if she wanted to in her intimate theatre chat show. But the screen legend has packed so many colourful experiences into this lifetime that there’s no need.

MacLaine will tour Australia at the end of this year with her show If They Could See Me Now – Shirley MacLaine. She has previously toured the show as An Evening With Shirley MacLaine in the US.

She will share stories about her life and stellar 60-year career, along with photos, film clips, wisdom and behind-the-scenes gossip. There will also be a Q & A session.

Now 80, MacLaine has given countless unforgettable performances ranging from The Trouble With Harry for Alfred Hitchcock in 1955 to Downton Abbey in 2013. Other screen credits include Irma La Douce, Sweet Charity, Steel Magnolias and Terms of Endearment for which she won an Academy Award.

She was the only female member of the Rat Pack and has rubbed shoulders with everyone from Elvis and Fidel Castro to Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.

Then there were affairs with the likes of Robert Mitchum, Danny Kaye, Yves Montand, Andrew Peacock, and Swedish and Canadian Prime Ministers Olof Palme and Pierre Trudeau, not to mention her crusading belief in UFOs.

She will have no shortage of stories to tell.

Still as busy as ever, she will soon be seen opposite Demi Moore and Jessica Lange in a film called Wild Oats.

Producer John Frost, who brought Julie Andrews to Australia in a similar-style show last year, said the evening with MacLaine “should be fun, scintillating and a bit dangerous.

“She’s a very strong woman and she’s not scared of coming forward and expressing her opinions. She shoots from the hip and I think that will be part of the enjoyment.

“The Q & A won’t be vetted,” said Frost. “You can ask what you like and she will answer it, or not.”

Shirley MacLaine will perform at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne on December 4; Festival Theatre, Adelaide on December 6; Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane on December 8; and Sydney’s State Theatre on December 10

The Ticketmaster pre-sale begins tomorrow, with general tickets going on sale on September 15

The Sunday Telegraph will run an exclusive interview with MacLaine on September 14

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