A pair of legendary creative entertainers will receive career honors.
Shirley MacLaine has been selected by the American Film Institute to receive a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, four years after her younger brother Warren Beatty was recognized. She will be their 40th recipient.
The Oscar-winning actress is known for iconic performances in The Trouble with Harry, Around the World in Eighty Days, Some Came Running, The Apartment, The Children’s Hour, What a Way to Go, Irma La Douce, Sweet Charity, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Being There, The Turning Point, and Steel Magnolias. MacLaine won her coveted statuette in 1984 for her role in Terms of Endearment. She has attained a total of six Academy Awards nominations for her work.
Early in her career, she was also known to pal around with the infamous Rat Pack, whose membership included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Joey Bishop. She had a cameo role in the original Ocean’s Eleven.
A June 7th, 2012 gala is planned in her honor. The ceremony is set to air on TV Land later that month.
Stephen Sondheim is the most prolific Broadway composer in our lifetime. His credits include West Side Story and Gypsy (as lyricist); and creating A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, and Sweeney Todd. In cinema, he contributed tunes for Reds and Dick Tracy.
Sondheim has won multiple Tony and Grammy awards, an Oscar, and a Pulitzer Prize. To honor his 80th birthday, the Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in 2010. On November 1st, New York will bestow the city’s highest honor to the legendary composer for career achievement in the Arts. Sondheim will receive the Handel Medallion at Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan.
Congratulations to a living legend… Stephen Sondheim!
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