Published on May 20, 2013
Author and actress Shirley MacLaine shared opinions on such topics as 2012, reincarnation, and fear-based religion. “Religion was the jailer of man’s minds for many, many hundreds of years,” she mused, “and now you could say that science is.” MacLaine revealed that Stephen Hawking confided in her that the renowned scientist believes he is the reincarnation of Sir Isaac Newton. “He doesn’t just think it, he believes it. He knows it,” she declared. On the propensity for comedians to make light of her well-known esoteric beliefs, MacLaine quipped that “the only thing I’ve been insistent on, if people make jokes about me, is that the jokes be funny.” Over the course of MacLaine’s appearance, she also talked about her conversations with President Jimmy Carter and Dennis Kucinich about UFOs as well as her thoughts on a “new species” of humans emerging on the planet.
Shirley MacLaine has been nominated for six Academy Awards, won the Oscar for Best Actress is 1984 for “Terms of Endearment,” has appeared in more than fifty films, and has won three Emmy awards and ten Golden Globe Awards. Shirley is the author of ten international bestsellers and her latest work is Sage-ing While Age-ing. She currently resides in Malibu, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
MacLaine was married to businessman Steve Parker until their divorce in 1982. They had a daughter, Sachi. In April 2011, while promoting her new book, I’m Over All That, she revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she had an open relationship with her husband. According to her, she had had affairs with prime ministers and leading actors.
MacLaine has a strong interest in spirituality and metaphysics. Many of her best-selling books, such as Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light, have it as their central theme. Her interests have led her to such forms of spiritual exploration as walking El Camino de Santiago, working with Chris Griscom, and practicing Transcendental Meditation.
Her well-known interest in New Age spirituality has made its way into several of her films. In Albert Brooks’s romantic comedy Defending Your Life (1991), the recently deceased lead characters, played by Brooks and Meryl Streep, are astonished to find MacLaine introducing their past lives in the “Past Lives Pavilion”. In Postcards from the Edge (1990), MacLaine, playing a character loosely based on Debbie Reynolds, sings a special version of “I’m Still Here”, with customized lyrics created especially for her by composer Stephen Sondheim. One of the lyrics was changed to “I’m feeling transcendental — am I here?” In the made-for-television movie These Old Broads (2001) — written by Reynolds’ daughter Carrie Fisher — starring MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Carrie Fisher, MacLaine’s character is a devotee of New Age spirituality.
She has such a serious interest in UFOs that she has given numerous interviews on CNN, NBC, and Fox news channels on the subject through 2007–2008. In her book Sage-ing While Age-ing (2007), she mentioned her alien encounters and witnessing of Washington DC UFO incidents in the 1950s.