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Shirley MacLaine

Gordon Munro, born 1938
Shirley MacLaine, born 24 Apr 1934
Chromogenic print on paper
Sheet: 34.2 × 27cm (13 7/16 × 10 5/8")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.6cm (22 × 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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When actress Shirley MacLaine turned fifty on April 24, 1984, she was enjoying what she said was the best year of her life. She had just won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Actress in the critically acclaimed film Terms of Endearment. She was also singing and dancing and packing the 1,992-seat Gershwin Theatre in New York City with her one-person show, Shirley MacLaine on Broadway. In addition, the paperback edition of her book on spiritualism, Out on a Limb, had just reached the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Little wonder that Time posed her doing a theatrical high kick for its cover that spring.
Cuando la actriz Shirley MacLaine cumplió cincuenta el 24 de abril de 1984, se encontraba en lo que dijo era el mejor año de su vida. Acababa de ganar un Golden Globe y un Oscar como mejor actriz en la aclamada película Terms of Endearment. También cantaba, bailaba y estaba llenando a capacidad las 1,992 butacas del Gershwin Theatre de New York con su show unipersonal Shirley MacLaine on Broadway. Por otro lado, su libro sobre espiritismo, Out on a Limb, había alcanzado el primer lugar en la lista de mayor venta del New York Times. No es de extrañar entonces que Time la retratara para su portada de primavera en una pose teatral, con una pierna en el aire.
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