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Santa Fe Independent Film Fest to honor MacLaine

SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s been nearly 60 years since Shirley MacLaine appeared in “The Trouble with Harry.”

In those six decades, MacLaine has dazzled inf film and TV, taking home an Oscar as well as four Golden Globes.

And during this year’s Santa Fe Independent Film Festival beginning on Oct. 15, the Santa Fe resident will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The actress will receive her award at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. She will also introduce her newest film, “Elsa & Fred” at the time.

“Elsa & Fred” stars MacLaine as Elsa and Christopher Plummer as Fred. It is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true. The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Scott Bakula, Chris Noth, George Segal and James Brolin.

“We are humbled and delighted to present Shirley MacLaine a Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Jacques Paisner, executive director and co-founder. “She is a cinematic icon who is beloved by Santa Feans.”

Paisner says the SFIFF is in Santa Fe as a destination for film. He says the festival brings cutting-edge programming, the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions with top directors, writers, and artists, all in the setting of downtown Santa Fe.

“SFIFF is honored and delighted to present a cinematic icon and Santa Fe resident at the Lensic Performing Arts Center,” he says.

MacLaine, a veteran in American film, television and theater has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress four times for her roles in “The Apartment,” “Irma la Douce,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Madame Sousatzka.”

She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983 for her iconic role in “Terms of Endearment.”

MacLaine was also honored with Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998 and in 2012, she received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the most honorable praise given in the film industry.