Happy 85th Birthday to Shirley MacLaine, the esteemed dancer, actress, writer, and spiritual seeker. A 6-time Academy Award nominee, MacLaine received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature for A China Memoir, and Best Actress nominations for Some Came Running (Frank Sinatra, 1958), The Apartment and Irma la Douce (with Jack Lemmon 1960-63), and The Turning Point (1977), before winning Best Actress for Terms of Endearment in 1983. She’s also won and Emmy, seven Golden Globe awards, the AFI and Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, and has written 15 best-selling books. Her latest release, “Out on a Leash: How Terry’s Death Gave Me New Life,” focuses on her relationship with one of her beloved rescue dogs. CHECK OUT her new Christmas film and hear how she’s loving life at 85… (1934)

In recent years, she’s appeared in (among others) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Downton Abbey, and The Last Word, a 2017 film about a powerful, but unloved, senior who sets out to rewrite her inevitable obituary. Look for Shirley in the upcoming Disney holiday film Noelle, starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, in which Santa Claus’ daughter must take over the family business.

Publicity Photo Released for The Last Word, 2017

MacLaine has a daughter and two grandchildren, and she treasures her relationship with actor Warren Beatty, the famous younger brother who grew up with her in Virginia.

“When you get to the point, as I am now, that you are the maker of your own creativity and your own life, it becomes very pleasant, comfortable and peaceful.”

Taking two acting jobs a year and regularly flying to see shows in New York, she describes her life in the mountains with her dogs as very full. “It’s the best I’ve ever been,” she says. (Keep up with her activities at shirleymaclaine.com)

WATCH Meryl Streep below presenting her AFI Life Achievement Award—and Shirley’s acceptance speech—a tribute to the women in her life, and her male co-stars. (See her amazing dance sequence with Gene Kelly (and those long legs) in the campy film, What a Way To Go! which also co-starred Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, and Dick Van Dyke.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The first newspaper in the United States, the New-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts (1704)
  • The first reporter, William Price from the Washington Star, was assigned to cover the White House (1897)
  • Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (1953)
  • A television signal was bounced off a satellite for the first time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1962)
  • Paul McCartney said there was no truth to the rumors he is dead (1969)
  • The Hubble Space Telescope was launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery (1990)
  • The Palestine Liberation Organization assembly voted to revoke its pledge that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel (1996)
  • Bill Shoemaker won his 8,000th horse race—2000 more than any other jockey (1981)
  • The United States lifts economic sanctions on Libya after 18 years, following its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction (2004)
From the James Corden YouTube channel, 2018

Happy Birthday to Barbra Streisand, who turns 77. Watch her ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with James Corden from December. (1942)

The Great Hall, Library of Congress

On this day in 1800, the Library of Congress was established by the US Congress in Washington, DC, which provided $5,000 for the purchase of books and maps.

Interestingly, after most of the original collection was destroyed by the British in the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson restored its shelves, selling to the Library his entire personal collection of 6,487 books.