by Patricia Grandjean
Mar 22, 2012
10:39 AMBox Office
Q&A Web Exclusive: Shirley MacLaine
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If you had a month to interview Shirley MacLaine, you'd still only scratch the surface of her life and philosophies. So, imagine how frustrating this half-hour Christmastime interview was for me. There is a way to get more information: attend her one-woman show, "A Conversation with Shirley MacLaine," at 8 p.m. on March 24 at Torrington's Warner Theatre. For info and tickets, call (860) 489-7180 or visit warnertheatre.org.
How are you today?
I'm snowed in—I can't get up my driveway. It's quite interesting.
Where are you living these days?
Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I'd imagine most people wouldn't expect you to have such weather.
People don't get it; it's time they wake up. Because this is quite a diverse state. It's the high desert, just beautiful. I moved here 20 years ago. But it does seem like all the weather that should be in Connecticut is here now.
And in Connecticut, we had that weather back in October, before we were supposed to.
What do you think is going on?
I believe it's global warming. But obviously, we haven't all been given the information and understanding needed to convince us that's truly happening.
Because there's a lot invested in keeping us from knowing these things?
It's just amazing that in a democratic, free society, we're not being told enough about what's going on. What do you do with those feelings that there must be some kind of conspiracy going on?
Good question. In my immediate circle I rant and rail, in the larger community, very little. What is your take, by the way, on Occupy Wall Street?
I think they know that something we can't even define is running us. All you can do is express your displeasure, and that's what's happening in this case. The criticism has been that they're not very organized, but neither was the Arab Spring or the American Revolution at first, for that matter. I feel the frustration whenever I go out and do live shows—oh, man, do I feel what those people are feeling, because they just step up and say it out loud.