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Out On A Limb - Part 1/24 - 1986 - Shirley MacLaine

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Malibu Beach's sunset... Magic hour we call it in the movies... Is that time of day between light and dark that always makes me wonder who I am and where I fit in. I'm gona tell you a story that changed my life! When I passed forty I began to ask myself some serious questions. Because I felt something was missing. Something I knew was there, but I couldn't quite touch. Questions like: "Why are we here?" "Do we really die?" "Have we lived before?" "Is there life after death?" "Are we just an accident?" You know, "simple" questions like that. Well these questions came into focus... because of a love affaire. And this was no ordinary love affaire. Well none of them ever are. Well, this was an impossible relationship that led into areas that surprised even me. I did not understand then why I felt so compelled to be with this man. Well I do now! It all began on my opening night at the London Palladium... some years ago. Wonderful lovely night, Shirley! Thank you... thank you... thank you! You were terrific! Now champagne and chocolate, move to my dressing room. And after that xxxxxxx Dear girl... Enchanting as always. - Thank you! Congratulations! How do you do it? Oh, I still think I'm twelve... - Yes but your body believes that, too. I've twelve going on forty-five. Yes, well... my husband and I have someone we want you to meet. He can't stay, but... he'd love to meet you. - Who is it? He is... the tall one by the door. The one with the ginger hair. He's one of the new leaders of our socialist party... A good friend, heaven knows why... if elected, he'd probably take my jewels and give them to the poor. He's probably our new prime-minister. Can you believe it? Finally, we have our very own dashing JFK. I know you'd like the way he thinks. I like the way he thinks already. - What? Oh, yes. Well his name is Gerald Stamford. He loved xxxxxxxx Shirley, I'd like you to meet the new "Sir Gallagher" of british parties: Gerald Stanford. - Hi. How do you do? Now if you'd excuse me, I must find Freddy. - Thank you, Sara! Well, you were wonderful tonight! - Thank you! - You won't. You seem to be in very good shape. Yes, well.. it takes care and attention, just like anything does... if you wanna do it well. Yes! Well... mm... I really enjoyed the dancing. - Oh, that's good to hear! I like to think of myself as a dancer. I'm a gipsy, you know, I guess I always will be... Gipsy? - Yes, that's a term we use in the theatre to describe dancers. It's a very appropriate term. I'm always on the move. Gipsy? So I like that. - I like your tuxedo. Aaa... Thank you! It is... as a socialist I always feel a bit uncomfortable in this getup, but... I have indeed a speech, at a dinner tonight, so... I see. Well you couldn't wear bermuda shorts now, could you? But you would probably look great in anything. Oh, the voters'd appreciate that. - Well, I hope so, too. But I don't think I'm gonna put it to the test. Can I ask you a personal question? - Go ahead. How do you get your hair to fall down over your forehead like that? Does it take a lot of time every morning? No. I just leave it alone... it seems to work better that way. Excuse me, Sir! The car is waiting and you are expected. Thank you, Tabby, I'll be right there. Well, I really enjoyed meeting you! Likewise. Good luck on your speech tonight! - Thank you! Shirley! I've got Lou Grade over there... He's been asking for you. - Ok! This is my agent, Mort Viner. Jerry Stamford. Mort, how do you do? Nice meeting you! I think if you do the Trousky xxx we might get a deal on the xxx air I think. Ok, ok, ok, ok. Well, congratulations again! - Thanks! Who's that? They tell me he's going to be the next prime minister. Graceful, isn't he? I think it's roam a little. I didn't see Jerry again throughout my London engagement. And although I noticed his name in the papers, I almost forgotten our meeting by the time I finished my European tour and returned home. Your hat off! Bella, you're not running for Senate in the kitchen! I can't! I don't have time to have my hair done. Oh, don't eat the bread... come on! I'm going on a diet xxx right after lunch. - Sure! So! The tour was good, huh? Ya! You had good audiences? - Ya. You had a good time? - Ya! So... what's wrong? Did you ever feel that you are not seeing what you're looking at because you're not real sure about what you see in yourself? Will you run that by me again? All right. The more I see of the world, the more I feel there's something missing. And I feel the same thing in here. Oh, come on! Look at you... you got everything. What could possibly be missing? Tell the man who drives the wonderbread truck with four kids to feed that you haven't got it all. I'm not talking about fame and money and success. So what do you mean? You're not happy? Oh, no. It's like there's some... purpose to being alive and I don't know what it is. I mean this can't be... everything. Is just can't be! Can it? I mean why are we here? Here?... In New York? I'm saying there's got to be more. And maybe I realized this because I have so much, you know. And I don't have those struggling survival problems any more, like most people do. But not having those problems isn't fixing what's bothering me! So... when did you see Mike last? Oh, that's over a long time ago. You know that... Hello! - Hello, this is Gerry Stamford. Who? - Gerry Stamford. We've met in London. After the first time of your show. I was there with Lou and Eddie Carter. They gave me your number. The "walk into the closet man"... How are you? I'm fine. Would you have dinner with me tonight? Tonight?! Yes. I'm here on a conference... Oooh! Aaaa, tonight... well, alright, I'd love to. Fine, I'll pick you up at about 7.30. I have your address. Alright, I am so surprised to hear from you, really. I didn't ex...

Video Details

Duration: 9 minutes and 56 seconds
Year: 1986
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Stan Margulies
Director: Robert Butler
Views: 329
Posted by: gabystan on Apr 2, 2013

Out on a Limb was an autobiographical book written by Shirley MacLaine in 1983 and adapted for television in 1986. The ABC Television miniseries starred Shirley MacLaine (playing herself), John Heard as "David Manning", and Charles Dance as "Gerry Stamford ". It details MacLaine's journeys through new-age spirituality. We follow MacLaine from California to various locations including New York and Europe, culminating in a life-changing trip to the Andes mountains in Peru. Central characters include "David" who is, according to MacLaine herself, a composite character, "Gerry Stamford", a married man and member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, with whom MacLaine was having an affair, and real-life close friend and politician, Bella Abzug (played by Anne Jackson).

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