Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Legend Shirley refuses TV chat

Acting legend Shirley MacLaine refused to do a television interview with an Ulster journalist after she failed to have the correct "Hollywood lighting".

The Oscar-winning star, who is in Northern Ireland to promote her latest film Closing the Ring, was set to be interviewed by GMTV reporter Aideen Kennedy at the plush Merchant Hotel in Belfast yesterday.

However Shirley - who starred in films such as Terms of Endearment - refused to get in front of their camera.

"Everyone had been given a slot to interview her, and we turned up on time with our gear," Ms Kennedy said.

"But she started talking about this special Hollywood lighting, which we weren't told about.

"I just found myself standing there with Shirley MacLaine having a rant which was quite frightening, and surreal."

But the journalist didn't walk away completely empty handed.

"We didn't get the interview - but I did manage to get an autograph for my sister."

A spokeswoman for Ms MacLaine said it was a one-off incident.

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