2016-03-18

Shirley MacLaine Gets It Exactly Wrong

MSN.com has the report, but I think they wrote all the relevant parts of the story in the wrong order. Here is the middle part of the story:
Detailing her relationship with film producer Steve Parker, MacLaine tells PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle during a Sirius XM town hall that she and her husband of 28 years were friends more than lovers. 
"I guess you would say 'practiced an open marriage' in 1954, which was another lifetime," she says. "No one understood it, we did. He lived in Japan basically, I lived in America working, and this and that."

She continued, "We'd meet up, always great friends, traveled sometimes together."
The couple split up in 1982, but not before welcoming one daughter, actress Sachi Parker. Parker was mostly raised by her father, a childhood she later detailed in a 2013 tell-all book her mother called "virtually all fiction." 
Failed marriage - check. Abandoned child - check. Estranged daughter - check. You know, if you didn't read any other part of the story, you'd almost make the mistake of concluding that MacLaine had made some serious mistakes in life, for which she has paid dearly.

But, no, MSN.com has not published an article about MacLaine's regrets, but rather - wait for it - her advice on how to maintain a successful long-term relationship!
Regardless [of all the aforementioned bad stuff], MacLaine stands by the relationship with the man she once told The Guardian was the "love of my life."
The story starts out like this:
Want a life of happiness? Don't do it alone – but certainly don't get too tied down, says Shirley MacLaine
The Downton Abbey star, who has been famously candid about her love life – which has included a handful of affairs – says that the only way to ensure marital success is to take an open approach to monogamy.
The headline of the story reads, "Shirley MacLaine On Why An Open Marriage Is The Only Way To Go." Toward the end of the story, MacLaine is quoted as saying,
"I think that's the basis for a long-lasting marriage, if you really want to do such a thing," she shares. "I would say better to stay friends and we don't have enough time to talk about the sexuality of all. I was very open about all of that and so was he."
The story ends by mentioning that MacLaine now spends her home time with her three dogs, for which she has so little time that she has resorted to hiring a caretaker for them.