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When A Movie Becomes A Play

Theater: ‘Terms of Endearment’

‘I deserve this,” Shirley MacLaine said accepting the Oscar for best actress in “Terms of Endearment,”  the 1983 film written by James L. Brooks, the fellow who dreamed up “Broadcast News,” some of the Simpson TV episodes, the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the movie “As Good As It Gets. And MacLaine did deserve it: wry, bitter, tough, funny,  the movie’s Aurora  Greenway was a tidy balance of blind self interest and all kinds of love.

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