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.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.