Test time: Guess what things Shirley MacLaine is over

The actress' new autobiography is titled "I'm Over All That." Can you guess what she is referring to?

By Drew Grant

Published April 8, 2011 8:28PM (EDT)

Reading is over!
Reading is over!

Shirley MacLaine is best known for three main things: her Academy Award-winning performances, her interest in Transcendental Meditation, and her autobiographical memoirs. Shirley has written 14 books, the majority of which deal with either spirituality or her years in Hollywood. 

MacLaine's latest book is "I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions," which is exactly what it sounds like: a list of all the things Shirley is "over" in her life. But also things that she is not over? Additionally some stuff that Shirley is trying to get over but can't, stuff she is under, stuff she is almost over, stuff she is trying to get over, and questions about whether we (as a society) will ever get over some of this other stuff.

These pronouncements are all laid out in the chapter titles of the book, like "I am over going to funerals," "I am not over exercise," and "As a sometime asthmatic, I am over deep breathing." Shirley MacLaine's new book is basically that biker sketch from "Portlandia." (This coffeesshop is over!")

As an experiment, I took some of the things from Shirley's new autobiography and tried to guess whether she is over, not over, or under them. You can play at home too! (Answers are at the bottom of the page.)

Is Shirley MacLaine over:

1) Having her hair colored?

2)The Akashic Records?

3) Young people who are rude?

4) People who repeat themselves when she didn't want to hear what they have to say in the first place?

5) Antibiotics?

6) Sex?

7) Conservatives AND liberals?

8) The drama of 2012?

9) The world leaders she has met?

10) Trying to understand the Russian soul?

Okay, pencils down.


1) No

2) Wondering if we will ever get over it.

3) Yes

4) Yes

5) Yes, unless she is dying.

6) No, sex got over her.


8) No

9) Doesn't want to, but wishes most of them would get over themselves.


So, how did you do?


Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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