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Author and Academy Award winning actress, Shirley MacLaine became a New Age woo-meistress in the 1980s. Her books Out On a Limb (1983) and Dancing in the Light (1986) helped popularize New Age beliefs, from reincarnation to channelling. Some of her subsequent acting roles have been based on her status as a New Age guru.
New age beliefs
MacLaine promotes a lot of various new age beliefs in her books. These are a few notable examples:
MacLaine claims that she has lived several past lives in many countries, including one in Atlantis where she was the brother of the spirit Ramtha. She holds the view that karma is influential when it comes to reincarnation, something common in Hinduism, which many New age beliefs
steal borrow ideas from. She took it to extreme levels, however, when she said that the jews may have done something horrible for the holocaust to occur, Stephen Hawking subconsciously wanted ALS and other horrible victim-blaming in her book What If…: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know For Sure.
"I think Cher was right. You are an asshole!" - Shirley MacLaine to David Letterman, after Letterman poked a little too much fun at her New Aginess.