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Shirley MacLaine as Chanel

I’m not sure how I feel about legendary goofball Shirley MacLaine playing fashion designer Coco Chanel in Lifetime’s Coco Chanel, which airs this Saturday.

On the one hand, I’m happy to see an older woman get top billing in anything and I definitely think Shirley is a talented actress. And as anyone who knows me will attest, I’ve never shied away from a kook. (Or a health fad).

On the other hand, I was disappointed with Shirley’s recent appearance on The View when it was obvious from her incompetent discussion of her new book (about her latest quack fad) that she had little to do with the writing of it. She came across real bitchy – then again, most of the venom was directed at Elisabeth Hasselbeck, which is entirely reasonable.

By most accounts, Coco Chanel wasn’t the most pleasant woman either. So maybe it’s a good fit. Eh. I might watch. You?

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