Unique Lives: Orange is the New Black and the Oscars

Orange is the New Black creator Piper Kerman and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine talk Unique Lives at the Orpheum.

April 30, 2015

Sixty years ago, a gamine Shirley MacLaine debuted in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry. Harry’s trouble, in the black comedy, is that he’s found inconveniently dead in the Vermont countryside. “He looked exactly the same when he was alive,” marvels MacLaine’s character of the title stiff, “only he was vertical.” She was 21 at that point, still decades away from Oscar gold for Terms of Endearment—not to mention her epiphanies regarding immortality (in a previous life, she lived on Atlantis), or, more recently, that victims of the Holocaust should blame themselves.

If you’ve always wanted to question someone about how they came up with batshit-crazy notions (another one, speaking of the Oscars: Stephen Hawking deserved his disease), MacLaine is now on the Unique Lives speaking circuit, touching down here (May 26) in the same month as another woman who acted without thinking: Piper Kerman (May 5), the real-life inspiration for the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, in which her alter ego, Piper Chapman, goes to minimum-security jail for smuggling drug money on behalf of a girlfriend muling for a vaguely European drug cartel. Don’t believe everything you see on TV: in fact, Kerman’s memoir alleges, it was a Nigerian drug cartel. OITNB returns this summer for Season 3.

 

Unique Lives: Piper Kerman

Tuesday, May 5, 7:30pm

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.)

Tickets $50-$92 from uniquelives.com/Vancouver

 

Unique Lives: Shirley MacLaine

Tuesday, May 26, 7:30pm

Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.)

Tickets $50-$92 from uniquelives.com/vancouver

 

 

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