The daughter of “Downton Abbey” actress and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine didn’t exactly endear herself to her famous mom with her new book. The Toronto Sun reports that Sachi Parker’s new memoir, “Lucky Me: My Life With — and Without — My Mom, Shirley MacLaine,” earned an angry response from the 78-year-old screen legend.
MacLaine, a six-time Oscar nominee, said the book is “dishonest” and “virtually all fiction,” according to the piece.
Parker describes MacLaine as an absentee mother who used tough-love parenting methods and had delusions about aliens, the story reports.
The piece reports that Parker, who is an actress herself, “knew the project would only make their relationship more strained, but she felt compelled to tell her story, saying, ‘I did everything I could to bring Mom into my life. The Hollywood ending never happened. Now that I’ve written this book, it probably never will.’”
MacLaine has accused her daughter of making sensational claims to get publicity. She said in a statement to People magazine: “I’m sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter for whom I’ve only ever wanted the best,” and, “(It’s) virtually all fiction.”
MacLaine won an Oscar in 1984 for “Terms of Endearment” after being nominated four previous times for leading actress and once for a 1975 documentary she wrote and directed, “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir.”
Shirley MacLaine and Sachi Parker