Shirley MacLaine on Her Open Marriage

The actress explained why she saw her husband three times a year in a 1980 interview with "20/20."
3:00 | 02/01/13

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Transcript for Shirley MacLaine on Her Open Marriage
You've been married the same man Steve part of some 26 years. We have -- a very. -- Well with three times a year -- happen. We've upgraded deep friendship when we married each other we recognized neither of us wanted to conventional marriage. We did not want to be tied down but we recognize the potential for this longevity. Relationship. And that's exactly what's that he -- his life which I respect and I leave my life which he respects we have no problem in in this society in the list saying we can empathize with many. We can understand many. We can be sensitive to -- righted the break down when can you love me. Why is that a problem which then of course -- sex rear its head -- and can you had sex with many. You can you can eat with a lot of people. You can drink with a lot of people you can play with a lot of people. I realize what I am saying is extremely controversial.

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