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Out on a Limb is an autobiographical book written by Americanmarker film actress Shirley MacLaine in 1983. It details MacLaine's journeys through new-age spirituality. The book follows McLaine from Californiamarker to various locations including New Yorkmarker, Hawaiimarker, and Europe, culminating in a life-changing trip to the Andes mountains in Perumarker. Central "characters" include "David" who is, according to MacLaine herself, a composite character, "Gerry Stamford", a married man and member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdommarker, with whom McLaine was having an affair, and real-life close friend and politician, Bella Abzug.

The book received both acclaim and criticism for its candor in dealing with such topics as reincarnation, meditation, mediumship (trance-channelling), and even unidentified flying objects. This is the book that made Shirley MacLaine the butt of many a joke, especially by the late-night comedians. Once, when David Letterman would not let up on the new-age subject, MacLaine responded by saying, "I think Cher was right; You are an ass-hole!"

Out on a Limb was adapted for television in 1987. The five-hour ABC Television miniseries starred Shirley MacLaine (playing herself), John Heard as "David Manning", and Charles Dance as "Jerry Stamford ". MacLaine kept a diary during the filming of the miniseries. These notes were later turned into a book, It's All In The Playing.

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