In 1998, Shirley was given one of the top honors in the entertainment world — a Kennedy Center Honor — for her work in film. In 2005, Shirley received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which marked one of her final Hollywood appearances before her death. During her time at the SAGs, Shirley got to meet another rising young star, Dakota Fanning.
It's unsurprising that Shirley remained a lifelong Republican until her passing. Despite retiring from political life in 1992, she remained active in the fundraising world in California and hosted star-studded fundraising events for President George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 1999.