Shirley Maclaine was such a good sport when America's TV hosts started poking fun at her spirituality beliefs she helped them write the jokes.

The eccentric actress admits some TV greats, like pal Johnny Carson, had the courtesy to run gags by her before they ran with them on late-night TV shows.

She says, "I remember the Johnny Carson guys calling me and saying they were going to make Shirley MacLaine jokes and asked for my help writing some.

"I told them I don't have any objections as long as they're funny... I used to sit in bed laughing to myself."