In THE LAST WORD, Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, shes suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman, to pen her lifes story. When the initial result doesnt meet Harriets high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriets legacy, but also Annes future.