Shirley MacLaine is abandoning plans to build a home on a mountaintop after drawing criticism from environmentalists and being accused of trying to make herself "queen of the mountain."

The actress said Tuesday she has decided to sell the 35-acre tract on Atalaya Mountain. The site on the edge of Sante Fe, N.M., is worth an estimated $1.5 million.MacLaine said city officials should decide how to accommodate newcomers who love the area while protecting the environment.

"You only do that if you have a plan, but they didn't. And as far as I know, they don't," she said. "Frankly, if they didn't want the mountain bought, they shouldn't have put it up for sale."

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MacLaine's plan drew the ire of neighbor and former Interior Secretary Steward Udall, who accused her of trying to become "queen of the mountain."

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