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Meryl Monday: Miss Streep gives up Clint Eastwood in heartbreaking end of “Bridges of Madison County” did not turn out the way Francesca Johnson had dreamed about but she had learned to be content with her mundane life as a housewife.

But when her husband and children leave town to attend the Illinois State Fair, Francesca’s life is turned upside down when she meets magazine photographer Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) who happens to turn into the Johnson farm and asks Francesca for directions to Roseman Bridge.

She agrees to show him the bridges and over the course of eight days, they fall deeply in love. She’s a changed woman by the time the family returns and she is torn between running off with her soulmate or staying loyal to the family..

In this scene, she is faced with her final chance to run away with Kincaid and her well-conveyed despair is one of the reasons why Meryl earned one of her 16 Oscar nominations for this role.

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