Meryl Monday: Watch scene from “Silkwood” and read what Cher has to say about Streep in Vanity Fair!
Meryl Streep earned an Oscar nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Karen Silkwood in the 1983 film Silkwood.
Miss Streep played a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.
Also starring in the film were Kurt Russell as Karen’s boyfriend and Cher as her lesbian roommate. It was a breakthrough for Cher earning her a supporting actress Oscar nod and establishing her as a serious movie actress after years of television and pop music stardom.
Cher and Meryl became great friends during the making of the film and have remained close.
“We hung out and drank plum wine after work. Cher was really fun,” Meryl says in the December issue of Vanity Fair. “I was smitten by her openness both as an actress and as a person. It’s incredibly disarming – you’re a little worried for her like: Are you sure you want to be telling me all this? Her lack on inhibition is part of what endeared her to the national audience on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour - that’s where I first saw her. Most people on TV had a little TV veneer back then, a performing gloss, but her gloss was not only her beauty but how easily she wore it and dismissed itnlike, ‘No big deal.’ For a showgirl, there’s not a phony bone on her body. What you see is what you get, and when she gets dressed up and gets gorgeous, you get whole lot.”
Says Cher of Meryl: “She’s so good and she makes me laugh hysterically. We are opposites: she takes everything so easily, and I’m so stressed about everything.”
Cher also gloats: “I was responsible for Mamie [Gummer, the actress, the second of Streep's four children]! I take full credit. We were in Texas doing Silkwood, and Don [Gummer] was there with Henry [their son]. Meryl said, ‘We need some time alone. Take Henry – it’s Halloween. Please, just take him.So I took Henry and she got pregnant with Mamie.”
Trivia Question: In what other film did both Meryl and Cher appear?