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Meryl Streep on the cover of Vanity Fair

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Wow! I can almost forgive Vanity Fair for featuring Paris Hilton on its cover (I did not renew my subscription that year) because the January 2010 issue features the great Meryl Streep.

Can’t wait to see Meryl’s new movie, It’s Complicated, with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Saw the trailer yesterday before New Moon and it looks like another winner in a year that Meryl has delivered an Oscar worthy performance as Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

What’s even more amazing is that at 60, Meryl is the industry’s box office queen with a string of recent hits that includes The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia and Julie & Julia. She also gave an Oscar-nominated performance in Doubt last year.

“It’s incredible—I’m 60, and I’m playing the romantic lead in romantic comedies!” Streep says to author Leslie Bennetts. “Bette Davis is rolling over in her grave.” And while Streep’s success is no guarantee that other actresses will fare any better than they traditionally have, it’s a step in the right direction. “She broke the glass ceiling of an older woman being a big star—it has never, never happened before,” says Mike Nichols.

The first part of Meryl’s career was filled with heavy dramas such as her Oscar winning roles in Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer as well as such films as Out of Africa, Cry in the Dark, Silkwood, Ironweed, and Bridges of Madison County.

meryl-streep-1001-03.jpgBut she started doing comedy at the start of the 1990s and achieved great success – and and Oscar nomination – with Postcards from the Edge followed by Death Becomes Her and other lighter roles mixed in with the dramatic ones.

An article excerpt on this:

Sure, she made her name jerking tears in prestige dramas and has accumulated more Oscar and Golden Globe nominations than any other actor, male or female, but she’s always had a lighter side too. (Bennetts unearths a Time-magazine quote from 1989 that reads, “Surprise! Inside the Greer Garson roles Streep usually plays, a vixenish Carole Lombard is screaming to be cut loose.”) And it turns out that the same meticulous approach that made her a great dramatic actress works in comedy as well. Nora Ephron, who directed Streep in Julie & Julia, says, “I would love to take credit for that amazing performance, but the truth is that she had read everything about Julia Child, she played the cooking tapes over and over between setups … and she even suggested that I cast Stanley Tucci as her husband.”

Here is a LINK to the preview of the Vanity Fair article.

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