Entries in Meryl Streep (5)


Meryl Streep Named Oscars Presenter

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(LOS ANGELES) -- Meryl Streep will appear on the Oscars stage this Sunday, whether she wins or not.

Streep, who's nominated for best actress for her performance in The Iron Lady, will serve as a presenter at the ceremony.  Previously-announced presenters include Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Bradley Cooper, Halle Berry, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and many more.

Billy Crystal will host the 84th Academy Awards.  Carol Leifer, who is helping to write his material and who has worked on hit shows like Seinfeld and Modern Family, compares Crystal to "comfort food" because he's emceed the ceremony so many times before.

She tells ABC News Radio, "People are so excited that he's back hosting because I think they know that he's going to deliver a great show as he always has."

And Crystal probably won't test out his material in front of others before the big day.

Leifer recalls, "Two years ago when I worked with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, they tried their jokes in front of a closed set of just crew guys, it still leaked out into the Internet.  So it's just amazing how super secretive you have to keep things."

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Kennedy Center Honors Gala with Meryl Streep Airs Tuesday on CBS

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(WASHINGTON) -- Meryl Streep's legendary career is celebrated in the CBS special The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, airing Tuesday night.

She was recognized at the gala, which was taped earlier this month in Washington, D.C., for her lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts.  The other recipients were "Sweet Caroline" singer Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Broadway singer Barbara Cook.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make appearances in the two-hour special, which begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Meryl Streep Feted at Kennedy Center Honors Gala

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(WASHINGTON) -- Meryl Streep was one of five entertainers whose careers were celebrated Sunday night at the 34th Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The recipients -- who also included "Sweet Caroline" singer Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Broadway singer Barbara Cook -- were honored for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

Several of Streep's past co-stars, including Robert De Niro, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Kline, took part in the tribute to the actress. After a retrospective of Streep's career was screened, her Deer Hunter co-star, De Niro, joked, "Looking at those great moments over the years, I realize ... I was amazing in Deer Hunter."

Before the gala, President Obama hosted the honorees at the White House. He said of Streep, "When a reporter asked Clint Eastwood why he chose Meryl to star opposite him in The Bridges of Madison County, he shrugged and replied, she's the greatest actor in the world."

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended the gala. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a dinner for the recipients Saturday night.

CBS will air the Kennedy Center Honors event on December 27.

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Meryl Streep’s ‘Iron Lady’ Slammed by Margaret Thatcher Allies

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(NEW YORK) -- Meryl Streep scores an Oscar nomination practically every time she steps on screen. But her new film, about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, is winning more critics than fans, and it has yet to hit theaters.

Norman Tebbit, who served as Thatcher’s employment secretary, slammed the movie in the U.K.’s Telegraph, writing that “she was never, in my experience, the half-hysterical, over-emotional, over-acting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep.”

“I can’t see the point of this film,” Lord Bell, one of Thatcher’s public relations advisers, told the Telegraph in another article. “It’s only value is to make some money for Meryl Streep and whoever wrote it. I have no interest in seeing it. I don’t need a film to remind me of my experiences of her. It is a non-event. It won’t make any difference to her place in history of the fact of what she did.”

Streep was modest when the Daily Mail asked her about the movie earlier this month, saying she’s in “awe” of Thatcher and playing her was the biggest role of her career. “It took a lot out of me, but it was a privilege to play her, it really was,” she said.

The Iron Lady comes out Dec. 30. Representatives for Streep and the film’s director, Phyllida Lloyd, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

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Meryl Streep to Play Former British PM Margaret Thatcher in New Film

Nelson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Meryl Streep will play Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a new biopic, complete with the Iron Lady's trademark hairdo. The film is described as the story of "a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman."

The Iron Lady will be released Jan. 6, 2011.

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