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Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Eternal Fabulousity: Meryl Streep

Over at my own blog (shameless plug. ack) I'm celebrating "Meryl Streep Month." Her birthday arrives next week and June brings us two new Meryl movies. The first A Prairie Home Companion has already arrived. I urge anyone who loves the sprawling charms of Altman's ensemble films or the loosey goosey humor of the radio show it's based on to see it. It's not perfect but it's better than that. It's loveable, warm, mellow, and funny. It probably won't surprise you to hear that La Streep is an absolute delight therein and that her voice is superb. If you didn't already know that Meryl could've been a successful singer if she hadn't been blessed by the gods as a world great actress, she sings in all of these films: Silkwood, Death Becomes Her, Postcards from the Edge and now A Prairie Home Companion, too. Trivia buffs take note: Streep also wanted the title role in Evita that eventually went to Madonna.

As I was busy celebrating La Streep I thought to myself. What is more modern than being timeless? And who is more consistently fabulous than La Streep? I bet your stumped for a candidate. So I thought it appropriate to celebrate her here at Modern Fabulousity too.

I wasn't into film back in the late 70s (unless you count stuff like obsessing on the twins from Escape to Witch Mountain and dreaming about becoming a Jedi knight as cinephilia) but when Streep first furiously charged onto screens in Woody Allen's Manhattan (as a bitter lesbian) and Kramer Vs. Kramer (as a cold ex-wife) it must have been a revelation. It seems to me like she's the gift that keeps on giving. From 1977's Julia to 2006's The Devil Wears Prada and some 32 films inbetween she's become American royalty, the still reigning queen of American movie acting and the only living threat to Katharine Hepburn's status with the general public as "the greatest of them all."

What Streep performance do you most treasure? Answer in the comments.

Other Streepacalafragilistic Web Goodies:
The Devil Wears Prada Streep destroys Hathaway in this great trailer.
A Prairie Home Companion official site where you can listen to snippets of Streep's songs.
Sophie's Choice Oscar Win I actually found a VHS copy for y'all to enjoy! Meryl looks so nervous.
Streep-centric Horoscopes for the week of June 14th-20th
"Simply Streep" a seriously devout and loaded fansite.
YouTube Lots of Streep moments to savor...


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