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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 23, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Meryl & Julia (and Barbara)

Everybody seen those “Julie & Julia” trailers? Everyone excited about hearing Meryl Streep take a crack at The Voice — that wonderful, burbling, roller-coaster, joie-de-vivre trill that was Julia Child? Did any of you, like me, watch reruns of her cooking shows in the ’80s just to hear The Voice — and to try to affectionately imitate it? (I must say that I’ve received fine reviews for my own Julia Child impression, but I have the advantage of having an aunt who sounds quite a bit like her. If you buy me enough pinot grigio, and maybe some sole meuniere, I’ll do it for you.)
Streep chatted with Barbara Walters recently about doing The Voice — and a publicist sent me a snippet of the interview (held on Walters’ SIRIUS XM radio show):

BARBARA WALTERS: How did you capture that voice? So that it’s yours and hers and not just an imitation.
[Laughing]
MERYL STREEP: Well, Barbara, there are certain people in our culture…[who] have been imitated by everybody in the world. One of them is Julia Child, and the other one is you.
[Laughing]
MERYL STREEP: We all have this memory [of Julia Child]. I didn’t have to learn it, it was already in my body. It’s not a thing that is forgettable. Because she was so distinctly and completely herself.

Anyone out there doubt that Streep could do Walters’ voice better even than Walters does herself? I don’t.

(Love that poultry! Photo credit: David Giesbrecht, copyright 2009 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.)

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