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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

December 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

And one more look at Meryl

As Meryl Streep Day winds to a close (no, she hasn’t called me yet), here’s a nice profile/interview piece about her, done by Dan Zak of the Washington Post. I particularly liked this moment at the end:

Between the hotel and the Ronald Reagan Building, she does not make a costume change. She appears onstage in the same baggy dress, with the same casual hair. She trumpets the idea of a National Women’s History Museum, ably performing her prepared remarks and then, in closing, decides to try something.
“As Margaret Thatcher would say‚ÄČ– ” and without warning she drops her voice a half-tone, upholsters her throat with a bristly British accent, cocks her head to suggest a hairdo and blazer and strand of pearls that aren’t actually there, and the air in the theater suddenly turns chilly and electric, like a seance is afoot, and behind the rostrum now is a fully-formed life force radiating energy:
“‘If you want something spoken about, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.'”
The audience gasps at the quick-change and roars with approval, and then Streep snaps out of it, and Thatcher is gone, and so is she, replaced by applause.

And finally, in honor of the role that’s currently leading today’s Meryl Streep poll (followed closely by “Sophie’s Choice” and “Julie & Julia,” and with nearly every movie mentioned getting a handful of votes), here are two words from Miranda Priestly, in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

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