Doesn’t Meryl Streep have enough Oscar nominations? I’ve loved her forever but should she win for playing Margaret Thatcher? Can’t any one of us ladies tease our hair into a Buzz Lightyear helmet and get a film crew to follow us around the house talking to the pictures?
Ah but that’s mean of me. I love Meryl. Who has better skin, and a greater laugh? Who else dares sing and hop around on the Greek isle for that film version of Mamma Mia?
Also she and I are the same age.
The same height too.
We’ve both also had our pictures taken by the famous Bachrach studio, the outfit that did the official portrait of JFK just after his election to the presidency. The Bachrach photographer who took my picture there told me she was a real challenge what with that crooked nose, but “What a face!” he said. “What a face!” The picture of me that day makes me look a cross between a mother superior and a flight attendant circa 1960. It would work propped on top of my casket someday, if it had a sign next to it saying “Really she looked nothing like this.”
So it’s not that I don’t love Meryl. It’s just that she I wanted to see Keira win a chance at the prize, as I was saying yesterday.
But the more I write here the more I see how irresistible Meryl is.
I was watching Woody Allen’s Manhattan the other night and there she was lighting up the screen as Woody’s ex-wife. And whenever I get brave enough to watch The Deer Hunter again it stops me in my tracks every time to see her in that final scene with her friends following the funeral of the Christopher Walken character, when they sing this song:
She’s modest, you hear, from people who’ve met her and I bet she sighed on hearing the news of yesterday’s Best Actress nomination. “Another pair uncomfortable shoes!” she probably thought. “Another night where even my scalp will ache from all that compulsory smiling!”
Now I’ve just watched a scene from Sophie’s Choice, the 1983 film about a woman’s secret history and the way what she did, and saw, and endured, has changed her forever.
Just watch it yourself now. What an actress! And how lucky we are to be living at the same time!