While almost all sources cite “Julia” as Meryl’s film debut and “The Deadliest Season” as her first television, the first time that Meryl has ever been seen on a television screen was in “Secret Service“. Originally performed with the Phoenix Theatre Company in April 1976, the William Gillette play was picked by PBS to air for their Great Performances series of theatre adaptations. On January 12, 1977 – 40 years ago on this exact day – American audiences were able to catch a first glimpse of Meryl Streep – surrounded by John Lithgow, Marybeth Hurt, Joe Grifasi and Jeffrey Jones – singing in the chorus of “God Save the South” for the production’s first scene. To celebrate her television debut and the 40th anniversary of her career, I’ve recently launched streeponfilm.com, which will serve as a supplement to Simply Streep – posting background information, rare pictures and articles from back in the day. Imagine it like a 1977 fansite on Meryl Streep, with all the material already waiting to be posted :-) You’re welcome to join Streep on Film, maybe there’s even some old material to contribute. Below you will find one of the rare instances in which Meryl Streep was interviewed on “Secret Service”. She has fond memories of the theatre group, although not so much on Gillette’s “awful” play.
2016 was a rather quiet year in Meryl Streep’s career, but a year filled with the Summer success of “Florence Foster Jenkins”, political acitivism in a year of terror and change, and sad losses.
There are only two ways a new year could start for Meryl Streep – with awards season or without. 2016 started without, since both “Ricki and the Flash” and “Suffragette”, Streep’s two films released in 2015, didn’t respond with award juries. But there was another assigment to tackle, one that Meryl hasn’t done in her career before. In February, she was named president of the jury for the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, leading actors Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Lars Eidinger, director Malgorzata Szumowska, photographer Brigitte Lacombe, and editor Nick James. The festival opened on February 10, and provided 10 days full of films, discussions and a winning documentary about the refugee crisis. Meryl Streep said of the Golden Bear-winning film “Fire at Sea” from Gianfranco Rosi: “This is a film that commands our attention and demands action. It is a documentary on the refugee crisis, looking at the island of Lampadusa In Italy where thousands of refugees have flooded into Europe.”
In February, Meryl Streep was president of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival, honoring the refugee crisis documentary “Fire at Sea” with the festival’s Golden Bear. Members of Streep’s jury were Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher, Lars Eidinger, Malgorzata Szumowska, Brigitte Lacombe and Nick James.
I’m very happy to launch Simply Streep’s new video archive today. Why new, you may ask? The script I was using for the video archive as we know it did not stand the test of time. With most visitors browsing Simply Streep on their mobile phones or tablets, many have complained that clips were not running properly on their mobile devices. So it was time to find a solution. The new video archive is mobile-friendly and the videos should be playing on all devices. For now, it’s not nearly as complete as the old archive – but there are over 400 clips of Meryl’s film work, all sorted and replaced with high quality videos. I will continue to sort all clips and add them as time permits. Until then, the old video archive will remain online. With the launch of the new video archive, clips of Meryl’s recent appearances at the Rome and Tokyo International Film Festivals have been added. Have a look, browse around and check back later for more clips being added.
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Tokyo Film Festival – Opening Ceremony Part 2 (2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Tokyo Film Festival – Opening Ceremony Part 1 (2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Tokyo Film Festival – Florence Foster Jenkins Press Conference
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Rome Film Festival – “Florence Foster Jenkins” Promotion (2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Rome Film Festival – “Florence Foster Jenkins” Press Conference (2016)
Video Archive – Career – Florence Foster Jenkins – Press Junket Interview (Italy)
Back in 2011, I’ve created a site special called “Conversations and Panels”, writing about the Q&As that Meryl Streep has participated in through the years. There weren’t many, and unfortunately the section got neglected by me as fast as I started working on it. Little did I know five years ago how important and extensive conversation panels would become for today’s movie promotions. The way films are promoted these days is vastly different compared to, let’s say, 10 to 20 years ago. There aren’t that many in-depth interviews in magazines anymore, since magazines aren’t that big anymore. Sometimes, depending on a film’s budget, all there is is a press conference from which everyone takes their bits of news. But conversation panels and Q&As have increased over the years, and it’s become the best way to learn more about the projects that are talked about. The interviews are unfiltered and done in person, and many organizations are streaming the Q&As live or after they’ve taken place. I was surprised, while updating the conversations special, that Meryl has done over 30 conversation panels in the last 5 years! Long story short, head over to the newly-titled In Conversation for a comprehensive list of panels of Q&As, filled with quotes, pictures and videos. If you know about any Q&As that I might have forgotten about, please drop me a line.
Welcome to the latest version of Simply Streep. With this new look, the site has been fully converted to being responsive, which means you can browse it easily on your mobile device. The photo gallery has received a matching layout. Many thanks to Carol for helping me out with coding and to Claudia for being such a constant support. Thanks to both of you. With Florence Foster Jenkins being released and The Nix being the only official announcement as a future project, let’s use the spare time for some cool new features and additions to Simply Streep. P.S. As many of you have written me in the past weeks, many videos in the video archive have stopped playing on a variety of mobile devices, which has something to do with the script used for the video archive. I’m sorry it’s not working properly, but I’ll be working on a solution. In the meantime, enjoy the new layout, look around and enjoy your stay.
2015 is coming to an end rapidly, and time has prevented me from doing some nice site specials for the holidays (maybe consider the timeline an early Christmas gift ;-) Neverthless, I try to wrap 2015 with some additional images and the year in review between the festivities. In the meantime, I would like to wish all Simply Streep visitors a Merry Christmas and some peaceful days with your families or beloved ones. Enjoy your time and look forward to 2016 bringing lots of great new material to Simply Streep. Yours, Frederik
As you can see, Simply Streep has a new look. It’s been a couple of years since I worked on a new look, because the site has become quite familiar with how it looked, so my sole goal was to make it even easier to browse and cleaner looking, with all content in sight. There’s also a new comment system for the news, which you can access through your own social media. All pages are still where they’ve been, and most of the content pages, such as the filmography pages, will receive a special treatment in the coming weeks. The new layout comes just in time for the early October release of “Suffragette”, which is going to be something. I hope you like the new look, feel free to browse around and check back soon for more updates.
I’d like to wish all visitors a Merry Christmas, a great and peaceful time with your beloved ones and a Happy New Year. Also, I’d like to thank you for visiting and contributing throughout the year. It’s very appreciated. Thank you. To celebrate the last days of the year and Simply Streep’s last update of 2014, I have a Christmas surprise for all visitors. Five of Meryl’s classic performances – The Deer Hunter, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Sophie’s Choice, Out of Africa and Ironweed – have been re-capped from Blu-Ray, so they’re in brilliant quality and a vast improvement to the earlier DVD captures. Especially “Ironweed” has been released in much better quality. And as always, a Year in Review has been written with all the key moments of 2014 reviewed. So, enjoy the new captures, enjoy your Holidays (in case you live in the US, don’t forget to see “Into the Woods”) and see you all in 2015. Frederik.
Image Library – Career – Ironweed (1987) – Blu-Ray Screencaptures
Image Library – Career – Out Of Africa (1985) – Blu-Ray Screencaptures
Image Library – Career – Sophie’s Choice (1982) – Blu-Ray Screencaptures
Image Library – Career – The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) – Blu-Ray Screencaptures
Image Library – Career – The Deer Hunter (1978) – Blu-Ray Screencaptures
The magazines archive has been re-organized these past days to make it easier to access and browse. Over the years, hundreds of magazines have been obtained – some have been transcripted, other can be found in the image library. Now, both collections have been merged to give a comprehensive list of articles. Also, since many visitors come from around the world and many articles have been posted in foreign languages, there’s a new compilation of international magazines. Simply click the country of your destiny to find all articles available in your language. You will be surprised how much has been collected. My most sincere thanks to all the visitors who have contributed their collections and rare finds, most especially Alvaro, who has sent in most of the scans you’re able to read on Simply Streep. If you have collected articles that are not featured yet, why not drop me a line and help make this list even more comprehensible.
Additionally to the new magazines archive, some 100 new scans have been added to the image library. Some are re-added, because I’m sure they had been posted on here before. Simply browse the last updated albums for a complete list. Enjoy reading.
A new book on Meryl has been released this January, and it deserves a special mention here. “Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor” is written by Karina Longworth, a film critic and journalist based in Los Angeles. Instead of fast forwarding through Meryl’s life, Miss Longworth has picked 10 significant Streep performances and explores each role within its film and its place in Meryl’s career at that time. Highlighted are Linda from “The Deer Hunter”, Joanna Kramer, Sophie, Karen Silkwood, Karen Blixen, Madeline Ashton, Francesca Johnson, Miranda Priestly, Julia Child and Margaret Thatcher. Each chapter is filled with detailed information on the creation of the character as well as many quotes from previous interviews.
What’s remarkable about this book is that, even if you have seen the films a dozen times, you will find new aspects in each performance through Miss Longworth’s analytics. The book also includes bonus pages on Meryl’s work on “Holocaust”, her collaboration with Mike Nichols, and more insightful information on how specific roles and choices have influenced the legacy of her career as we know it today. On top of that, it’s filled with some amazing pictures from behind the scenes. “Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor” is available now and can be ordered through Amazon or directly at Phaidon.