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The Simply Streep Archives has gathered details on all of Meryl Streep's feature films, television, theatre and voice narration, and also features an extensive library of articles, photographs and video clips. You can browse the collection by Ms. Streep's career or through a year-by-year summary.
May 07
2021

According to TheaterMania, Audra McDonald and John Dickerson will host the 2021 virtual Night of Covenant House Stars benefit, streaming on Monday, May 17 at 8pm ET via Facebook, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and more. The theme of the gala is Stand Up, Stand Strong, and will recognize and celebrate the resilience of young people experiencing homelessness and the heroism of frontline staff working 24/7 to keep them safe during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Covenant House is the international charity providing housing, food, and healthcare to children and youth facing homelessness. Funds raised go directly to providing food, clothing, healthcare, education, job training, and short- and long-term housing for youth overcoming homelessness at Covenant House locations across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Produced by acclaimed Jeff Calhoun, with musical supervision by Jason Howland, Night of Covenant House Stars will combine performances by some of the entertainment world’s biggest stars as well as performances by Covenant House youth from across the country. Confirmed participants currently include Jon Bon Jovi, Meryl Streep, Jon Hamm, Dolly Parton, Ryan Reynolds, Robin Roberts, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Brosnahan, Ariana DeBose, Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Williams, Sara Bareilles, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, Ben Platt, Zach Braff, Marlon Wayans, Capathia Jenkins, Jo Ellen Pellman, Darius De Haas, Daniel Yearwood, Kelli O’Hara, Ames McNamara, Laurie Metcalf, Jewel, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Dionne Warwick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ana Villafañe, Alex Newell, Stephanie J. Block, Keala Settle, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Jason Ralph, and Terron Brooks.

May 02
2021

On April 29, Meryl Streep – who is a Honorary Event Co-chair – joined the 18th edition of Poetry & The Creative Mind to read three selected poems: “Poetry” by Marianne Moore, “To The Magazine” by Mary Ruefle and “Take the I Out” by Sharon Olds. The event was held virtually with appearances by Elizabeth Alexander, Lauren Ambrose, John Darnielle, Terrance Hayes, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Samin Nosrat, Sandra Oh, Jason Reynolds and Sarah Sze. You can watch Meryl’s appearance below or in the video archive. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

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Video Archive – Miscellaneous – 18th Annual Poetry & The Creative Mind (2021)
Photo Gallery – TV & Online Appearances – 18th Annual Poetry & The Creative Mind (April 29, 2021)

Apr 17
2021

A couple of new magazine scans have been added to the photo gallery, featuring four new cover stories. Meryl has graced the covers of the German EPD Film, the Polish Forbes Women, the Czech TV Star, as well as the latest issue of Closer, featuring a reader’s poll of America’s 25 favorite actresses of all time. For a complete list of new additions, check the previews below. Many thanks to Marci and Alvaro for submitting these great finds.


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Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2021 – Closer (USA, April 19, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2021 – TV Star (Czech Republic, March 29, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2021 – Forbes Women (Poland, March 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2021 – The Sunday Mail TV Guide (Australia, February 21, 2021)
Photo Gallery – Articles & Scans – 2021 – EPD Film (Germany, January 2021)

Mar 26
2021

Meryl Streep has been featured among the many celebrity guests of Michelle Obama’s “Girl Talk: Knowledge is Our Superpower”: The future of our world is as bright as our girls—and this Thursday, we hope you’ll join Michelle Obama and the Girls Opportunity Alliance as we celebrate young women across the globe. “Girl Talk: Knowledge is Our Superpower” is a one-hour virtual event hosted by POPSUGAR in support of adolescent girls’ education and empowerment. The night is guaranteed to be inspirational, educational, and fun, with interactive Q&As, a musical performance by Kelly Clarkson, and other great guests along the way. Other special guests include: Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Andra Day, Angélique Kidjo, Becky G, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Demi Lovato, Dove Cameron, Ego Nwodim, Julia Roberts, Kristen Bell, Lana Condor, Madison Reyes, Meryl Streep, Millie Bobby Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Naomi Osaka, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Shaun Robinson, Shonda Rimes, and Storm Reid. You can watch the full special below – Meryl appears around the 36 minutes mark. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery as well.

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Photo Gallery – Television Appearances – Girl Talk: Knowledge Is Our Superpower (March 25, 2021)
Video Archive – Miscellaneous – Girl Talk: Knowledge Is Our Superpower (March 25, 2021)

Mar 26
2021

According to Deadline, Meryl Streep, Mary-Louise Parker and Carla Gugino have joined the line-up of actors taking part in this year’s virtual Spotlight on Plays series benefitting The Actors Fund, with Streep reuniting with her Sophie’s Choice co-star Kevin Kline on Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth. Parker is set to perform in Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz. Gugino will be teamed with the previously announced Ellen Burstyn in Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine. Others previously announced, in addition to Kline and Burstyn, are Kathryn Hahn, Keanu Reeves, Debbie Allen, Bobby Cannavale, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Heidi Schreck, Alia Shawkat, Heather Alicia Simms and Alicia Stith. The Spotlight on Plays series, launched last year on the Broadway’s Best Shows website, features actors performing the works remotely, with the readings pre-recorded and edited. The series, which begins Thursday, benefits The Actors Fund. The series begins Thursday, March 25, with Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play at 8pm ET/5pm PT, and continues wit Pearl Cleage’s Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous on Thursday, April 8 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Additional casting and dates will be announced soon. The Spotlight on Plays events are livestreamed on Stellar and available for a strictly limited amount of time. Season subscriptions and individual ticket information is available on the Broadway’s Best Shows website. Many thanks to Glenn and Alvaro for the heads-up.

Mar 26
2021

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s three-part documentary “Hemingway” (premiering April 5 on PBS) details the life and career of the Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway. According to a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the series uncovers a more nuanced character than the heavy-drinking, bullfight-attending, man’s man of repute, with co-directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick exploring, for example, Hemingway’s interest in gender fluidity. “The macho facade is superficial,” says Burns, who previously collaborated with Novick on 1994’s Baseball and 2017’s The Vietnam War, among other projects. “I think this is one of the reasons why you can’t just say, ‘Oh, dead white male, goodbye.’ It’s as complex a biography as we’ve ever worked on.” Jeff Daniels recites Hemingway’s letters and prose, while the author’s four wives are voiced by Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker, Patricia Clarkson, and Meryl Streep. The latter performed her role of Hemingway’s third spouse, writer Martha Gellhorn, following the start of the pandemic. “We planned to record Meryl Streep on March 24 of last year and had to cancel, but her son had a recording studio in his home,” says Novick. “She and Ken were in touch about pronunciation questions, but basically this was a gift from Meryl Streep.” “I just want to add that I think she’s going places, she’s really got a future,” says Burns, with a laugh. “No, she’s fabulous.”

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s three-part, six-hour documentary series, HEMINGWAY, examines the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers – Ernest Hemingway. Intimate and insightful, the series weaves together Hemingway’s biography with excerpts from his fiction, non-fiction and personal correspondence – a structure that nods to Hemingway’s own creative process of drawing inspiration from lived experience. The film penetrates the mythology surrounding Hemingway – cultivated by his larger than life exploits, public bravado, and occasional tall-tale – to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure. His story is told with the help of interviews with literary scholars, celebrated writers including Edna O’Brien, Mario Vargas Llosa, Abraham Verghese, and Tobias Wolff, and Hemingway’s son, Patrick. Six years in the making, HEMINGWAY is a treasure trove of rarely seen photographs and archival footage. The film is further benefitted by unprecedented access to original manuscripts that show the painstaking process by which Hemingway created some of the most important works of fiction in American letters, including the novels, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea; short stories “Hills Like White Elephants,” “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber,”“Up in Michigan,” “Indian Camp”and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro;” as well as nonfiction works, Death in the Afternoon and A Moveable Feast. Hemingway’s words are brought vividly to life by Jeff Daniels. Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Patricia Clarkson, and Mary-Louise Parker read the voices of Hemingway’s four wives. Original music is provided by Johnny Gandelsman and David Cieri.

Mar 25
2021

According to Playbill, Stage and screen favorites will team up this spring for a second annual virtual concert to benefit homeless youth around the world. Night of Covenant House Stars will be co-hosted by Audra McDonald and John Dickerson, with a lineup including Meryl Streep, Vanessa Williams, Ariana DeBose, Kelli O’Hara, and Sara Bareilles. Also slated to appear are Dolly Parton, Ryan Reynolds, Robin Roberts, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Brosnahan, Capathia Jenkins, Jo Ellen Pellman, John Dickerson, Darius De Haas, Daniel Yearwood, Ames Mcnamara, Laurie Metcalf, and more. The stars will be joined by Covenant House youth as well. “These stars have stepped up because they recognize that our young people don’t have the option to shelter at home without a home,” says Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “For thousands of young people in this past year and for 2,000 young people tonight, Covenant House is their home. Night of Covenant House Stars will help us keep our doors open, 24/7, when youth experiencing homelessness need us more than ever.” The Broadway community became involved with Covenant House on a large scale after Stephanie J. Block first performed at a benefit years ago. She teamed up with board member (and fellow Broadway performer) Capathia Jenkins to found the Broadway Sleep Out, now expanded to the Stage and Screen Sleep Out. The connections continue to grow, even when shifted to a digital landscape. McDonald and Dickerson hosted a virtual benefit last year as well. The theme of the gala this year is “Stand Up, Stand Strong,” recognizing and celebrating the resilience of young people experiencing homelessness and the heroism of frontline staff working to keep them safe during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Funds raised will go directly to food, clothing, healthcare, education, job training, and short and long-term housing for youth overcoming homelessness at Covenant House across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. The evening, sponsored by Kia, is produced by Jeff Calhoun with musical supervision by Jason Howland. McDonald, Dickerson, and Calhoun are all members on the Covenant House board of directors. Many thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.

Feb 26
2021

According to Deadline, Meryl Streep is set to star in Places, Please, a film drama that will be directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Michael Cristofer from a script by UCLA MFA alum Elisabeth Seldes Annacone (The Changing Room). The film is a love letter to Broadway, where both Streep and Cristofer started their careers. In an interview here, they describe their start together on a Broadway performance of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, which figures in the film. Their comments on the stage, and how Broadway can reemerge from its pandemic plight, are included below. Places, Please will shoot this summer in New York, and will be introduced to buyers for the virtual Berlin Market, with CAA Media Finance repping domestic distribution rights and Filmnation handling international sales. Streep, Steven Rogers (I, Tonya) and Jane Rosenthal (The Irishman) will produce. Berry Welsh will executive produce. In the film, Streep will play Lillian Hall, an actress who is synonymous with Broadway. Throughout her long, illustrious career, she has never missed a performance—not for her daughter, not for illness, not for any reason. Yet in the rehearsals leading to her next Broadway production, her confidence is challenged. People and events conspire to take away her ability to do what she loves most. Suddenly, Hall is forced to reckon with the past and the price she has paid for the choices she made in her life and her art. Can she repair a lifetime of parental neglect? Can she reconcile herself to the demands of aging, its real and perceptual debilities? Can she navigate the shoals of self-doubt and loss, the betrayals of others and of her own body? Will she go down in the record books in a blaze of glory? Not without a fight. In explaining the genesis of the film, Cristofer and Streep explain its tie to the launch of each of their stars, and how their sympathy for the unprecedented hardship facing the live theater industry in the pandemic gave this film urgency.

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Feb 14
2021

I’ve done some more digging into the archives to bring additional pictures from the ’70s and ’80s to the photo gallery. Among the new additions are pictures from the Academy Awards for “The Deer Hunter”, “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Sophie’s Choice”, promotional appearances for “The French Lieutenantn’s Woman” and “Silkwood” and Honorary Degree visits to Dartmouth in 1981 and to Yale in 1983. To view all last added pictures, have a look at the list below. Enjoy your Sunday!


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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1983 – “Silkwood” Press Conference (Los Angeles)
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1983 – Yale Honorary Degree
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1983 – 55th Annual Academy Awards – After-Party
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1983 – 55th Annual Academy Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1981 – “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” Photocall
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1981 – Dartmouth Honorary Degree
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1981 – Unknown Event 02
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1980 – 52nd Annual Academy Awards – Press Room
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1980 – 52nd Annual Academy Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1980 – “Kramer vs. Kramer” Photocall (London)
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1980 – Oscar Nominees’ Party at Tavern Green
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 1979 – 51st Annual Academy Awards – Show

Feb 03
2021

…and Meryl Streep is not among them. It feels a bit odd to write about someone not receiving awards attention as a news bit, but here we go. To the surprise of many, as the Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, Meryl did not receive a nomination for “The Prom” in the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical category. Besides a nomination for Best Picture – Comedy or Musical, the only acting nomination it has received went to James Corden. Take it with a grain of salt – we have been through worse things this past year, and since there won’t be a ceremony the way it used to be, we won’t be missing any red carpet coverage anyway. Plus, we’ve had our fair share of nominations in the past, with Meryl being a record breaking nominee with 30 nominations in total – the last time being last year’s nod for “Big Little Lies” – and 8 wins including the Cecil B. DeMille Life Achievement Award in 2017.