Meryl Streep: Not a Single Cinematic Classic
In an opinion item for The Onion, this generation’s most gifted and acclaimed actress reveals she personally can't think of one masterpiece of cinema that is definitively associated with her accomplished career.
Streep said while she and her friends could easily recall the most iconic films associated with fellow acting heavyweights, they were strapped to come up with a truly masterful cinema selection from Streep's long résumé.
"My friends and I were sitting around yesterday having a casual conversation about how the one thing all great actors have in common is that they have all starred in at least one classic piece of cinema. For my good friend Al Pacino it's obviously The Godfather and Dog Day Afternoon. For Robert De Niro there's Raging Bull and Taxi Driver. And for Diane Keaton, a no-brainer: Annie Hall.
The one actor who truly stumped us, however, was me. Now, I know I'm a good actress. I'm Meryl Streep. I've won two Academy Awards, and I have been nominated for 15. That's a record. But what my friends and I figured out is that the name Meryl Streep isn't really synonymous with one truly unforgettable film. It's weird to think about, but it's undeniably true."
She goes on to debunk the hype around many of her most memorable roles. Kramer vs. Kramer, says Streep, is surely more Dustin Hoffman's vehicle, and he has several classic film masterpieces connected to his work, be it The Graduate, Tootsie, or Midnight Cowboy. She continues, ruling out other top films she's starred in like Sophie's Choice, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, and her "four minutes" of screen time in The Deer Hunter.
So could it be? Hollywood's most revered leading lady is without a classic to hang her hat on?
Streep says it's so, and who are we to argue with an icon?
"I'm 60 years old," she concludes, "without a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or Bonnie and Clyde to my name. Meryl Streep: ‘Great actress, okay movies.’"
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