When we baby boomers were kids, we saw the famous and fiercely independent Katharine Hepburn on The Dick Cavett Show. The long-unwed 4-time Best Actress Oscar winner said that it would be extremely difficult to raise a family and focus on an acting career. That's why she had no children. I'm sure that statement made a great impact on many of us who were considering some kind of career as performers. Well, Meryl came along and proved that you could not only have a family and a film acting career, you could become the actor-mom with the most nominations of any performer in Oscar history. Meryl Streep has 19 Oscar nominations to her credit. I'm pretty sure that our Supreme Court will soon make it a law that she gets an Oscar nomination every year for the rest of her life whether she makes a film or not.
Here's a trailer for Sophie's Choice co-starring Kevin Kline.
This summer, we'll see Meryl Streep rock out in Ricki and the Flash. Kevin Kline, her Sophie's Choice co-star, plays her husband. The first time I interviewed Meryl, she was pregnant with her first child. She was still pregnant when she won the Oscar for Sophie's Choice. That child is now her co-star in Ricki and the Flash. Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer, real-life mother and daughter, play mother and daughter in this new movie. Here's a trailer.
The next time I saw La Streep was quite memorable. I was the host of a celebrity awards luncheon in midtown Manhattan. Not only she was one of the special guests, present to receive an award, I got to sit right next to her and have lunch before we started the ceremony. Wow! She had me belly laughing with comments and she treated me like we were old college chums. Look at the expression at my face seconds after I was seated. I could not believe I was placed next to film greatness.
This was at a time in which I felt a lull in my career. Network executives of morning TV news programs, CBS Sunday Morning being one, would not consider me for entertainment contributor work. Broadcast agents would not take me on as a client. I'd been a good worker for four years on a local morning TV news show, however my contract had been renewed for less money that year. Quite a bit less. I stayed because I needed the job. But, one sweet afternoon, I was validated by Meryl Streep. She made me laugh. And she inspired me to make a career change.
I will never forget that. And I will be eternally grateful. Rock on, Meryl Streep! I hope we can meet again.