09:23 AM EDT 04/22/2013
Originally posted 04/08/2013 12:30PM
Meryl Streep received universal acclaim and an Oscar – her third – for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 biopic The Iron Lady. PEOPLE's critic raved at the time that Streep's turn was more "channeling" than impersonation.
On Monday, after the news broke that Thatcher had died at 87 following a stroke, the actress was quick to point out that, in reality, Thatcher was a complex woman she barely knew – and a woman with a complicated legacy.
"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics," Streep said in a statement. "It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the U.K. at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the U.K. weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty."
Originally posted 03/30/2013 05:40PM
After nearly two years of marriage, it's over for Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer and Ben Walker, Gummer's rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The pair tied the knot in July 2011 at Gummer's family estate in Connecticut. Claire Danes was among the 150 guests who attended the wedding.
Gummer, 29, and Walker, 30, who got engaged in October 2009, met while performing in Broadway's Dangerous Liaisons together in April 2008.
Originally posted 02/26/2013 02:20PM
Shirley MacLaine came – and just as quickly went – on Downton Abbey this season, but her breezy cameo got us thinking.
Now that the Terms of Endearment Oscar winner has broken down the barrier, who among Academy Award winners and nominees should next make a guest appearance on the popular PBS series?
And just what sort of character should he or she play? Upstairs or down?
Here, then, are some recent Oscar-caliber actors who might suitably fit the bill. Please be so kind as to select your favorite. (And, in the comments section, do cast them in suitable roles.) Ta.
Originally posted 02/25/2013 10:00AM
It wasn't just Jennifer Lawrence's wins making news during 2013's awards season.
The Silver Linings Playbook star, 22, was the subject of headlines for everything from her speeches to Sunday's tumble at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Relive Lawrence's most memorable moments here ...
Originally posted 01/13/2013 09:45PM
Most actresses wouldn't dare utter a word against Meryl Streep, but when Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for best actress on Sunday, she didn't hesitate to make a joke of beating out the esteemed actress.
"What does it say? I beat Meryl," Lawrence, 22, said upon receiving her Globe for her Silver Linings Playbook role on Sunday and inspecting the inscription.
But the star's comment wasn't as mean spirited as some may think.
Originally posted 01/08/2013 09:55AM
It's almost time to party!
George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Garner are among the stars who will present at the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday, as Hollywood's official award season kicks off at the Beverly Hilton.
The trio will also be joined as presenters by Smash's Debra Messing, according to a Tweet from the Today show, whose network, NBC, is airing the Globes.
Originally posted 11/29/2012 05:30PM
Someone's a pop music fan! Meryl Streep was "rockin' out" on Wednesday night at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's annual gala at Cipriani New York, an onlooker tells PEOPLE. The Oscar winner was dancing in the aisles as Jason Derulo sang his hit, "In My Head."
Also rocking out? Derulo's girlfriend, Jordin Sparks, who performed later on, too, as Derulo proudly filmed.
Guests, who turned out to support the Reeve Foundation's work to find a cure for spinal injury and improve the lives of those living with paralysis, dined on baked tagliolini with mushrooms, prime roast filet with fresh herb melange sauce,f resh seasonal ratatouille and Yukon gold sauté and a specialty cake compliments of Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro and la famiglia of Carlo's Bakery.
Originally posted 10/07/2012 08:00PM
Lois Smith, a much-admired veteran movie publicist and the mother of Grey's Anatomy actress Brooke Smith, died Sunday afternoon after suffering a brain hemorrhage due to an accidental fall, Deadline reports. She was 84.
The New York-based industry trailblazer was in Maine, where her husband, Eugene Smith, was set to be recognized for his philanthropic work. Smith fell down the stairs late Saturday night at the bed-and-breakfast where they were staying.
A maternal figure to both stars and journalists who tended to adore her in equal doses, Smith, along with Pat Kingsley and Patricia Newcomb, helped establish the publicity firm of PMK (initially known as Pickwick, it merged with Maslansky/Koenigsberg) as an A-list leader. As a publicist, Smith was as involved in shaping images as she was in promoting specific movies, and always with a personal touch.
Among her clients were Robert Redford (their professional marriage went back to the late '60s, when his star was launched with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), as well as Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Whitney Houston.
Originally posted 09/30/2012 06:10PM
After quietly and privately marrying weeks ago, Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt belatedly threw a big party this weekend with a formal – and star-studded – wedding in London.
With Steve Buscemi as best man and the bride's sister, actress Emily Blunt, as bridesmaid, the couple walked the aisle Saturday at Middle Temple Hall. The bride wore a Nanette Lepore dress and the groom had a Hugo Boss tux.
Oliver Platt was a groomsman and guests included Emily Blunt's husband John Krasinski, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson, Julianne Moore, Colin Firth and Kenneth Cole.
Originally posted 06/27/2012 09:55AM
A true trailblazer, Nora Ephron leaves behind a legacy of always knowing the right (and wittiest) thing to say. She was "an expert in all the departments of living well," according to Meryl Streep – one of many paying tribute to the late author-journalist-screenwriter-director, who died Tuesday at 71.
"You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly," Streep – who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Julia Child in Ephron's Julie & Julia (2009) – wrote in an email to The New York Times. "Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, ‘Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?'"
Streep wasn't the only celebrity to remember Ephron fondly.
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