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Meryl Streep: Still The Classiest

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Over a year ago, I made the statement that Meryl Streep can outclass the whole entire world. Today, I stand by my opinion firmly, and if there was any way to state that Meryl Streep is even more classy than that, then I would do so in a heartbeat.

See, Meryl won the Oscar for Best Actress on Sunday night. She worked hard, she showcased her characteristic talent and grace, and she won. I’m not saying that she deserved it more or less than anyone else who was nominated, I’m just saying that she deserved it. I mean, she’s Meryl Streep. She deserves everything. But the point is that she completed the entire process on Sunday night at the Oscars, right? She worked, she got recognition for her work, and that was that.


Meryl Streep has donated $10,000 to a charter school in the struggling Rhode Island city of Central Falls after a plug from fellow actress and hometown favorite Viola Davis.

Angelo Garcia, founder and director of the Segue Institute for Learning, says the check from Streep’s Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts arrived Monday. A note said it was on behalf of actress Davis, who grew up in Central Falls.

Both Davis and Streep were nominated for the best actress Oscar this year, with Streep winning the award on Sunday night.

The Segue Institute has more than 200 students in grades six through eight.

Garcia, who grew up with Davis, says the school is trying to raise money to buy the building it’s in or find a new location.

How unbelievably beautiful, right? Whether or not Viola Davis was the mystery actress who had to go have a good cry in the bathroom with a girlfriend over how unfair all that Oscars bullshit is, Meryl still made the effort to make such an incredibly nice gesture. I’m thinking that Meryl realized how much so many people were rooting for Viola (and judging by her acceptance speech, that’s certainly the case) and wanted to recognize Viola’s work in a way that truly mattered. Does that makes sense? I don’t know, I’m not even going to pretend that I’m on the same level as Meryl Streep, I’m just wingin’ it over here.

But still, regardless of the reason behind Meryl’s actions … what amazingly wonderful actions they were, huh?

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  • Meryl has been singing Viola’s praises since “Doubt.” In Entertainment Weekly she said something along the lines that Viola and Vanessa Redgrave were the best actors in the business. I’d like to think Meryl’s donation was out of sincere admiration and friendship.

  • One of Margaret Thatcher’s former aides has criticised Meryl Streep for failing to mention the ex-British Prime Minister in her Oscars acceptance speech.

    The Hollywood icon walked away with her third Academy Award after winning the Best Actress prize at Sunday’s (26Feb12) ceremony for her portrayal of the U.K.’s first female leader in The Iron Lady.

    Streep thanked her husband, Don, and her Hollywood pals, but did not remember Thatcher in her emotional speech, and Lord Norman Tebbit, who served with Thatcher in government for six years, has been left fuming by the exclusion.

    He tells Britain’s The Sun, “I’m not at all surprised she didn’t mention her.

    “The film was about Meryl Streep, not Lady Thatcher. If Margaret Thatcher had been like the woman portrayed by Meryl Streep, she wouldn’t have lasted six months as Prime Minister.”

    Meanwhile, Thatcher’s former press spokesperson Sir Bernard Ingham also slammed the movie for focusing on her deteriorating health and battle with dementia.

    He adds, “I don’t propose to see somebody making money out of somebody’s age. I think it demonstrates poor taste.” So in behalf of Margret Thatcher this is possible..