Meryl Streep – Greatest Actress of All Time?

I have not yet watched The Iron Lady.  It is a film I am eager to watch for two reasons.  The first is that I am interested in seeing how the big screen portrays arguably the most influential political figure in post-war British politics.

The second reason is to see how Meryl Streep does it.  As someone interested in actors and acting I have found it easier to name great actors than I have to to name great actresses.  For some reason women are not always able to gain the same longevity as their male counterparts and the diversity some of the greats can achieve.  For example Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman – acting heavyweights who have spanned five decades of work.  Name five actresses who could make a similar claim.

So in Meryl Streep we have a true one of a kind.  A heavyweight from the 70’s right the way through to this decade.  There are hagiographies available on her through the reliable YouTube, but she genuinely is a magnificent actress.  So I look forward to seeing if she nails it with her take on another heavyweight in a completely different genre.  (OK maybe not all that different when you consider the level of politcs that makes Hollywood work.)




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