Meryl Streep – Box Office Queen at 60
Meryl Streep is breaking all stereotypes about Hollywood not being a place for older women, according to the cover story in Vanity Fair’s January issue.
At 60, with three recent movie “hits” to her credit (Mamma Mia, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie and Julia) Streep is the industry’s “new box-office queen,” according to the profile by Leslie Bennetts.
Producers hope for comparable results from It’s Complicated, a Christmas release featuring a love triangle between Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin.
Breaking Glass Ceilings
“She broke the glass ceiling of an older woman being a big star—it has never, never happened before,” says producer Mike Nichols.
The particular myths she has shattered include:
• There is no life after 40 for women in Hollywood.
“It’s incredible—I’m 60, and I’m playing the romantic lead in romantic comedies!” says Streep in the interview.
• Talent of Meryl Streep’s calibre should be reserved for dramatic roles.
Nora Ephron, who directed Streep in Julie & Julia, says, “I would love to take credit for that amazing performance, but the truth is that she had read everything about Julia Child, she played the cooking tapes over and over between setups … and she even suggested that I cast Stanley Tucci as her husband.”
• There’s no money in making movies for women, particularly older ones.
Mamma Mia grossed $601 million worldwide, despite some cringe-worthy reviews (for the movie, not its much-lauded heroine).