It’s that time again, Persephoneers! I’m sorting two leading ladies, baby boomers who have aged gracefully in the public eye. They both play strong leads and they have both won numerous accolades. Maybe that’s why it usually takes me a minute if I tune into a movie to determine if it’s Meryl or Glenn.
Born in 1949
In her early career, Streep won Academy Awards for her roles in Sophie’s Choice, as well as in Kramer vs. Kramer. In recent history, she’s been in The Bridges of Madison County, Julie and Julia, as well as in Mamma Mia. She was the wicked boss in The Devil Wears Prada (which I sometimes confuse with Close’s Cruella DeVille). She’s been nominated for an Academy Award seventeen times, and has won three times.
Born in 1947
In her early career, Glenn Close starred in The World According to Garp, as well as in The Big Chill. She gained some infamy as the deranged stalker in Fatal Attraction. She also played a memorable Cruella DeVille in the live action version of 101 Dalmations. She’s done more television in the past few years, and is currently playing the role of Patty Hewes in the show Damages.
A simple way to keep these two straight? If it’s a stalker or other character role, it’s probably Glenn Close. If it’s an established TV character, it’s Glenn Close. If it’s the leading lady in a biography, it’s probably Meryl Streep.
What other leading ladies make you do a double take? What’s your favorite movie by either of these two iconic actresses?