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Sorting the Stars: Meryl Streep and Glenn Close

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.

Meryl Streep, photo from IMDB

Meryl Streep
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.





Glenn Close, photo from IMDB

Glenn Close
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?

11 replies on “Sorting the Stars: Meryl Streep and Glenn Close”

They are both amazing.  I love how each one is so versatile.  As was mentioned, Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her and Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians are quite funny. 

If you haven’t seen it, watch Streep in Heartburn.

I also like Close in the TV movie The Lion in WInter with Patrick Stewart.  The album of the Sunset Boulevard she was in is good, too.  I wish I had seen her as Norma Desmond.

I could never get these two confused but that may be because I have a secret in-my-dreams love affair with Meryl.  I have loved everything she’s ever been in – even “Death Becomes Her.”  It’s a sickness but then again, if loving Meryl is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

I LOVE Death Becomes Her.  When I was a kid and we had HBO for that free 3 month trial with the new cable hookup, it was all Death Becomes Her all the time.  Another of those free times was Murder By Death.  Two good movies.

I am good at recognising actors, but terrible at recognising people in real life! I have finally figured out it has to do with my extreme shyness. I don’t look directly at people that much, whereas I feel free to gaze at an actor, of course. Even among people I like, eye contact makes me really nervous and ill at ease. I’m afraid it makes it weird to have a conversation with me. I’d like to get better at it!

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