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    Her Again

    Why Meryl Is So Special

    When we see her, sitting at the Oscars or the Golden Globes, smiling that mischievous smile at the hoopla and pressing of the flesh around her, she just seems good fun.

    A few years ago Bette Midler joked, with mock-exasperation, that her message to Meryl Streep was: “Do you have to say yes to everything?” It may have been said in jest, but a legion of Hollywood actresses would have nodded ruefully in unison. La Streep not only can do no wrong, she is adored. The plum parts for women of a certain age are hers to pick. And here she is with her eighteenth Oscar nomination, a record for a performer, even though reviews of her performance in the movie August: Osage County have been mixed. Of her turn as the drug-addled and vituperative matriarch Violet, The New Yorker said Streep’s portrayal was “overwhelming,” and not in a good way.

    But whether her loud, rancorous scrapping with Julia Roberts, who plays her daughter, is too overblown – better for the theater stage where the film began life, say critics, rather than the more confining movie screen – you can’t take your eyes off it. It is still a distinctive Streep-ian tour de force. It perhaps falls into the same bracket as The Iron Lady, for which Streep won her last, third Oscar playing Margaret Thatcher: amazing performance in a not-so-great film. Her scenery-chomping performance in August is in sharp contrast to that of another Oscar-nominated national treasure—the British Judi Dench—for her role as a mother searching for her lost son in Philomena. Both women are indomitable, but Dench’s Philomena is self-contained, quiet, determined not to cause a fuss, while Violet’s default setting is fuss-with-added-hellfire.

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  • Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in a scene from the 2006 movie "The Devil Wears Prada." (20th Century Fox/Everett)

    She’s Baaack

    Revenge, Cloaked in Prada

    ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ author Lauren Weisberger talks about her new sequel—and how much she loves Meryl.

    You could say that author Lauren Weisberger has “the job a million girls would kill for,” to borrow the oft-repeated phrase from her wildly successful first novel, The Devil Wears Prada.

    The just-released sequel, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, follows former fashion assistants Andy and Emily as they navigate work and love 10 years later. And of course, she’s back: Miranda Priestly, the formidable editor in chief of Runway magazine and Weisberger’s embodiment of hell in heels, forces her way once again into Andy’s life—along with the immaculate fashion, panic-inducing demands, and elevator-eye glares.

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  • Women in the World Conference 2013. (Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Watch Out, World!

    In a star-studded, moving two days at the fourth Women in the World Summit in New York, women were challenged to demand their rights. Millions more around the globe got the message through social media and the Web.

    Sheryl Sandberg gave us Lean In, her neo-feminist mantra that if women are to get ahead in American society, they need to remain committed to the workplace and not let career take a back seat to family and marriage. Now the fourth annual Women in the World Summit has added to and amended that vocabulary by highlighting how women must, in the words of summit founder and co-host, Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, “lean on”: on corporations, on courts, on governments and clerics, and, above all, on fathers, brothers, boyfriends, and male acquaintances to stop persecuting women and to “safeguard the rights and well-being, and to free up the economic potential, of a full half of all [the world’s] citizens.”

    The summit’s “lean on” message reverberated throughout two days of electrifying panels April 4 and 5 in front of a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Now in its fourth year, the event—which draws world leaders, top CEOs, firebrand activists, and grassroots organizers to New York to discuss the most pressing global challenges to, and to spotlight the energetic momentum of, the women’s-rights movement today—was sponsored by Toyota, AT&T, Bank of America, the Coca-Cola Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Merck for Mothers, Mary Kay, and Thomson Reuters and co-hosted by Brown, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Nizan Guanaes, Julie Hamp, Jane Harman, Maya L. Harris, Lauren Bush Lauren, Ai-jen Poo, Meryl Streep, Melanne Verveer, and Diane von Furstenberg. The event’s social-media hashtag—#wiw13—inundated Twitter and reached more than 18 million people on the first night alone as audiences celebrated the courageous stories shared on stage and broadcast calls-to-arms to their own followers.

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  • Meryl Streep, Actress on 'Ireland's Firebrand and Peacemaker: A Tribute to Inez McCormack' at the Women in the World Summit 2013. (Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Irish Rose

    ‘Her Great Heart Beats in Us’

    Meryl Streep paid tribute to her great friend Inez McCormack at the Women in the World Summit. Michael Daly reports.

    Meryl Streep wore mourning black as she spoke of Inez McCormack, the great Irish human-rights and peace activist who died of cancer just 10 weeks ago at the age of 69.

    “A tall woman and a towering figure,” Streep said.

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  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Feb. 14. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

    For her fourth year in a row.

    It’s official, Hillary Clinton will make an appearance at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit—one of her first since leaving the State Department. Clinton has been a part of Women in the World since the very beginning, having appeared at every summit. The former secretary of State will join Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Susan Rice, and other influential names on the stage at Lincoln Center. The event is set to take place April 4 and 5 in New York City.

    Read it at The Daily Beast
  • Clockwise from top left: Zainab Salbi, Meryl Streep, Mellody Hobson, Valerie Jarrett and Geeta Rao Gupta. (Jamie McCarthy/WireImage, via Getty; Vera Anderson/WireImage, via Getty; Molly Riley/Reuters, via Landov; Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty; Andrew Burton/Reuters, via Landov)

    Cabinet Picks

    Who’s the Next Women’s Ambassador?

    Valerie Jarrett, Helene Gayle—or Meryl Streep? Top candidates to succeed Melanne Verveer. By Katie Baker.

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