"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Girl Wednesday - Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep has been around so long that you forget how stunningly beautiful she was when she first started out as an actress.   Katherine Hepburn had a similar career arc... her transcendence as an older actress obscured what a hot ticket she had been as a younger woman.  

I first saw Streep in The Deerhunter, a movie that knocked me out when I first saw it, although one that I suspect I wouldn't like too much now.   She was almost perfect as a very sweet, not so bright girl from small-town, working class Pennsylvania, who begins the movie in love with Chris Walken's character, and ends in love with a very damaged Robert DeNiro after he returns from Vietnam. 

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