The Good, The Bad, and The Bogus: When Actors and Actresses Attempt to Play Real-Life People

Jan 09, 2012 Comments
The Good: Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia

Meryl Streep is no stranger to playing real-life people. Her CV boasts everyone from Ethel Rosenberg to Susan Orlean, but one of her most impressive embodiments is her 2009 performance as Julia Child in Julie & Julia. Before her turn as Margaret Thatcher, it was arguably the most recognizable real figure Streep played, but recognizability only made Streep’s accomplishment more impressive. It seemed strange for the slight, 5’6” actress to play the broad 6’2” chef, but she slipped easily into the role, pulling off not only Child’s distinct voice, but also her distinct, no-nonsense passion for food and wonderfully unique demeanor. 

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