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Streep Gained 15 Pounds Making Julie & Julia

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2009 at 2:13AM

Ah, the hazards of moviemaking. George Clooney, Robert DeNiro, Rene Zellweger, and Christian Bale have all had to gain or lose dramatic amounts of weight for movie roles. Meryl Streep, now 60, struggled to lose eight pounds for her editrix role in Devil Wears Prada, limiting herself to one glass of wine a night. She went the other way while playing renowned French chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia: she gained 15 pounds. At least she came out ahead with some cooking tips, she told Ladies Home Journal.
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Ah, the hazards of moviemaking. George Clooney, Robert DeNiro, Rene Zellweger, and Christian Bale have all had to gain or lose dramatic amounts of weight for movie roles. Meryl Streep, now 60, struggled to lose eight pounds for her editrix role in Devil Wears Prada, limiting herself to one glass of wine a night. She went the other way while playing renowned French chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia: she gained 15 pounds. At least she came out ahead with some cooking tips, she told Ladies Home Journal.

UPDATE: For her part, Gwyneth Paltrow detoxes to lose those pesky extra pounds.

originally posted on Variety.com

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.