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As 'Into the Woods' Looms, Ten Meryl Streep Characters Through a Feminist Gaze

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 24, 2014 at 4:59PM

Meryl Streep is a cinema nonpareil whose acting talent and aura seemingly can't be explained. Nominated for a record 18 Academy Awards and winner of three, Streep may be up for another Oscar for her over-the-top singing portrayal of The Witch in Robb Marshall's movie version of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" (December 25). Critic Karina Longworth zeroes in on ten iconic Streep characters in her insightful book on Streep.
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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.