Meryl Streep says being a celebrity taught her to hide
Meryl Streep, speaking today at the Barnard College commencement in Manhattan, told graduates that..."If you are touched by the success fairy you are duty-bound to spread what you know around like fertilizer." She said she was "honoured and humbled to pass on tips."
A few notes just came in to me by email from my sources at the speech, there for the graduation of my niece, Noelle Marcus.
The sixty-year-old Streep said, in so many words:
"My success has been predicated on pulling things over on people."
"Women are better at acting than men. They've had to as a survival skill."
"Pretending is imagined possibility, an important life skill. Strategically, sympathetically."
"Empathy is at the heart of the actor's art."
"Men are adapting and changing their deepest prejudices, that their fathers and grandfather felt were normal."
"Barnard women have advantage and need to look forward to speeding progress in areas of suffering. There is only change, resistance to it, then more change."
"Poor women who now own property, used to BE property."
"Now that I'm 60, with four adult children, I know one 16th of what I knew 27 years ago when I gave a speech at Vassar."
"Awards have little bearing on my own personal well being and happiness.
Being a celebrity has taught me to hide; being an actor has helped me to open my soul. Being here has helped me dig deep to find something to offer you. And you don't have to do anything except to make your parents proud. And you already have..."
Streep with Barnard graduates in a photograph courtesy of Barnard College