Lioness in Winter: Meryl Streep Fears, Then Embraces Aging

Meryl Streep continues to exemplify aging gracefully – and successfully.  Her latest movie Florence Foster Jenkins further builds on the theme of seniors doing what they want.  The plot – based on a true story – is the story of an aging heiress who successfully finds her way to sing at Carnegie hall – terrible voice and all.

In the case of Meryl Streep, she recently opened up about her fears of aging in the hyper-young business of Hollywood.  As she told the Wall Street Journal:

“On a certain level you don’t have any choice—you’re unhappy if you’re not doing it, so you’re compelled in a certain way. And if you’re lucky you can keep working,” she says. “But everybody has troughs and dismal times—every single person. I remember as I was hovering around 40, I thought each movie would be my last, really. And all the evidence of other 40-year-old women at that time—this is 27 years ago—would lead you to believe it was over.”

Streep isn’t the only senior actor whose career is reaching new heights. Glenn Close, Robert Redford and others have cashed in big with parts in superhero movies in recent years.

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