Luminaries, friends and colleagues of Meryl Streep paid homage to the decorated thespian at the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Tuesday night, and for Streep’s fans the tribute is just a delight from start to finish.
Actress, singer and comedian Tracey Ullman opened the tribute, ribbing Meryl a bit about her inability to accept praise, followed by Meryl’s three-time costar Robert DeNiro and her four-time director Mike Nichols. The actress has played lesbian twice on film in Woody Allen’s Manhattan and in The Hours.
Streep, a two-time Academy Award winner, who’s been nominated 16 times was seated near President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama.
The tribute closed with the song “She’s My Pal,” which Meryl sang with pathos and humor in Ironweed. But I won’t ruin it for those who’ve yet to see the clip by telling you who appears in it. It’s a sweet surprise!
Here’s the tribute that runs about 15 minutes.