Meryl Streep is riding high. She just scored her third Oscar (her first in more than two decades). Her advocacy for a Women’s History Museum in Washington is gathering steam. She’s one of the few actresses past a “certain age” who can carry a movie. She’s gorgeous. She’s happily married. And she always gets the best press. Well, not anymore. I think this is the first tabloid story I’ve ever read about Meryl, and it’s just awful. The Enquirer spoke to one of Meryl’s neighbors in Connecticut, and this lady absolutely LOATHES Meryl. Apparently, Meryl is just a terrible person, and a terrible neighbor. Do you believe that?
Meryl Streep’s neighbors, in the small town of Salisbury, Connecticut, say Meryl’s nickname should be “The Nasty Lady.”
“We do call her the ‘nasty lady’ because it fits,” said one person who lives near the 62-year-old star. “People see her on TV at the Academy Awards gushing about her latest Oscar, but she’s two-faced when it comes to interacting with the locals here. She doesn’t even want to know your name!”
“I went to grammar school with Meryl’s daughter Grace, and we all thought it was really cool that her mom was famous. One day, after school, Meryl came on the playground to pick her up, but she was just mean to people! At first she wouldn’t talk to the other moms. Than, when she did, she snapped at them. Sometimes the other kids would ask Grace, ‘Why is your mom so mean”’ And you could tell she didn’t know what to say.”
Meryl has also been criticized for not sharing her good fortune locally and making life difficult for her neighbors.
“She lives on a very big multi-million-dollar property in the area, but she doesn’t give back,” said the neighbor. “In fact, she angered the locals when she shut off a road in the middle of town to rebuild a dam in front of her house. It was closed off for a long time and people around here were angry. But she didn’t care.”
“Meryl won’t even talk to people. You’ll see her bike through town in a flowing dress and a straw hat. She even told the local postmaster that she would not accept any mail that was addressed to ‘Meryl Streep’ – she would only accept mail addressed to Meryl Gummer, her married name.”
[From The Enquirer, print edition]
Isn’t Meryl’s real name “Mary Louise”? So wouldn’t it be Mary Louise Gummer? As for the other stuff – well, I have no trouble believing that Meryl can whip out a bitchface faster than you can say “Mamma Mia,” but I doubt she’s really a horrible neighbor or that she refuses to talk to people. She just seems… normal. Like, if she’s a bitch, she’s bitchy in a normal way, like everybody else. But mostly I think Meryl is just pretty nice. Right?!?!?
Here are some new photos of Meryl and her husband Don Gummer at last night’s Broadway premiere of Death of a Salesman (directed by Mike Nichols). I sometimes worry that Don is not interested in having his photo taken EVER.
Photos courtesy of WENN.