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Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep
Your Price: $33.50 CDN
Author: Michael Schulman
Publisher: Harper
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 304
Pub. Date: 2016
ISBN-10: 0062342843
ISBN-13: 9780062342843
About the Book:

New York Times Bestseller

A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep - the "Iron Lady" of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three - that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.

In 1975 Meryl Streep, a promising young graduate of the Yale School of Drama, was finding her place in the New York theatre scene. Burning with talent and ambition, she was like dozens of aspiring actors of the time - a twenty-something beauty who rode her bike everywhere, kept a diary, napped before performances, and stayed out late "talking about acting with actors in actors' bars." Yet Meryl stood apart from her peers. In her first season in New York, she won attention-getting parts in back-to-back Broadway plays, a Tony Award nomination, and two roles in Shakespeare in the Park productions. Even then, people said, "Her. Again."

Her Again is an intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school, through her early days on the stage at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama during its golden years, to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. New Yorker contributor Michael Schulman brings into focus Meryl's heady rise to stardom on the New York stage; her passionate, tragically short-lived love affair with fellow actor John Cazale; her marriage to sculptor Don Gummer; and her evolution as a young woman of the 1970s wrestling with changing ideas of feminism, marriage, love, and sacrifice.

Featuring eight pages of black-and-white photos, this captivating story of the making of one the most revered artistic careers of our time reveals a gifted young woman coming into her extraordinary talents at a time of immense transformation, offering a rare glimpse into the life of the actress long before she became an icon. 

What people say:

"Talent attracts talent, and in Michael Schulman, Meryl Streep has gotten the biographer she deserves - canny, fluent, a pleasure to read, and perfectly suited to capturing America's greatest screen actress on the cusp of her brilliant career." - Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

"Her Again is a beautifully observed, deeply affectionate portrait of an astonishing actress on the cusp of everything. It captures not merely Streep's beginnings, but an era. A delightful, respectful, and essential book for anyone interested in Meryl, Hollywood, theater, or just being ridiculously, passionately young." - Paul Rudnick, author of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

About the Author:

Michael Schulman is a writer and editor living in New York City. He works at The New Yorker, where he is the theatre editor of Goings On About Town and a frequent contributor to The Talk of the Town. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Styles section, Vanity Fair, The Believer, and other publications. He is the co-creator of the annual live series You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches.