Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Meryl as Julia

According to Variety, Meryl Streep is scheduled to play Julia Child in the screen adaptation of Julie Powell's hit blog/book Julie & Julia. Amy Adams is to play Julie Powell, and screenwriter, and food writer, Nora Ephron is on deck to write and direct.

Besides Dan Aykroyd's famous send-up of Ms. Child on Saturday Night Live, I was interested to learn that Maureen Stapleton, best known to many as Ma Kelly in the wholly underrated Johnny Dangerously, played Julia Child on stage in a little-known production called Bon Appetit! put on by the Classic Stage Company in 1991. Writes Mel Gussow of the New York Times, "With an abandon that is characteristically Julia Child, she stages a race between a hand beater and a mixing machine and is caught up in the exercise. As the actress sings and pretends to cook, Todd Sisley accompanies her on the piano, underlining the words with food music. Mr. Hoiby, as composer, reaches his pinnacle when Miss Stapleton beats her imaginary egg whites into stiff shining peaks. At this point, the music ripples." Oooh.

If you can think of any other actors who have played Julia, please share. I personally think Meryl Streep will play her wonderfully. Just by watching her effortlessly crack eggs in The Hours, one can tell that Meryl knows her way around a kitchen.


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Adriana said...

Hi Rebecca,

I'm looking forward to seeing Meryl play Julia, too. I'd never heard of Maureen Stapleton playing her but somehow it seems very fitting (given their physical resemblance). I can't think of anyone else who played Julia but I do remember Bill Cosby's great imitations of her whenever he'd be cooking something on "The Cosby Show."

Happy Thanksgiving!

Deborah Dowd said...

I am so relieved to see another "fargin icehole" who liked( or at least saw!) Johnny Dangerously!

I definitely can see Meryl Streep as Julia ( although Dan Ackroyd and his "impeccably clean towel" is a classic!)

Lisa said...

I think Meryl Streep could play anyone! It certainly bodes well that she, Amy Adams, and of course the great Nora Ephron are involved in the Julie/Julia movie. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with it.

Judson Kniffen said...

I'm very dubious about Nora Ephron at the helm. I feel like there are so many better choices.
Also, while Streep will be great I am sure, it occurred to me today, what about Tracy Ullman?