Meryl Streep Lands Her First Vogue Cover

Dec 12, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite

Over forty years, over 40 roles, and over 400 Oscar nominations later, the world's greatest living actress finally covers American Vogue. Meryl Streep sits on a rock recently left vacant by Charlize Theron in a belted shirtdress for the January issue of Vogue, meaning that Anna Wintour's finally dropped that half-decade-old Devil Wears Prada grudge.

Streep is pretty much a shoe-in for her 17th Academy Award nomination -- and that's no hyperbole -- for The Iron Lady, a biopic on English prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

In the film, Meryl plays Margaret from age 49 to 85, an experience that certainly took its toll both physically -- ''We were on a tiny budget, we had very long days and there was no rest. Standing for 12 hours at a time was very painful and all I wanted was a great masseur" -- and emotionally --  "With something like It's Complicated, I really left it at the set. But this I carried with me more, because it was more personal," Streep said referring to her 2009 romantic comedy starring noted frequent flier, Alec Baldwin.

Meanwhile, in her Vogue story, Streep puts aside her Lady pains to loll in a few jokes about age. Now 62, Meryl claims that she's the "oldest person" to land the mag's cover and reminisces about being offered three roles as witches after turning 40. Taking it to mean that women her age were "grotesque on some level," she then turned to her husband and said, "It's over." That Streep's done some of her best work in those resulting 22 years proved that not only was it not over, but really just beginning. [Telegraph]

Oh, and check out the trailer for The Iron Lady, out in in wide release January 5th:

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