Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Meryl Streep Gives $1 Million to NY’s Public Theater


Three time Oscar winner Meryl Streep has given $1 million to New York’s- and Joe Papp’s — Public Theater. The announcement was made last night at the Public as they unveiled their $8 million-plus renovation. Streep gave the money in memory of her pal Nora Ephron, and in honor of the Public’s good works. She got her start there and has been a loyal member of their repertory for the 40 or so years, appearing in many productions. The Public is on a big fundraising drive. On October 24th, Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway is putting on a show in Joe’s Pub at $300 a ticket. She and her friends will be performing songs from “Cabaret.” Meryl is a mensch, that’s for sure. She didn’t even tell her publicist what she’d done. Bravo! Her statement read: “I give this gift in honor of the founder of The Public Theater, my friend and mentor Joseph Papp, and in remembrance of one of the theater’s Board members and greatest supporters, my friend Nora Ephron.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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