Meryl Streep - AFI Lifetime Achievement Award (2004)
Sex scenes, love scenes. Yes, at this age it’s unusual for somebody to do a love scene, to be making love. But that is just how benighted we are. Because, you know, we still are alive. It’s you and I, baby. It’s authentic. The whole idea that you have to look a certain way and be a certain age to earn love is ridiculous. We love what we love. It doesn’t matter what shape it is.
- Meryl Streep
But love won’t obey our expectations. Its mystery is pure and absolute. What Robert and I had, could not continue if we were together. What Richard and I shared would vanish if we were apart. But how I wanted to share this. How would our lives have changed if I had? Could anyone else have seen the beauty of it?
"I have a terrible ache & miss her every day. She got a sort of staph infection and a week later she was dead. It was horrible. I guess you can’t really say it’s a shock when somebody dies at 86, but it was. A complete shock. When Mom died, morality stepped in and woke me up. Time now seems short. She lived 86 years, and I knew her for 53 of them, and that was too short. Certain things seem more urgent - all the issues of living happily seem to count more, to be more precious and pressing"
Meryl about losing her mother
"When Meryl walked into the makeup room that morning, she walked in as my lover. And all day, when we did the scene, she created this little box of reality around us. But that evening, when I went to dinner with her and Don and their kids, she had become Meryl, mother, again."
—Jeremy Irons | The French Lieutenant’s Woman, 1981
Interviewer: You’ve been described as ignoring trends in your work..
Don Gummer: Well, I don’t ignore trends. I’m interested in what’s going on, but I’m more interested in setting a trend than following one.
Don Gummer is an American sculptor who has been apropriately defined as a Deconstructve Constructivist by critic Irving Sandler, who noted that Gummer’s work is rooted in Constructivism but by extending and deflecting this art in a new direction has rendered it contemporary