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What Would Meryl Streep Do?

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Cynthia Nixon on the lasting influence of Meryl Streep

Larry King NowApr 14 '17

Like so many actresses, Cynthia Nixon says witnessing a performance of Meryl Streep’s as a child – in this case, in ‘Taming of the Shrew’ – inspired her to pursue acting.

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Larry King: What actor or performance first inspired you to act?

Cynthia Nixon: You know, I guess I really loved the old movies when I was a kid, so people like that, like Katharine Hepburn-

Larry King: Black and white movies.

Cynthia Nixon: And Bette Davis, Jimmy Stewart, but I had already been bitten by the bug at that point. But I do remember when I was 11 or so, I saw Meryl Streep and Raul Julia in ‘Taming of the Shrew,’ and it still stands out as one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.

Larry King: I interviewed Bette Davis, I interviewed Jimmy Stewart.

Cynthia Nixon: Really?

Larry King: Bette was a riot.

Cynthia Nixon: She’s amazing.

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