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Meryl Streep donates $1 million to New York theater

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Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to New York's Public Theater in honor of the company's founder Joe Papp and late producer/director Nora Ephron.

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The legendary actress made her Broadway debut in the theater's production of "Trelawny of the Wells" in 1975, and was mentored by the late impresario, Papp, who set up the Public in 1954. On Thursday, a representative for the company announced Streep has donated the generous amount in memory of Papp and her regular collaborator Ephron, who passed away in June.

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A statement from the Oscar winner reads, "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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Oct 5, 2012 12:14PM
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Goes to show what a true gem she is to all who share in her career and to us her general public.
BRAVO!

Oct 5, 2012 12:29PM
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You know you hear all the bs Hollywood people in the business going on and on about Meryl Streep all the time til it's lame and boring.  I did see her in an interview and was very surprised to find her a very humble sort of person and that really surprised me.  Apparently all the accolades haven't gone to her head.  I think her million dollar gift is a very nice remembrance. 
Oct 5, 2012 12:38PM
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In all my life, being poor and sometimes equal footing I commend those who volunteer to donate to the arts, humanity projects and other areas of social creating events with either their time or money... I, myself was recently let go and have over 10,000 books and wanted to create my own library and teaching center but I can't get anyone to help me but as long as I see others keep trying then I will continue to try as well.  Anyway that complains where any money goes probably doesn't volunteer much.  So if looking to complain first look at yourself and what have you done for humanity. 
Oct 6, 2012 4:17AM
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GOOD FOR Meryl ! SHE MUST HAVE ENOUGH TO DO SO!

Oct 6, 2012 9:38AM
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One who has nothing of value in life and values nothing, especially art, will carp about the decision to support a storied theater that has contributed for many years. Theatrical production tickets are becoming expensive [and the donation may help moderate price increases], but they are open to broad segments of the public. I am not wealthy by any means, but can see a Broadway show when I visit NYC like anyone else.

I applaud Streep's decision to contribute substantially to the preservation and production of the arts when the GOP push is to eliminate any support for the arts. It is also refreshing to see someone donating to something that can uplift and support a positive view of humanity instead of giving the money to some PAC to support cynicism and corruption of the democratic process. 

Critics do not complain about Ann Romney donating multiple millions to her dressage hobby that is shared by less than 10,000 people in the entire country. Giving a tax break for such activities is welfare to the rich and a scandalous misuse of taxpayer funds.
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