streep, hero

Posted: December 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

john cazale, meryl streep, (Photo: Irv Steinberg/Globe Photos)

excerpt from meryl streep’s 2012 interview with terry gross, discussing streep’s boyfriend john cazale, who “appeared in only five films, all of which (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter) were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar,” before he died of cancer in 1978:

STREEP: Yes. We were not engaged but we were a couple. We lived together and, yes, for like three years. Mm-hmm.

GROSS: So he probably died not knowing how famous his roles were going to be, how famous those movies were going to be.

STREEP: … The Godfather movies were unbelievably popular and, you know, they were just, popular isn’t the word. They were…

GROSS: Well, they’ve entered into iconic.

STREEP: Yeah. Absolutely. And they did early. I mean early, early on. They had that importance, certainly, in New York where we lived. And, you know, we would walk along the street, and people would roll down the window and they’d go, “Hey, Fredo!” you know. And we could NEVER pay for a dinner, if we went to Little Italy. Never.

Which was great.

We went all the time.

(photo courtesy of new york mag)

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