No more botox-broached lips, and bogus bulbous ballooned boobs on bubbly blondes and brasry brunettes with fake tans, rented jewels and skimpy supposedly sexy gaudy gowns for me. (That leaves out Nicole who is a redhead--sigh). I don't think any of these young cookie cutter look-a-likes who may be hot stuff without wrinkles, can really act, without the help of special effects and poor plots. They rely on "beauty" and scandal and youth to cover an amazing lack of talent. I could give you a list, but why. Pick up a People magazine and it's full of them. Maybe I'll get a copy and run the names out just to irritate you.
We went to see "It's Complicated" last night, and it reaffirmed what I've thought about a long time...the best actress in the world in terms of talent, hard work, versatility and everything else, has to be Meryl Streep.
My red-headed (sigh) cousin Sarah Beth told me it was great to watch actors who can act and who are roughly our age. Susan and I were talking on the way home about those greats.
Who would you put on the list of best American actresses and actors--who can act, and have wrinkles and are still living and wowing?
Here's our short list:
Actresses--Number 1--Streep. Others: Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Glenn Close, Bette Midler.
Actors:--Number 1--Clint Eastwood. Others: Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Robert deNiro, Robin Williams.
Every Streep move, gesture, look, word and nuance lifts acting to its highest art.
My vote for the actor is Eastwood because he also does so many things well. He has more competition than Streep, but he also lifts acting and directing to an incredibly emotional experience.
So what do you think? Who do you think I left off? Want to argue?