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Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to New York’s Public theatre in honour of the theatre’s founder Joe Papp and writer Nora Ephron, the theatre announced Thursday.”I give this gift in honour of the founder of The Public theatre, my friend and mentor Joseph Papp, and in remembrance of one of the theatre’s Board members and greatest supporters, my friend Nora Ephron,” the three-time Oscar-winning actress said in a statement.
Her announcement came Thursday night during a reception at the Public, marking the completion of a $40 million renovation of its space at Astor Place.
Streep began her relationship with the Public in 1975, making her Broadway debut in the theatre’s production of “Trelawny of the Wells.” The Yale-trained actress has since appeared in numerous Public theatre and Shakespeare in the Park productions, including “Mother Courage and Her Children,” “The Seagull,” “Measure for Measure,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “Henry V.”
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Streep worked with her friend Ephron — who died in June — in such films as 1983’s “Silkwood,” 1986’s “Heartburn” and Ephron’s final film, “Julie and Julia.”
She is set to appear next in the film version of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “August: Osage County.”
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