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Spec-Tacular: Does Meryl Streep Owe Her Career to Her Glasses?

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New York Magazine surveys the most important accessory in Streep's career.

Meryl Streep is inarguably one of the most--if not the most--talented actresses alive and working today. When she stars in a movie, critics struggle to find new ways of describing her brilliance. She has been nominated for a record 17 Academy Awards, and is fresh off her third win for The Iron Lady. An overview of her illustrious career demonstrates that she can skillfully perform comedy and drama with the greatest of ease, can sing like a bird, can nail any accent, and has even turned the ever-laborious and treacherous acceptance speech into its very own art. But is there some alchemical thing that has aided her all this time? A trick of the eye? A mysterious and wonderful thing that has served as a crutch and a virtue? New York Magazine posits that there may just be a special prop that Streep uses both on-screen and off for dramatic effect, that has worked time and time again. Could a pair of quotidian glasses helped Meryl get to where she is today? Whether perched on her nose at a podium, or being swept off her face for dramatic emphasis, New York makes a strong case for the supporting role that eyewear has played in her career. Need proof? Take a peek at the video below:

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