While a student at Yale, her credits at Yale Repertory Theatre included: "Shearwater" by William Hauptman
, "The Royal Pardon" by John Arden
, Shaw's "Major Barbara", Gorky's "Lower Depths" (1972), Marlowe's "Edward II", "The Brothers Karamazov" based on the novel by Dostoevsky, "The Balcony" by Jean Genet
, "Cock-a-Doodle-Dandy" ...
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But ... in my own experience of male and female directors, people have a much, much harder time taking a direct command from a woman. It's somehow very difficult for people.
Her father was a drug company exec; her mother, an artist-turned-housewife who kept an art studio behind the house. Her father loved to play the piano and her mother to sing. Meryl was given singing lessons at a young age. Her mother died in 2001 and her father in 2004.
She frequently plays real-life characters: Julia Child, Ethel Rosenberg, Karen Silkwood, Karen Blixen, Roberta Guasppari, Lindy Chamberlain, Susan Orlean and Margaret Thatcher.