meryl streep celebrates its 73 years this June 22. The actress was born in 1949 in New Jersey City, the daughter of a publisher and a pharmaceutical executive. Somehow and thanks to the creativity of her mother, she began to approach art in adolescence. After graduating from high school, she attended Yale University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While there she realized that her dream was to become an actress and, little by little, she began to try. So in the ’70s she started auditioning and got some theater roles. It was where she met John Cazale (the one and only Fredo in The Godfather I and II) who years later would become his partner. someone
After going through several plays, in 1977, his career opportunity came with his film debut in the movie Julia. Although his participation was small, she allowed him to work the following year, being only 28 years old, with Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Cazale himself, in the film The Deer Hunterdirected by Michael Cimino. The story followed three friends who must leave the United States to fight in the Vietnam War. The consequences of what they experienced as soldiers irreparably impacts their lives and that of their families forever.
The film received eight Oscar nominations in 1978including Meryl as Best Supporting Actress. Although it won Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor for Walken, from its premiere it was praised by critics until it became a cult film, something that allowed the interpreter to continue developing in Hollywood.
But unlike Meryl, Cazale already had some way to go in the movies. In fact, she had had the luxury of shooting with Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather and The Godfather II. In the film, the actor played Fredo Corleone, the weakest and most misguided of the family. He had also participated in The conversationanother masterful Coppola film and in Dog Afternoondirected by Sidney Lumet and where he returned to work with Al Pacinoin 1976.
Cazale appeared in just six tapes (only his images appear in The Godfather III) all nominated for Best film in the Oscar awards, a record rarely seen. In each of these films and, despite having supporting roles, she looked like no one else. Watching each of these films, in fact, it is difficult to forget the way of acting and talking about him. However, despite his talent, which could have made him a great Hollywood star, in 1978, he passed away accompanied by his great love, meryl streep. We tell you more about this passionate and tragic love.
Meryl Streep and John Cazale: a unique love story
Life brought Meryl and John together for a very short time, but their story is truly profound. They met in 1975 in New York. He was 39 and she was 26. The chemistry was instant. Cazale had a great humor and Streep was more reserved, shy and she wanted to find her own way in acting. Together they knew how to nurture what they loved the most: the theater. Having a broader tour, the interpreter gave her some acting advice, which Meryl still keeps in her heart today.
“We could spend hours and hours on the composition of a character. He was very perfectionist. I think I didn’t complicate myself so much. I was satisfied with the first idea that occurred to me, but he told me ‘there are many more possibilities’. It was a real lesson, I engraved it in my heart and I always keep it in mind“said the actress in the documentary HBO Yo Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale.
They were meant to be together because somehow they had managed to complement each other. But fatal cancer diagnosis, in 1977, took them by surprise. They had illusions and dreams to pursue together, but the disease began to progress very quickly in John’s body until it reached his bones. That did not prevent them from continuing closer than ever. Undoubtedly, the love between the two was stronger and Meryl decided to accompany him in this difficult process.
Cazale died in the house where he lived with the actress on March 13, 1978, at age 42 and was veiled at Holy Cross Cemetery in Massachusetts. Although, the actress managed to rebuild her life with the plastic artist Don Gummerwith whom she had her four children, the memory of John will live in her forever.