This picture of Meryl Streep was taken when she was 32, after being rejected for a film role because she was “too ugly.” The photo went viral after it was shared on social media.
An unofficial Facebook fan page, Meryl L. Streep, shared this picture of the actress riding the subway in the 1980’s, claiming the picture was taken after an audition. The details of the post suggests that the director of King Kong told her she was too “ugly” for the role.
What Meryl Streep actually said about auditioning for King Kong
“It was Dino De Laurentiis Senior, and his son had seen me in a play and so I went up to the top of the ‘Gulf and Western Building, like the 33rd floor and he had this amazing office that looked all over Manhattan. I walked in and his son was in there very excited that he’d brought in this new actress.‘And the father said to his son – in Italian, because I understand Italian – he said “brutta”, you know, “why do you bring me this ugly thing?”
‘Very sobering as a young girl. So I said to him…”I understand what you’re saying, I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong.”’
‘I took a deep breath and said, “I’m sorry you think I’m too ugly for your film but you’re just one opinion in a sea of thousands and I’m off . Today I have 18 Academy Awards.’
The post is based on an interview Meryl did on The Graham Norton Show in January, in which she revealed that when she met with Dino De Laurentiis Senior he said she was too ‘ugly’ to be in his film King Kong.
The role of Dwan eventually went to a young Jessica Lange.