Meryl Streep to speak on her career, Nov. 30

Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep will present a public lecture about her career and the theater at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in McCosh 50 when she comes to Princeton University as the Belknap Visitor in the Humanities.

An actress of stage, film and television, Streep has appeared in such plays as William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" and Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and her Children," which was produced in New York's Central Park this summer. The 13-time Academy Award nominee also has appeared in more than 50 films, most recently "The Devil Wears Prada" and "A Prairie Home Companion," in addition to "The French Lieutenant's Woman," "The Hours," "Sophie's Choice" and "Kramer vs. Kramer." The two latter films earned Streep Oscars.

Streep was selected to deliver this year's Belknap lecture because of the range of her experience, extending to television appearances that include the miniseries "Holocaust" and "Angels in America," where she gained recognition for playing three different roles: male, female and angelic. Streep's many awards include the two Oscars, two Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

As a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, Streep joins a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists -- including Twyla Tharp, Nadine Gordimer, Arthur Miller, Chuck Close, Don DeLillo, Richard Serra, Maurice Sendak and Toshiko Takaezu -- who have come to Princeton through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912.

The free public lecture is being presented by the Humanities Council. Tickets for Princeton students, faculty and staff with valid PUIDs will be distributed from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 27-28, at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. There is a limit of two tickets per person bearing a PUID.

A limited number of tickets also will be available to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Richardson Auditorium ticket office in Alexander Hall, with a limit of two tickets per person. On Nov. 30, doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for ticket holders at McCosh 50, and at 4:50 p.m. there will be general admission from a "wait line" at McCosh Hall for any available seats.

The talk will not be transmitted on the University cable channel, but will be broadcast live to overflow locations in McCosh 60, 62, 64 and 66. No ticketing is required for the overflow locations.

Members of the news media who wish to attend must express their interest no later than noon Tuesday, Nov. 28, by e-mailing the Office of Communications, [email protected]. For photographs of Streep's talk, members of the news media will be provided with a link to images following the event.