quote by Joan Rivers

At my funeral, I want Meryl Streep crying in five different accents.

— Joan Rivers

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I've always wanted to be a Meryl Streep or a Natalie Portman.

I want to do all kinds of different movies, to be a chameleon. I don't want to limit myself.

I always think of Meryl [Streep] for everything now.

There really aren't many actresses around who are truly lucid the way she is.

I think that's why Meryl Streep is working so much, because she looks like a woman we can all relate to. I look at her and I think, 'I'm chasing my kids, I've moved my parents in with me, I'm coping with food spills - that looks like me in real life'. Meryl looks like an unmade bed, and that's what I look like. To me, that looks true.

Life is difficult enough without Meryl Streep movies.

I believe writers need to be chameleons, or like Meryl Streep, who can play all sorts of characters. A good writer should be able to cross gender lines and people of all social classes. So for me, writing from a male point of view would be a great challenge, that I would look forward to taking on.

Anyone who's ever worked with Meryl Streep always says the same thing: can that woman act! And what's with all the Hitler memorabilia?

I had an existential crisis at the Oscars, sitting next to Sean Penn and Meryl Streep, and being like, 'What am I doing here? I don't belong here'. I felt like it could all be taken away.

Ooh, I'd love to be in a movie with Meryl Streep or Martin Scorsese.

There are so many different things I want to do, maybe like a possessed child or an evil something... I don't know!

I admire Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman for their sheer dedication to their craft.

I don't know what my image is. I went to France to publicize Marvin's Room, and one really smart young woman journalist said to me, "You know, when I told people I was going to interview Meryl Streep they were so excited... all ze women in my office, they love you so much. But ze men - they are afraid of you."

One of the people I've always wanted to emulate in pursuing that dream was Meryl Streep, in terms of the different types of roles she's been able to play and the number of different stories she's been able to tell.

Definitely. Cate Blanchett or Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore - women that have no boundaries, no borders. They can do anything, They can be any character and you accept it and go with it as a viewer, and as an audience member. That's the kind of career that I'm looking for.

As an actress, I really love people like Anna Magnani and Debra Winger.

I also think there is nobody better than Meryl Streep.

Before I do a movie, I watch Meryl Streep movies over and over.

It's not to mimic her. It's to remind myself to be more committed.

I could not understand why Meryl Streep, for example, is allowed to work while pregnant and I'm not.

I would always cast Meryl Streep for everything.

I would do with something inspired by the work of Guy Bourdin, my favorite photographer.

In my 20s, my mom and I went and saw the bridges of Madison County, which are in Iowa, and I had seen that movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. I've always done these Iowa road trips. I did this transcendental meditation course in Fairfield, Iowa. So I've known since my early 20s that someday I would buy a farm in Iowa.

For some reasons, I have WWE wrestlers tweeting me all the time.

Like, my biggest fans. Why they can connect with my love for Meryl Streep, I don't know.

I'd like to think I could do something great - a performance like Meryl Streep's in 'Sophie's Choice' - at some point in my life. At the same time, though, I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to be great.

If your husband is cheating on you with a carhop, get Meryl Streep to play you.

You'll feel much better.

Daniel Day-Lewis would play me as a baby.

He can do anything. Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt are fighting out for me now. And Meryl Streep will play me after the sex change. I haven't told you about that, have I?

I've done one movie. And it's not a movie I want to stand on as far as acting ability goes. I mean, I'm not going to win an Oscar anytime soon. I'm not Meryl Streep.

I'll tell you how it happened. The phone rang. Paul, my agent, goes, 'Would you like to play Meryl Streep's?' I said, 'Yeeees! I'll do it, whatever it is.' He said, 'It's Mamma Mia!.' I said, 'Oh no, which character? The fat friend?

At a party recently I was introduced to Meryl Streep, and it took me a second to get my head around it. You know, that I'm meeting these people now. I'm doing it.

I would love to work with Anthony Hopkins;

I would love to work with Meryl Streep; I would love to work with DeNiro; I would love to work with Johnny Depp; I'd love to work with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow... I think she's amazing.

Meryl Streep does things I would never have thought possible.

.. Her presence on screen is outstanding.

I could not understand why Meryl Streep, for example, is allowed to work while pregnant and I'm not.

Meryl Streep is exactly as awesome as you would imagine Meryl Streep to be.

You know, you kinda think you're gonna have to work for twenty years before you get to work with Meryl Streep. So getting to work with her... I almost feel like I didn't pay enough dues, it was pretty incredible. I always thought I'd work with her, I just didn't think it would happen at this point in my career.

I'm not going to play someone too far from who I am.

Although I did a movie where I played a killer, and that has yet to come out. But that's someone I love being able to shock people with. I could do something you would not expect me to do. My limitations are - I'm not Meryl Streep. I'm not playing anything in a foreign language, or anything too far from who I am.

It was one of those things where you admire and respect a person, and you watch them for almost your entire life - and Meryl Streep was definitely one of those people that inspired me throughout my career. Having a chance to have a scene with her was pretty unreal.

I had never really heard of Meryl Streep before.

Someone told me she was an actress and she'd been in a few things, but I said, you know, whatever. She showed up and she seemed somewhat inexperienced, so I gave her a few pointers, and I think she has a decent career ahead of her. It's always hard to tell these things in Hollywood, but I do think that she has some talent under there. I think she's a diamond in the rough.

Mike Nicholls saw me in the musical of The Full Monty and brought me in to audition for Angels in America for HBO. And that opened a lot of doors because you could go to LA and say: "Well, I'm starring opposite Al Pacino and Meryl Streep..."

If you're a boxer, you want to get the ring with a Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali type. When you're acting, you want to get in with Meryl Streep, and that's what I did.

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