- Interviewer: Back in July 1988, you attacked a photographer attempting to photograph your two older children, grabbing hold of the cameras around his neck and trying to rip them off, hitting him a couple of times.
- Meryl Streep: I'm sorry I didn't break his face. (Uproarious laughter) I get like a tigress when it's about my kids. They get scared. It's scary.
- Interviewer: In your own life, what's been the biggest problem?
- Meryl Streep: I've had lots of scary personal things, lots of them.
- Interviewer: Including John Cazale's death.
- Meryl Streep: Among them, yes, that. But I feel that's my palette, that's what I keep in my studio. You don't get to see that. You get to see the painting.
- Interviewer: Was John someone you would have married?
- Meryl Streep: Ummm. (Pause) It's really none of your damn business. I don't parade those really meaningful things and I really distrust people who do. Then everything's for sale. I can say John's death made the stakes all very high for me. It taught me about what's meaningful, about what counts, that every second counts, that beyond anything you achieve, relationships between people count the most. My priorities were pretty drastically rearranged.
I will never forget the Broadway shows my Mom brought me to see when I was a kid, and she blames my whole career on that early exposure to Ethel Merman, Diahann Carroll, Barbara Cook, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing and Mary Martin.
I went to the School of Divas.” —Meryl Streep