Saturday, April 3, 2021

Streep voices Martha Gellhorn in Hemingway documentary for PBS

Not exactly major news, but when I came across this the other day, my eyes sort of lit up. This coming Monday through Wednesday, PBS is going to air a three-part Ken Burns documentary on Ernest Hemingway. In Hemingway, Streep will voice the novelist's third of four wives, Martha Gellhorn. Herself a novelist and war correspondent, Gellhorn and Hemingway were married from 1940-1945. The other three wives are voiced by Keri Russell, Patricia Clarkson, and Mary Louise Parker, respectively. 

Meryl's participation in this project hearkens back to when she voiced former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in The Roosevelts, another Burns doc, back in 2014. I found Streep's work in that production to be one of her better "voices" we've heard, even if it wasn't for a character we could see. Gellhorn could be the subject of her own fascinating documentary, or (another) feature film for that matter. Nicole Kidman starred alongside Clive Owen in the HBO movie, Hemingway and Gellhorn.

Streep is sort of a dead ringer for Gellhorn, actually. I look forward to tuning in this week. 

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