Streep elected to American Academy
Published 12/04/2010 | 13:52
Meryl Streep has revealed she "burst into tears" when she was heard she was being made an honorary member of the American Academy Of Arts And Letters.
The Julie And Julie actress - who has two Oscars and seven Golden Globes to her name - was thrilled when the 112-year-old academy announced she had been elected to a special category for "Americans of great distinction in the arts whose work falls outside the traditional departments" of music (composition), literature and art.
"I have to say that I was stunned, and when they sent me the roster of people in the academy I just burst into tears," said the US actress.
"I couldn't believe that I'd be even allowed in the kitchen," she added.
Hollywood directors Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese are among the current members. While Woody and former member Orson Welles both worked extensively on screen, Meryl is the first to be chosen solely for acting.
She and the other new members will be inducted at an afternoon ceremony next month.
"I just hope to have lots of cocktails and talk about high-fallutin' things," said the star.