Tuesday 6 December 2016

Meryl Streep delivers ecstatic speech as Hilary Clinton makes history: 'It takes grit and it takes grace'

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Published 27/07/2016 | 09:33

Actress Meryl Streep addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Meryl Streep addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys performs on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Banks delivers remarks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Meryl Streep delivered an impassioned speech in support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night.

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The 67-year-old actress was one of a host of famous faces to back Hillary at the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Also present as Hillary made history by becoming the first female presidential candidate from a major party in the United States' history were Alicia Keys, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Banks, America Ferrera and Andra Day.

Meryl opted for an American flag print dress as she spoke to the passionate crowd in the auditorium, saying of Hillary: "Where does she get her grit and her grace? Where do any of our female firsts, our path-breakers, where do they find that strength?”

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys performs on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys performs on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

She went on to compare Hillary to Sandra Day O'Connor, who made history by becoming the first female Supreme Court justice, and Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party.

While Hillary's Republican competitor Donald Trump is currently ahead in the polls, Meryl told the crowd she has no doubt that Mrs Clinton will be named president this November.

Delegates cheer as a screen displays Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivering remarks to the crowd during the evening session on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
Delegates cheer as a screen displays Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivering remarks to the crowd during the evening session on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

“Nearly 100 years after women got the vote, you people have made history,” she said. “And you’re going to make history again in November because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president, and she will be a great president. And she will be the first in a long line of women, and men, who serve with grit and grace. She’ll be the first, but she won’t be the last.”

Hillary's husband Bill Clinton, a former president of the United States, also took to the stage to share his own sweet memories of his wife in an hour-long speech, before the DNC unveiled a star-studded video cover of Rachel Platten's hit Fight Song.

Actress Elizabeth Banks delivers remarks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Banks delivers remarks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pitch Perfect star Elizabeth was among the producers of the cover, which featured Jane Fonda, Kristin Chenoweth, Eva Longoria, Mandy Moore, Idina Menzel and Alan Cumming among others.

Other musical performances on the evening included Andra performing her 2015 hit Rise Up, and Alicia belting out 2007 track Superwoman as a tribute to Hillary, before mixing things up with her single from earlier this year, In Common.

The night was closed by Hillary appearing via video link to thank the audience for their support after she was officially named the presidential candidate for the Democratic party, saying: "We have just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet!"

African-American congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was the first woman to run for president for a major political party, seeking the Democratic nomination, in 1972.

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