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Actress Meryl Streep poses during a media event for the film "Into the Woods"

Actress Meryl Streep poses during a media event for the film "Into the Woods"

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Actress Meryl Streep poses during a media event for the film "Into the Woods"

Hollywood star Meryl Streep has supported Russell Crowe's view that ageing actresses should not expect to be given roles that are not suited to their age.

'Gladiator' star Crowe caused a stir when he said in an interview that older women should accept they were not right for a role as an "ingenue", in the same way that male stars had to take roles which were appropriate for their age.

Speaking at the launch of her new film 'Into The Woods', in which she plays a wizened grey-haired witch, Streep backed his sentiments. "I agree with him. It's good to live in the place where you are," she said.

Crowe said recently that actresses who were unhappy about the roles available were likely to be "the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingenue and can't understand why she's not being cast as the 21-year-old".

He cited Streep and Helen Mirren as stars who proved there were suitable roles geared to their stage of life. She pointed out that 50-year-old Crowe had actually been making a point about himself. Streep said: "The journalist asks him, 'Why don't you do another 'Gladiator'? Everyone would love that'.

"He said, 'I'm too old."

(© Daily Telegraph London)

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