Apr 22 - The actress receives the Monte Cristo Award from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Alicia Powell reports.
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Veteran actress Meryl Streep added to her collection of honors as she accepted the 14th Annual Monte Cristo Award in New York.
Streep said receiving the accolade, awarded by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to those who continue to support American theater, is a full-circle moment.
SOUNDBITE: Meryl Streep, actress, saying (English):
"It's nice to come back and support the places that gave you a break the first time out, and still there doing that for writers, actors and musicians today. And I never would have imagined 40 years ago when I spent six weeks there, first of all that the O'Neill would still be going, that I would be employed. All of that is a miracle."
Celebrating with Streep was last year's honoree Michael Douglas along with Judith Light.
Kathy Baker said Streep's talent is two-fold.
SOUNDBITE: Kathy Baker, actress, saying (English):
"She is a once in a lifetime, you know. I don't know, I mean we all watch her and try to go, 'ok now, what is she doing and what can I learn?' And you learn so much but there is a magic that you just, I think you're born with it. She was born with it. And she knows how to use it."
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, which is celebrating 50 years, is considered one of the premiere institutions for theater training.