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Meryl Streep Was Once Called Too ‘Ugly’ to Star in King Kong

She went on to prove everybody wrong.

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Before Meryl Streep became the greatest actress of her generation and set the record for the most number of Academy Award nominations (total of 20) for any actor or actress to date, she had to face rejection, too. The American superstar and philanthropist is known for excellently playing versatile roles across different genres, but during the early years of her career, not everybody saw her potential.

In one famous talk show, Streep told the story of her failed audition for the 1976 King Kong film with renowned producer Dino De Laurentiis. According to Streep, the producer’s son, Federico, had seen her in a play and brought her in to audition for the role of Dwan. Streep, who was 26 then and had yet to make a film debut, was thrilled, but it didn’t turn out well.

Streep tells the story of how she was called ‘ugly’ by a famous director.

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De Laurentiis, speaking in Italian, asked his son:

“Why do you bring me this ugly thing?”


Little did he know that Streep knew Italian, too, and understood what he just said. The actress, smart and sharp, then responded in Italian:

“I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong.”

The role eventually went to actress Jessica Lange, who also went on to have a successful acting career.

Streep can laugh about the experience now, but her road to success wasn’t without hard work and real talent.

Streep continued to act in theater, appearing in various Broadway productions and even garnering awards. Her first feature film role came in 1977 opposite Jane Fonda in the film Julia. Her big break came shortly after, when Robert De Niro, who had spotted her in the stage production of The Cherry Orchard, suggested that Streep play the role of his girlfriend in the war movie The Deer Hunter (1978).

Despite the experience with De Laurentiis, Streep pushed forward to become one of our greatest actresses today.

Since then, Streep has starred in hundreds of productions in television, movie, and theater. She has acted in drama, comedy, musical, and other genres. She currently holds the record for most number of Academy Award (20) and Golden Globe (30) nominations than any other actor or actress in history.

Streep has set acting records with the number of nominations and wins she has received so far.

Streep is a true testament to what real talent and hard work can do. Even after facing harsh rejection from a famous producer so early in her career, she held her head high, fought for her dignity, showed spunk, and went on to conquer the world of acting.

She’s definitely not ‘ugly,’ and she’s definitely our hero!

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Autistic Man Called Stupid By Gym Staff Teaches Himself Law, Sues The Company And Wins

He was called ‘stupid’ and, clearly, he’s not.

When Londoner Ketan Aggarwal's official complaint stating he was discriminated against by a spin class instructor at his local gym was ignored, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The 30-year-old man with autism spent two years diligently learning the law, so he could take the international Virgin Active company to court. The best part: He won.

In May 2015, Aggarwal was reportedly humiliated and berated by an instructor at the gym during a spin class. Aggarwal was called 'stupid' twice and was scolded after he requested a change in music.

Aggarwal filed a formal complaint to the company, but he was ignored.

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The Parable Of A Helpful Man And The Vicious Snake

How would you handle the situation? Your answer reveals your true nature.

People are usually good by nature. They want to do good things; they want to help other people whenever they can. Some will even go beyond their means to help someone in need. However all too often we often want recognition and applause for doing something good and that's when we get sidetracked.

You see ego is a dangerous thing; it can overcome you to the point where you'd be blinded by selfishness. When doing good deeds, you shouldn't be thinking about what you're going to get in return. The moment you put an expectation to a good deed, it ruins the beauty of it. It's not the same anymore, it's been stained with selfish motives. It's not a good thing anymore, it's a disguise to a benefit you want to reap afterwards.

When you do good, you need to have sincerity in your heart. You have to be honest with yourself. You need to be thinking genuinely about helping that other person and not have any thoughts whatsoever about you at all. You put that needy person before you.

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Baby Born ‘Without A Brain’ Defies Odds to Survive, Proves Miracles Do Exist

Sometimes, science just doesn’t have an explanation.

Five years ago, Shelly and Rob welcomed a tiny newborn with a serious problem – doctors said he doesn’t have a brain. The brain tissues were severely damaged and he probably won’t live long. Fast forward to today, the little boy named Noah is just like any normal happy kid.

When Shelly was three months pregnant with Noah, doctors found out that the unborn had a condition called spina bifida which means there was no proper development of the spinal cord. At the same time, the medical team learned that Noah also had hydrocephalus.

Because of hydrocephalus or the buildup of fluid in his brain, Noah’s brain was damaged. Doctors even advised his parents to prepare a casket. On the other hand, they were told that if Noah would survive, he’ll live to be disabled.

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