That all changed when she discovered boys, as Schulman writes in his book, excerpted in WHO this week: “At 14, Meryl Streep took off her braces. She ditched her glasses and started wearing contacts. She doused her hair in lemon juice and peroxide until it gleamed like gold.” The former aspiring soprano set her sights on becoming a cheerleader—a role she pulled off with aplomb. Eventually, she was crowned Homecoming Queen.
The future star was, says Schulman, “an excellent imposter.”
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