Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock enjoy new lease on career life

Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:34pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Only Meryl Streep, at age 60, could trill merrily "Turns out, I'm a bit of a slut!" -- and get a Golden Globe nomination for it.

Streep is enjoying a second lease on her acting life after three years of commercial and critical success in ever-changing roles, and she is delighting a new generation of fans not even born when she won her last Oscar for 1982's "Sophie's Choice."

She earned double Golden Globe nominations on Tuesday for diverse roles of eccentric real-life cook Julia Child in "Julie & Julia" and a mature divorcee who revels in an affair with her ex-husband in the upcoming comedy "It's Complicated." Hence the line, "I'm a bit of a slut!"

Sandra Bullock also is enjoying somewhat of a rebirth at age 45, as she declared herself "slack jawed with awe" at getting two nominations for romantic comedy "The Proposal" and feel-good football drama "The Blind Side."

She appeared in no movies in 2008 and only one in 2007, "Premonition." While a third 2009 film, "All About Steve," failed to stir much interest, Bullock nevertheless surprised audiences with the success of "Blind Side."

Both she and Streep are bucking Hollywood convention that says once actresses reach a certain age in their mid 30's, good roles dry up and what's available are middling supporting parts while the best jobs go to youngsters.

"Older women is a category Hollywood has written off, but this proves that nobody knows nothing. No matter all the surveys they take and all the focus groups, someone can come along and have their greatest success at this point in life," said Pete Hammond of awards website www.The

"Streep and Bullock have been smart enough in their choices to have a career that lasts more than a few minutes and now they are reaping the rewards," he said.   Continued...