Flowers, gifts and a kiss for Streep in Berlin

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:16pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White

BERLIN (Reuters) - Meryl Streep was given a bouquet of flowers, a gift and a kiss at the Berlin film festival on Valentine's Day, and they weren't from her husband.

The 62-year-old actress was at the annual cinema showcase on Tuesday to receive a lifetime achievement Golden Bear.

At a packed press conference following a screening of her latest movie "The Iron Lady", Streep reflected on the price of fame and on how playing Margaret Thatcher in the biopic had changed her opinion of the former British Prime Minister.

At one point, a journalist climbed up on stage, presented Streep with a bunch of white flowers and gave her a kiss.

"How beautiful!" she said, adding later: "My husband didn't send me flowers, so thank God for Dieter!"

Another reporter gave her a Russian doll, each layer of which was painted to represent her in a different film role, including "The Iron Lady" and "The Devil Wears Prada".

Two days ago, the American won a best actress BAFTA award in London for "The Iron Lady" to add to the Golden Globe she received for the same role. She is a front-runner to scoop her third Oscar on February 26.

Streep described the awards season as an "out of body experience."   Continued...

Meryl Streep reacts as she looks at a matryoshka doll, decorated with a portrait of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she received as a gift from a Russian journalist during a news conference to promote the movie "The Iron Lady" at the 62nd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 14, 2012.    REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen