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Meryl Streep donates $1 million to New York's Public Theater

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Meryl Streep has donated $1 million (£600,000) to New York's Public Theater.

The Oscar-winning actress made the gift in memory of her mentor Joseph Papp and friend Nora Ephron.

Meryl Streep, Oscars 2012

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Nora Ephron with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams

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[Left: Meryl Streep / Right: Nora Ephron, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams]

"I give this gift in honour of the founder of The Public Theater, my friend and mentor Joseph Papp, and in remembrance of one of the theater's Board members and greatest supporters, my friend Nora Ephron," said Streep at a reception on Thursday (October 4).

The actress's relationship with the theatre has extended over 35 years, including her early performances in Trelawny of the Wells in 1975 and Henry V in 1976.

"Meryl is as great a citizen as she is an actor," said the theater's artistic director Oskar Eustis.

"Joe Papp founded The Public in the belief that great theater belonged to all the people. It means an enormous amount to us that the greatest actor of our time supports that mission."

Streep returned to The Public Theater's stage in June to star in Romeo and Juliet with Kevin Kline.

The announcement was made at a reception celebrating the unveiling of the $40 million revitalisation of the theatre's Astor Place venue.

Streep was most recently seen in Hope Springs with Tommy Lee Jones.

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