Meryl Streep recalls 'playing dead' while being beaten

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Meryl Streep

"I just went completely nuts and went after this man", Streep said of seeing a woman being mugged, according to the The New York Post's Page Six.

She wrote: "Meryl Streep and I saved a girl from a large mugger in New York City".

Streep delivered a surprise speech at the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual awards event Wednesday, and she spoke about encountering physical violence in her own life. CPJ's 2017 IPFA honorees are: Pravit Rojanaphruk, Thailand - Award presented by Gillian Tett of The Financial Times.Ahmed Abba, Cameroon - Award presented by Bill Whitaker of "60 Minutes."Patricia Mayorga, Mexico - Award presented by the actress Meryl Streep.Afrah Nasser, Yemen - Award presented by Miriam Elder of BuzzFeed".

As she thanked female journalists specifically for their bravery, the Oscar victor revealed her encounters with physical abuse. Ask Cher - she was there. The thug ran away, it was a miracle.”. But I was changed by these events on a cellular level because women do know something particular about coming to the danger place.

The Devil Wears Prada star admitted she always makes sure she is "hyper alert" to danger.

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All of these things, she said, come in handy in both acting and investigative journalism.

Meryl and Cher previously starred in the 1980's film Silkwood together, playing roomates Karen Silkwood and Dolly Pelliker in the thriller. They are now working together on the highly anticipated musical film, Mamma Mia!

In the nineties, Streep appeared alongside Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis in Death Becomes Her, as well as Glenn Close in The House of the Spirits.

'You're ambitious, contrarian, fiery, dogged and determined bulls-t detectives.

The actress finished her speech by thanking the female journalists in the room. And I, on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you'.

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