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Meryl Streep donates $1 million to New York theater



Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to New York's Public Theater in honor of the company's founder Joe Papp and late producer/director Nora Ephron.

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The legendary actress made her Broadway debut in the theater's production of "Trelawny of the Wells" in 1975, and was mentored by the late impresario, Papp, who set up the Public in 1954. On Thursday, a representative for the company announced Streep has donated the generous amount in memory of Papp and her regular collaborator Ephron, who passed away in June.

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A statement from the Oscar winner reads, "I give this gift in honor 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."

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