GT-Mar 16-31 2017


Gulaal Spring/Summer Lawn 2017

Gulaal recently launched its S/S Lawn 2017 (Volume One) that was a massive hit as most of the designs got sold out during the prebooking phase. The collection featured amazing designs with intricate embroideries and interesting colour palettes.

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Charizma’s glam Collections

Dazzle in Charizma’s glam collections, both Unstitched and Pret. The 2nd store is now open at Emporium Mall, Johar Town, Lahore, or buy online from www.houseofcharizma.com Follow us on Instagram @Charizmaofficial

By Staff writer


Song to Song

Song to Song is an upcoming American drama film, starring an A-list ensemble cast including Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender. The film depicts a modern love story set in the Austin, Texas music scene and follows the lives of two entangled couples. The first couple consists of two struggling songwriters, Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), while the other couple comprises of music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and a waitress played by Natalie Portman. The characters in the film chase the elusive success in the modern world of rock’n’ roll while journeying through straits of seduction and betrayal that test their passions for their craft as well as their partners.
The film is set to release on March 17, 2017. What is sure to get audiences excited beyond the big names leading the cast is the slew of celebrities and musicians that will make cameos and special appearances in the drama.

*EXCLUSIVE* Austin, TX – Natalie Portman brings sexy to the set of the Untitled Terrence Malick Project as she shoots scenes with Michael Fassbender today in Austin. Natalie wore a sheer top which exposed her cleavage and magenta skinny jeans with black boots, which showed off her thin figure. Benicio Del Toro was also hanging out on set during his break and Benjamin Millepied watched his wife work while holding their son, Aleph.
Exclusive… 50911530 Actress Natalie Portman on the set of the ‘Untitled Terrence Malick’ movie in Austin, Texas on October 9 2012. Actress Natalie Portman on the set of the ‘Untitled Terrence Malick’ movie in Austin, Texas on October 9 2012. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray —Oscar Wilde

A cursory look while driving by a fading banner brought this timeless classic to mind. A book targeting the vain and the vainglorious alike this great work should be read by all once every year, to remind ourselves of the pitfalls of vanity.
Dorian Gray, an aristocratic member of Victorian high-society, is the subject of a full-length portrait, made by an artist who is infatuated with Dorian’s beauty. Dorian upon viewing his beauty by way of the portrait fears the day when it too will fade. After coming into contact with a convenient philosophy that purports beauty and sensual fulfilment as the only things pursuing in life, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul for the sake of his beauty. This wish is granted on the condition that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. He in the meantime can pursue a life of hedonism and pleasure, but all the while hides from his true, ugly, self that lives in the picture.


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Television Shows:

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is an adaptation of the famous children’s book series of the same name. The creators of the show Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld have turned the timeless classics into a black comedy-drama that has Netflix audiences going wild. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton and Malina Wessman the series, which premiered this January, will be covering the first four books of the season, while a second season is planned to consist of ten episodes that adapt book five through nine.
The series covers the Baudelaire children who lose their parents in a mysterious fire. When they are placed under the care of their distant relative Count Olaf they discover that he is an actor who is determined to claim the family fortune for himself. The children set out to elude Olaf all the while discovering their parents’ mysterious past.


By Afshan Shafi

We love Natasha’s killer sense of style! A London College Of Fashion Alumni, she is also the
founder & creative director of T-Shirt Policy London LTD. Ladylike and edgy with a luxe spin, there’s nothing she cant pull off

Stripes for days

Billowing Black

Pop of Pink

Details and Denim

Monochrome for the win!

Light and Breezy

By Mahlia Lone

Dr. Tauqeer Ahmad of Signature skin care 

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Hamza Tarar, founder/interior designer at Lahore’s studio Casa Hamza, just loves Miami, his second home. Read on to learn about where those in the know eat, stay and party in the city that never sleeps


The reason I plan my holidays to Miami is because I’ve lived half of my life there and it’s one of my favourite places in the whole world. It’s like a second home to me. Whenever you go there, rest assured you’ll have a great time. There is something to do for everyone. But it wasn’t just Miami on the itinerary, we were travelling around the States so we covered a lot of places like Las Vegas, Napa Valley, Fort Lauderdale, Key West and San Francisco to name a few.

What is the best time to visit?

I think the best time to go is during the winter because it’s still sunny there and the weather is amazing! Ideally any time from November to March works great as there are a lot of events, festivals and parties happening so you have a wide range of activities to enjoy.

Where did you stay?

I rented a high-end apartment on Miami Beach. As we were travelling across the country, we were able to explore so many different places. In Vegas, we stayed at the ARIA Resort and Casino. During our time in Key West, we were at the historic La Concha Hotel and Spa, which is the ideal location to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and inspired surroundings on Duval Street. Duval Street is truly the heart and soul of Old Town Key West so the lively atmosphere keeps you going from night till dawn!

Favourite restaurant?

In Miami, an absolute must-try is Barton G. This restaurant makes each meal an experience that you won’t forget! Their innovative presentations will steal your heart. Garbo’s Grills is another one of my favourite places to visit while in Key West. They make the best Asian tacos in the world. Best I’ve ever had! It’s essentially a food truck and there is a minimum one-hour waiting time because the place is so busy.

How to get around?

Well, things have gotten rather convenient now with services like Uber and Lyft so transportation while travelling is not a hassle anymore. It’s your best bet in places like Vegas and San Fran. Although, I would suggest if you have an international driver’s license, you must rent a car while you are in Florida. It’s much more economical and driving up to far-off destinations is totally worthwhile given the gorgeous views.

It’s Miami baby, of course we partied all day. We slept at 6 a.m. and up again at 8 a.m.! We were always out and about, up to something new every single day, offering libations up to the city morning, noon and night

What did you get up to during the day?
It’s Miami baby, of course we partied all day. We slept at 6 a.m. and up again at 8 a.m.! We were always out and about, up to something new every single day. We offering libations up to the city morning, noon and night.

Five essentials you cannot live without when travelling?
1. Liquid sustenance
2. Phone charger
3. Money and LOTS of it
4. Sunglasses
5. My shoulder bag!

Where to stay?

If you’re headed to Miami Beach, you must stay in one of the Art Deco historic properties on Collins Avenue. The candy-coloured Miami Art Deco district is the ideal home-ground to soak in the rich culture that this place has to offer. The whimsical Delano Hotel in South Beach is another favourite as it balances eclectic details that are playful, quietly theatrical and filled with all-night energy! Then there’s the W Hotel, another great option as it’s an ultrachic beachfront hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

What to eat?

When in Vegas, I would definitely recommend checking out Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand, which is an unforgettable Three Michelin Star restaurant catering to a sophisticated palate and is designed to resemble a luxurious Art Deco townhouse.
If you’re into cool concepts and high end comfort food, State Bird in San Francisco will be the most fun you will have dining out!

What to see?

There’s so much to do around Ocean Drive in Miami like the Art Deco Walking Tour, club crawls or bar hopping to get a taste of the nightlife and numerous beach activities in the daytime. Collins Avenue is your go-to place for all things cultured, artsy and fun.

The former warehouse district of Wynwood has become the arts hub of South Florida and has been converted to an outdoor gallery, so that’s an experience you don’t want to miss out on. Touted as the design district, you can see vibrant spaces complemented with mural, street-art and graffiti.

Then there’s the Villa Vizcaya, which is a definite tourist spot if it’s your first time in Miami. It’s a beautiful old palace surrounded by acres of serene European-style gardens chock-a-block with fountains and statuary.

And you must visit the legendary Villa Casa Casuarina, more popularly known as Versace’s Mansion. The place is a popular attraction due to the fact that Versace was actually shot dead on the steps of his Miami Mansion in 1997 as he returned from a morning walk on the Ocean Drive.

Lastly, for a bit of shopping, head to Bal Harbour Shops; an upscale mall with premium designer shops. You are sure to spot a lot of celebrities here!

By Afshan Shafi

The Oscars this year proved to be a dreamshow for fashionistas. Along with the sparkling dresses on show, accessories turned out to be a real game changer!

Emma Stone dons art deco earrings and a Planned Parenthood pin

Dakota Johnson’s “museum worthy” Cartier jewels

Ruth Negga dons Irene Neuwirth x Gemfields earrings with a ruby headband

Jessica Biel’s Tiffany and Co necklace was jaw dropping

Emma Roberts in chic Atelier Swarovski jewelry

Karlie Kloss in intricately crafted Nirav Modi jewels

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actor Kirsten Dunst attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Kirstun Dunst channels old hollywood in a Christian Dior Haute Couture gown and a scrolling Niwaka necklace 

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actor/singer Janelle Monae attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Janelle Monae highlights her pixie cut with a gold Jennifer Behr crown

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actor Alicia Vikander attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Alicia Vikander in a classic Bulgari necklace

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (8434880fu)
Naomie Harris
89th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 26 Feb 2017

Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein’s mismatched shoes

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Actor Salma Hayek attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Salma Hayek’s Fred Leighton bracelet is attached to fishing wire and transforms into a tiara

Gifted actors whose passionate but tragic romance was cut short by death

By Mahlia Lone

Everyone knows that Meryl Streep is the best actress of her generation and that she has been nominated for a record breaking 20 Academy Awards for acting and has won three so far. Gifted with an uncanny ability to mimic accents and with an inherent capability to transform herself into any character, there is another factor that has raised her acting ability above that of her peers. Actors generally tap into the pain in their personal lives to add depth to a dramatic role. Because she lived through a great tragic romance early on in her life before she hit it big as an actress, she was able to bring this combination of vulnerability, fragility, acute sadness and fortitude not only to her next role in Kramer vs. Kramer but also to many others in her career, like The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Sophie’s Choice, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, etc. This is the story not of her happy marriage, but her earlier tragic romance that changed her forever and contributed to making her the exceptional actress we all adore

The first born of artist Mary Wolf Wilkinson and pharmaceutical executive Harry William Streep Jr., Meryl was named Mary Louise Streep at birth. She was born in New Jersey in 1949 and was followed by two brothers. Her father had German Swiss ancestry, while her mother belonged to a family of 17th-century English-Irish immigrants who were amongst the first to settle and purchase land in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Her direct maternal ancestor Lawrence Wilkinson was one of the first Europeans settlers in Rhode Island. Another ancestor, William Penn was the founder of Pennsylvania. In the U.S. such families of early settlers are looked upon highly and considered “old, landed gentry.”

Mary Louise, a popular but shy girl, appeared in school plays and was the cheerleader at Bernards High School. Meryl recalled her mother encouraging and motivating her by saying, “You’re capable. You’re so great. You can do whatever you put your mind to. If you’re lazy, you’re not going to get it done. But if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.”

An intelligent, driven girl, she attended the prestigious Vassar College where she appeared in the college production of Miss Julie. Her drama professor Clinton J Atkinson said, “I don’t think anyone ever taught Meryl acting. She really taught herself.” She quickly became known for her ability to mimic accents and to effortlessly memorize her lines, a big requirement for an actor. After earning her BA degree cum laude (with honours) in 1971, she started her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Meryl Streep was a high school cheerleader

here, she appeared in over a dozen plays in diverse roles varying from Helena in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to an 80-year-old woman in a wheelchair in a comedy. Her first professional job after receiving her degree from Yale in 1975 was at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference during which she acted in an incredible five plays in just six weeks. Armed with a sound background in theatre, Meryl moved to New York City and was cast in Measure for Measure opposite John Cazale, fourteen years her senior and already a respected theatre and film actor.

John Cazale was born and bred in Massachusetts. He had Irish ancestry from his mother’s side and Italian from his father’s. Cazale had also studied drama at Oberlin College and Boston University, after which he moved to New York City and became friends with another aspiring actor, Al Pacino, with whom he lived in a communal house.

Cazale possessed unusual looks – a slim frame, high forehead, prominent nose and sad eyes. Pacino reminisced, “When I first saw John, I instantly thought he was so interesting. Everybody was always around him because he had a very congenial way of expressing himself.”


Young John Cazale

Of the six movies Cazale starred in (including through archive footage in Godfather Part III) all were nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and three won, a unique feat on his part

The two friends were cast in Israel Horovitz’s play, The Indian Wants the Bronx, for which they both won Obie Awards, given to off-Broadway productions, for the1967-1968 season. Cazale also played the lead in Horovitz’s Line. In this, he was noticed by a casting director who suggested him to director Francis Ford Coppola for his epic gangster movie Godfather (1972). Cazale plays the feeble-minded older brother Fredo to Pacino’s Michael Carleone. The film later became a cult classic and broke box office records making the newcomer famous overnight.

Al Pacino,Marlon Brando, James Caan, , & John Cazale in The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather Part II

Pleased with the success, Coppola cast Cazale opposite Gene Hackman in his psychological mystery thriller The Conversation, which won the Palm d’Or at the ’74 Cannes Film Festival.

Next, Cazale reprised his role as Fredo Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974). Film critic Bruce Fretts wrote in Entertainment Weekly, “Cazale’s devastatingly raw turn intensifies the impact of the drama’s emotional climax.”

With Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon

With Gene Hackman in The Conversation

Dominic Chianese who plays Ola in the second installment of the trilogy spoke about the depth with which he inhabited a role: “John could open up his heart, so it could be hurt. That’s a talent few actors have.”

Cazale again starred alongside Pacino in Sidney Lumet’s 1975 crime drama Dog Day Afternoon, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award. Lumet said, “One of the things that I love about the casting of John Cazale was that he had a tremendous sadness about him. I don’t know where it came from; I don’t believe in invading the privacy of the actors that I work with, or getting into their heads. But, my God — it’s there — every shot of him. And not just in this movie, but in Godfather II also.”

Michael Schulman relates the story of how Cazale and Meryl met in his biography of the actress, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep. The 27 year old ingénue met Cazale, the more established and well respected 41 year old actor, during an audition for New York City’s famed Shakespeare in the Park in 1976. They had great chemistry together and she was cast opposite him in Measure for Measure in Central Park. Their instant connection was obvious to their cast mates and director Joe Papp. The relationship became so intensely physical that Meryl’s consistently chapped lips were noticed by the crew on a regular basis.
It was love at first sight for both of them. “Once Cazale was in that play,” actor Marvin Starkman said, “the only thing he talked about was her.”

“He wasn’t like anybody I’d ever met. It was the specificity of him, and his sort of humanity and his curiosity about people, his compassion,” remembered Meryl later.

Though not a huge star, Cazale was considered “a rare talent, in demand among the great directors of the era.” He was known among directors as “20 Questions,” because he wanted a detailed back story of the character he would be portraying.
“Time moved differently for John Cazale. Everything went slower. He wasn’t dim, not by a long shot. But he was meticulous, sometimes maddeningly so.” Pacino described having dinner with Cazale, “I mean, you’d be done — washed, finished and in bed –before he got halfway through his meal. Then the cigar would come out (Cuban of course). He’d look at it, light it, taste it. Then finally smoke it.”

In Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Central Park, 1976

At the 75th birthday party for the legendary
Lee Strasberg, the father of method acting in America and director of the Actors Studio

Meryl Streep in NYC’s Theater District,1978

Cazale introduced his best buddy Pacino to his new girlfriend whom he raved about. However, Pacino thought his friend was simply infatuated, “I didn’t go see (the play) but I met her with him and she seemed alright, a bit shy.”

According to film critic Bruce Fretts, Cazale “was the walking embodiment of the aphorism, ‘acting is reacting,’ providing the perfect counterbalance to his recurring co-stars, the more emotionally volatile Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.” Cazale was the perfect foil to his fellow actors and brought out the best in them

Cazale was also described as “shy and emotionally sensitive” by those who knew him well. Though he was famous, money was still tight. Cazale would take Meryl to dinner in Little Italy, where restaurant owners that were fans of The Godfather franchise wouldn’t dream of accepting payment from Fredo Corleone.

“They were great to look at, because they were kind of funny-looking, both of them,” said the playwright Israel Horovitz. “They were lovely in their way, but it was a really quirky couple. They were head-turners, but not because, ‘Wow, is she a beauty!’ ”

“The romance moved as fast as John moved slow.” Soon Meryl moved in to Cazale’s loft on Franklin Street, Tribeca. He promised to marry her as soon as he got his first big break. “They were the envy of the New York theater world,” writes Schulman. Both were naturally gifted actors with legendary director Joe Papp as their patron. All was well until one day in May 1977, Cazale, who was starring in Agamemnon, had been feeling ill enough to miss performances. Papp got him an emergency appointment with his own Upper East Side doctor. The doctor called in Meryl, Cazale, Joe and Gail Papp after the tests results came in. Cazale had terminal metastasized lung cancer. Gail Papp recalled, feeling “like you’ve been struck dead on the spot.”
“John fell silent. For a moment, so did Meryl. But she was never one to give up, and certainly not one to succumb to despair….She looked up and said, ‘So, where should we go to dinner?’”

John Cazale, Robert De Niro and John Savage in The Deer Hunter

John Cazale, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter

While Cazale had to immediately quit the play, Meryl, the consummate professional, who was starring in the musical Happy End showed no sign of anxiety or grief. The show must always go on. Cazale visited her at the theater still smoking his cigars. She didn’t nag or criticize him, but simply made her dressing room off-limits to smokers. The most subtle of hints!

Riding the subway

“She had a kind of tough love,” actor Christopher Lloyd said, “and didn’t let him malinger.” The two lovers tried to keep the severity of his condition between them. Even Cazale’s brother, Stephen, didn’t realize how sick his brother was until one day after the three of them had been lunching in Chinatown, Cazale spat up blood on the sidewalk. Al Pacino took him to radiation treatments and would sit patiently in the waiting room and Cazale would insist he’d get better.

The Gummers

Though mortally ill, Cazale took a role in Vietnam War drama The Deer Hunter, opposite Robert De Niro. Finding out about the extent of his illness, neither the filmmakers nor the production company, EMI, wanted to cast Cazale. It was risky bringing an actor on board who could die on them during filming, his insurance cost would be too high and the film would look dated with a dead star. “I was told that unless I got rid of John, (they) would shut down the picture,” director Michael Cimino said later. “It was awful. I spent hours on the phone, yelling and screaming and fighting.”

In the end, De Niro himself covered the cost of Cazale’s insurance, which the actor has never confirmed or denied. “He was sicker than we thought, but I wanted him to be in it,” De Niro later said.

Meryl also took a role in the film just to be close to her dying boyfriend, though she didn’t think highly of the role of the token “girl” in the movie. Her character was “essentially a man’s view of a woman. She’s extremely passive, she’s very quiet, she’s someone who’s constantly vulnerable,” Meryl said.

They filmed Cazale’s scenes first while he still had the strength and somehow with the actors and director rallying behind him, they managed to get through his part of the shoot. As the shoot wrapped up and the film went into post production, Meryl had no choice but to accept the lead role of a German woman married to a Jewish artist in Nazi era Germany in the nine-hour TV miniseries Holocaust to help pay Cazale’s mounting medical bills. All she really wanted to do was be by his side. But the filming was in Austria and Germany, and Cazale was too weak to leave NYC. Streep never complained, outwardly she was all “cheery professionalism,” but inwardly she quietly agonized. “The material was unrelentingly noble but grim,” she later said. They shot on location at an actual concentration camp, which she found even more disturbing and depressing. The shoot went over schedule and she spent 2½ months in Austria, longer than she’d been told. She felt like that each day they were separated was another day lost forever. “I was going crazy. John was sick, and I wanted to be with him.”

“She was very anxious to do her very last scene and then zip back out,” director Marvin Chomsky said. “I mean, I don’t even think we had a moment to say goodbye.”

When Meryl returned to New York, Cazale was even worse than she had expected. For the next five months, Meryl focused on taking care of Cazale and accompanying him to chemotherapy treatments, morphing from lover to nurse. “Meryl stayed by his side every single moment,” The Deer Hunter director Cimino said. “By her devotion to John, I knew she had great courage.”
During his final days, Meryl stood by his bedside in their Manhattan apartment constantly, performing comedic routines and reading from the newspaper putting on different accents. “She took care of him like there was nobody else on earth,” Joe Papp said of Streep’s commitment to Cazale. “She never betrayed him in his presence or out of his presence, never betrayed any notion that he would not survive. He knew he was dying, the way a dying man knows it. She gave him tremendous hope.” His cancer had spread to the bones, a very painful stage, and he was increasingly weak. She went with him to every doctor’s appointment, every radiation treatment and never betrayed a lack of hope. “She was always a strong-willed, persistent, hopeful person, and I think she just applied all her spirit and strength to taking care of him. She wasn’t one to create drama around it or draw attention to herself. She just bore down and did what needed to be done.” Everyone was astounded by the strength of character, devotion and fortitude such a young woman showed.

“I was so close that I didn’t really notice the deterioration,” Meryl later said that being alone with him helped her cope with what was to be the final parting.

Meryl wrote to her Yale drama teacher Bobby Lewis, of her true emotional state, “My beau is terribly ill and sometimes, as now, in the hospital, he has very wonderful care and I try not to stand around wringing my hands, but I am worried all the time and pretending to be cheery all the time, which is more exhausting mentally physically emotionally than any work I’ve ever done.”

In early March 1978, Cazale was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering. Meryl kept vigil at his bedside. “When I saw that girl there with him like that I thought, ‘There’s nothing like that,’” Al Pacino recalled. “As great as she is in all her work, that’s what I think of when I think of her.”

A few days later, one night, his doctor told her softly, “He’s gone.”

“Meryl wasn’t ready to hear it, much less believe it. What happened next, by some accounts, was the culmination of all the tenacious hope Meryl had kept alive for the past 10 months. She pounded on his chest, sobbing, and for a brief, alarming moment, John opened his eyes. ‘It’s all right, Meryl,’ he said weakly. ‘It’s all right.’ Then he closed his eyes and died. Streep’s first call was to Cazale’s brother, Stephen. She sobbed throughout. ‘I tried,’ she told him.”

Actor James Woods, who was in The Holocaust with Meryl, recounted “Cazale was lucky enough to have as the last vision of his life, Meryl’s lovely face.”

Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep is pictured during a photo session in New York in 1983. Standard rates do not apply : fees must be agreed before use. *** Local Caption *** 00/00/1983. Meryl Streep

John Cazale was buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in his hometown in Massachusetts. The Deer Hunter hadn’t even premiered yet, a film he had fought so hard to work in despite his prognosis.

Pacino sighed, “All I wanted to do was work with John for the rest of my life. He was my acting partner.”

The Boston Globe ran a story about his legend: “Why was Cazale so influential? In part, it was because of his commitment to the craft of acting.” Meryl was quoted saying he was “monomaniacal” where his craft was concerned and this “challenged his co-stars to take their own game up a notch.” Cazale appeared in archive footage in The Godfather Part III (1990), 12 years after his death. The Godfather Part III was also nominated for Best Picture, so every feature film in which he has starred in has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, quite a unique achievement. His image was also used posthumously in the Godfather video game. Broadway’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre was named after him and he was celebrated in the documentary film, I Knew It Was You, directed by Richard Shepard, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

After his death, a grieving Meryl went to stay with a friend in Canada not able to bear the apartment she had shared with him. When she returned, she had to vacate the apartment, so her brother arrived to help her move with his friend sculptor Don Gummer, also a Yale alumni, who gallantly offered his own Soho apartment to stay in while he was travelling. They started corresponding through letters and she realized he wanted to be more than her friend. “Meryl was shattered by John Cazale’s death and I did what I could to help and pretty quickly I realised I was falling in love with her,” Gummer confessed later.

1978 was an eventful year for her career wise as well. Despite not liking her role, the subsequent success of The Deer Hunter not only exposed Streep to a wider audience but also earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance in Holocaust, which 109 million viewers had watched, bringing her greater visibility.

Despite the awards success, she was still not enthusiastic towards her film career and preferred theatre. Hoping to divert herself from the grief of Cazale’s death, she wanted to keep busy. She performed the role of Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park, bringing greater insight and a different interpretation to the role. She argued that Kate was not an independent woman broken by a man but one who learns the deep satisfaction of giving herself over to love. “What I’m saying is, ‘I’ll do anything for this man. Look, would there be any hang-up if this were a mother talking about her son? Service is the only thing that’s important about love. Everybody is worried about ‘losing yourself’ — all this narcissism. Duty. We can’t stand that idea now either….But duty might be a suit of armor you put on to fight for your love,” she told a reporter.
Just six months after Cazale’s death, Don and Meryl were married in the garden of her parents’ home in September 1978. Her friends, family and even her mother were concerned that the relationship was of a rebound nature coming so soon after Cazale’s death. But Meryl was adamant saying, “I haven’t got over John’s death, but I’ve got to go on living and Don has showed me how to do that.” Her instincts were spot on.

Streep was cast in her breakout role Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) at the same time. “Imagine losing the love of your life, then finding your husband and starring in your first big movie role all at the same time. It’s just crazy,” writes Schulman.

“The death is still very much with me. It has forced me to confront my own mortality, and once you do that, you look at things differently,” Meryl said. And she had become profoundly different as global audiences were about to find out.

At the audition, the film’s male lead Dustin Hoffman said he realized that Meryl Streep was perfect for the role of Joanna because he knew she had lost John Cazale only months earlier, and clearly she was still shaken to the core. Here was an actress who could draw on a fresh pain, who was herself in the thick of emotional turmoil. It was Meryl’s weakness not her strength that convinced him.

The film’s director Robert Benton recalled, “She said a few things, not much. And she just listened. She was polite and nice, but it was—she was just barely there. There was a fragile quality she had that made us think that this was Joanna, without making her neurotic. Meryl’s Joanna wasn’t neurotic, but she was vulnerable, frail.”

Streep, however, has a totally different version of events, and told Ms. magazine that she impressed the directors by telling them exactly how to fix the script. Joanna is an unhappily married woman who abandons her husband and child. Meryl thought that the script portrayed the female character as “too evil” and insisted that it was not a true representation of the real women who faced marriage breakdowns and child custody battles. She did extensive research for the role by observing mothers and children interact in the Upper East Side parks since she hadn’t had any children of her own by then. The filmmakers agreed to the script revisions suggested by her and Benton even allowed her to pen her own dialogue in two key scenes, despite Hoffman’s reported objections.

Filming with Hoffman, himself in the midst of separating from his first wife Anne Byrne—a case of life imitating art—posed a challenge for Meryl due to his intense method acting techniques. Schulman elaborates: “On the second day, they continued shooting the opening scene, when Ted follows the hysterical Joanna into the hallway. They shot the bulk of it in the morning and, after lunch, set up for some reaction shots. Dustin and Meryl took their positions on the other side of the apartment door. Then something happened that shocked not just Meryl but everyone on set. Right before their entrance, Dustin slapped her hard across the cheek, leaving a red mark. Always a professional, Streep continued on with the scene without making a commotion, but Hoffman wasn’t done. In a later scene where Joanna tells Ted she’s leaving him, Hoffman took to extreme measures to get the emotion he wanted from Streep. Improvising his lines, Dustin delivered a slap of a different sort: outside the elevator, he started taunting Meryl about John Cazale, jabbing her with remarks about his cancer and his death. ‘He was goading her and provoking her,’ producer Richard Fischoff recalled, ‘using stuff that he knew about her personal life and about John to get the response that he thought she should be giving in the performance.’ Hoffman brought up Cazale’s death again in a courtroom scene and made Streep’s eyes tear up when he whispered her late boyfriend’s name in her ear.”

Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

Mery Streep & Dustin Hoffman both won Oscars for Kramer vs. Kramer




19 Mar 1980, London, England, UK — American film actor Dustin Hoffman shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal premiere of Kramer Versus Kramer, London, 1980. Hoffman won an Academy Award for his performance. (l to r) Dustin Hoffman, American co-stars Meryl Streep and Justin Henry, Norwegian actress Liv Ullman and British actor and comedian Peter Sellers. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

The stars meet Queen Elizabeth II in a special royal screening of the film in London in 1980

By the time shooting wrapped up, Hoffman admitted, “She’s extraordinarily hardworking, to the extent that she’s obsessive. I think that she thinks about nothing else but what she’s doing.” But the lead pair’s relationship had become so tense and strained during filming that producers feared the movie would be a disaster. As it turns out it was a resounding success, raking in more than $106 million at the box office, even beating out Star Trek. Film critic Stephen Farber raved that Joanna displayed Meryl’s “own emotional intensity” and that she was one of the “rare performers who can imbue the most routine moments with a hint of mystery.” Kramer vs. Kramer got nine Academy Award nominations and won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Hoffman and Best Supporting Actress for Streep, which she famously left in the ladies room after giving her speech. A star was born, but at quite a personal cost.

With Jeremy Irons in The French Lieutenant’s Woman

In Sophie’s Choice

Accepting her second Oscar for Sophie’s Choice in 1983

With Robert Redford in Out of Africa

In the next decade, Meryl Streep’s career went from strength to strength. She was featured on the cover of Newsweek with the headline “A Star for the 80s.” In the story within a story drama of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) in which she is paired with English actor Jeremy Irons, she puts on a cut glass English accent. She was awarded a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her effort. In Sophie’s Choice (1982), she portrays a Polish Jew at a death camp faced with the unimaginable dilemma of choosing which of her two children lives, only to ultimately lose both. William Styron had written the novel with Ursula Andress in mind for the role of Sophie, but Meryl was determined to play the part. She filmed the harrowing “choice” scene when her character is ordered by an SS guard at Auschwitz to choose which one of her two children would be gassed and which would proceed to the labor camp in one take and refused to do it again, finding it extremely painful and emotionally exhausting. Emma Brockes wrote in The Guardian, “It’s classic Streep, the kind of scene that makes your scalp tighten, but defter in a way is her handling of smaller, harder-to-grasp emotions.” Doubtlessly, she knew how to make hard choices and the feeling of helplessness and acute loss. She won her second Oscar for this tragedy. This was voted the third greatest movie performance of all time by Premiere magazine.

With Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County

Roger Ebert critiqued, “There is hardly an emotion that Streep doesn’t touch in this movie, and yet we’re never aware of her straining. This is one of the most astonishing and yet one of the most unaffected and natural performances I can imagine.”
Meryl’s next big release was yet another tragedy, Out of Africa (1985). In the film, she stars as the Danish writer Karen Blixen opposite Robert Redford’s Denys Finch Hatton. Director Sydney Pollack was initially dubious thinking she wasn’t sexy enough, and had wanted the much prettier but banal Jane Seymour to play the part. Pollack said Meryl impressed him not with her beauty but with her strength of character and forthrightness: “She was so direct, so honest, so without bullshit. There was no shielding between her and me.” The two reportedly often clashed during the 101-day shoot in Kenya. Meryl had spent much time listening to tapes of Blixen and began speaking in an old-fashioned and aristocratic fashion, which Pollack thought was too affected. However, she was right yet again. The film was not only a box office winner but won the Oscar for the Best Picture as well.

Her third Oscar win for The Iron Lady in 2012

In her acceptance speech when she won her third Oscar for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Meryl honoured her husband, “First I’m going to thank Don…And I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me”

Critic Stanley Kaufmann wrote, “Meryl Streep’s performance in Out of Africa is at the highest level of acting in film today.” The scene where she had to calmly and in a dignified manner meet a line of servants in the intense African heat was filmed in one long take. After giving her take, to everyone’s surprise she tore off her dress to reveal an enormous insect that had been crawling around inside, such was her dedication, commitment and focus. Her salary went up to $4 million per film after Out of Africa’s critical and commercial success.

Actress Meryl Streep uses her iPhone to get a photo of her and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton following the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

With Hillary Clinton, a personal friend

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Her next most successful film was the romance The Bridges of Madison County (1995) directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, who adapted the film from Robert James Waller’s novel. It tells the story of a photographer working for the National Geographic, who has a love affair with a middle-aged Italian farm wife in Iowa. Her strong yet subtle performance was “crucial to transforming what could have been a weak soap opera into a vibrant work of historical fiction implicitly critiquing postwar America’s stifling culture of domesticity,” according to author Karina Longworth. She considers it to have been the role in which Streep became “arguably the first middle-aged actress to be taken seriously by Hollywood as a romantic heroine.” The reason the film touched a chord in middle aged women everywhere is because her character sacrifices her happiness ultimately, but allows herself the luxury of just a single night. You see her tussling with herself over this and you really empathise with her character and the bravery and stoicism she shows. Again, she had delved in her repertoire of personal feelings.

Streep has taken to playing countlesscomedic and a few musical roles in her later career. Perhaps this is due to the fact that she is so happy and secure in her personal life. Despite her “high level of stardom” for decades, Longworth reiterates that Meryl has managed to maintain a relatively normal and stable personal life, being married for nearly 40 years now.
Don has made a name for himself in art circles and they have four creative children: musician Henry (born 1979), actresses Mamie (born 1983) and Grace (born 1986), and model Louisa (born 1991). Their family home is in Connecticut where their vast property even has a 47 acre lake. However, they try to maintain a down to earth manner.

In every role she plays, Meryl Streep honours John Cazale’s memory by emulating his ability to inhabit a role and letting the pain of her loss elevate her performances. She admitted how Cazale’s death profoundly transformed her and will remain a part of her, “I didn’t get over it. I don’t want to get over it. No matter what you do, the pain is always there in some recess of your mind, and it affects everything that happens afterwards. I think you can assimilate the pain and go on without making an obsession of it.”

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes, Meryl honoured her recently deceased friend the Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher in her acceptance speech by echoing her words, ‘’Take Your Broken Heart, Make It Into Art’’ just as she has done herself.

By Mira Sethi

I try not to write or debate or pitch in about my father on public forums because he’s a public figure and what I feel for and about him — affection, love, pride, amusement/bemusement — may not be what others feel (certainly in that order).

Today I am emotional. I am sitting in Qaddafi stadium with goosebumps on my arms.

I’m not a huge cricket watcher. I watch T20s because they’re short and fun. I also really like Misbah. He’s a graceful man.

I am emotional today because the energy in the stadium is electric. Everyone is smiling. A girl of 6 waved at me from her stand above: “Mira baji!” A huge grin on her face. Her mother beside her, waving, smiling, laughing, actually.

25,000 Pakistanis — young and old and men and women and excitement-addled children — are here. Some of the kids are too young to know or be obsessed with cricket. But they’re smiling because their parents are smiling: Something Good Is Happening. They want to be a part of it.

A week ago I went up to Abu’s study at 1 am. He was stressed out. Some foreign players had refused to play in Lahore. The franchise owners had concerns. Pakistanis were worried. Abu was pacing in his nightsuit, a creme-coloured khaddar shalwar kameez he has worn since I was a child.

I hugged him and told him that, actually, I was worried too. And I was. It was a perfectly legitimate concern. There was a lot to take care of.

And today, here I am, sitting in Qaddafi stadium, the crowds roaring, doing “waves,” countdowns, chants, engaged in selfie-itus that would give our actresses a run for their money.

I went up to Abu and squeezed his hand. “You’re wearing a woolen suit,” I said. “It’s too hot for this type of suit.”

“I don’t feel hot at all,” he laughed.

I knew exactly what he meant: his mind and heart had expanded with joy. Heat? What heat? His mind was somewhere else.

The stadium is lit up. Pakistan is lit up. May this flicker grow into a steady ray that arcs over this land.

I love you, Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad. #PSL #Pakistan

Who? Selina Rashid Khan

Why? She has expertly mixed an M&S blouse with Isabel Marant shoes, Paul Smith clutch and a leather necklace from “a small hop in Italy,” pulling it all together. Real style is inherent and can’t be bought

Who? Anushe Shahid

Why? The combination of fuschia lipstick, bow top, ripped jeans and silver sandals looks different on the red carpet and immediately caught our eye

Who? Ayesha Jatoi

Why? Another yellow and black bumble bee combination that works. The braided hairstyle suits her youth

Who? Shafaq

Why? The blush pink and black is another colour combination that looks fresh and now! She looks super confident in her high end accessories

Who? Nael Ahmed

Why? His navy suit with white t-shirt looks cool, while the loafers and watch are appropriately discreet

Who? Rabia

WHY? You know summer is near, when white starts coming out of the closet. The scarf really livens up her outfit and adds a pop of colour

Mahlia S. Lone

Mahlia S. Lone

This past fortnight was quite a happening one. Lahore hosted the Pakistan Super League final, Karachi put on the Pakistan Fashion Week and internationally there were the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. In case you missed any of these fun and glamorous high profile events, we have you covered. Mira Sethi’s impassioned personal take on the PSL combined with an exclusive behind the scenes look, all the best fashion on the runway, red carpet and events from PFW as well as the most eye-catching Oscar jewels and party wear from the exclusive Vanity Fair after-party are in this issue.

To satisfy your nostalgia craving, we look back at “drama queen” Meryl Streep’s tragic and short lived romance with John Cazale, who famously played Fredo Corleone in The Godfather trilogy. While researching this story, I understood how her personal life made her the exceptional, three times Oscar winning actress that she is. Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it.

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