Meryl Streep Remembers Irish Activist and Union Leader Inez McCormack

Inez McCormack, the late Irish activist, and Meryl Streep.
Inez McCormack, the late Irish activist, and Meryl Streep.

April 5, 2013

Streep paid tribute to McCormack at Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s 2013 Women in the World summit.

A tall woman and a towering figure” were the words Meryl Streep used to describe her friend Inez McCormack, the civil rights and labor activist from Northern Ireland who passed away just over 10 weeks ago at 69 from cancer.

The legendary actor spoke about McCormack’s life’s work and enduring legacy, adopting McCormack’s distinctive voice as she read lines from the play Seven, which debuted at the 2010 Women in the World summit, and in which Streep portrayed McCormack for the first time.

McCormack’s husband of 44 years, Vinnie, was in the audience, as were inspirational women, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Newsweek & The Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown, US Ambassador the UN Susan Rice, designer Diane von Furstenburg, Angelina Jolie, and leaders and activists from around the world.

Watch a clip of Meryl Streep’s tribute to Inez McCormack:

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