AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep2004

Tracey Ullman:
I think one of our most memorable and poignant moments together was at the end of filming Plenty. And we were on our way home from Tunisia on a crowded flight, sipping champagne and we were laughing at somebody that you and I know who we were laughing at. We're not mentioning any names here! Ooooh. There's always one actor you hate on a production. Ooh, I hate him! I hate him! I hate him! We're not saying who it was, ever. And, um, we were bitching about him, and so you guess what happens? An engine blew on the plane, and the other one cut out. And we began to descend, and the lights went off, and a young air stewardess started crying, which is never a good sign! And after the initial screams, we were both very pale and we held hands, and we became reflective. And you said, "Oh damn, that woman who's writing that horrible unauthorized biography on me will have a terrific ending, peanut." And I thought, Oh God, I'm definitely gonna get second billing here, Trace. You know, I could see the headlines: "SCREEN LEGEND STREEP IN TUNISIAN AIR DISASTER. Also aboard, limey comedienne Stacey Pullman." And we made an emergency landing in Nice, France, where the charming French ground staff, not surprisingly, treated us like crap. [pointing at Meryl Streep] Even you! Even you, and you so rarely get treated like crap, then or now. [French accent] "I don't care. She said to you, do you remember zees bitch from Air France? I don't care. I don't care. You must have your original boarding pass, Madame." [wags her finger, smacks her lips, and poofs] So, anyway, you are a cut above the rest, Meryl. You are the cream of the crop. And all these tribute lifetime achievement humanitarian in show business millennium thespian of the millennium awards. They're happening now, and it is puzzling to me because you're only in your early 50s. A wonderful time for most actresses. [rolls her eyes and snorts] YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE WORKING! ALL THE REST OF US HAVE TO SHOW OUR TITS! [holds her dress open slightly] Please give me a job, please! It's come to that. I love you, and it's lovely to be here tonight. [blows kisses to Meryl Streep]

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