Tony nominee and three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will return to her PBS roots to narrate the second installment of the documentary series Pioneers of Thirteen on New York’s public television station. The episode, entitled The ‘70s—Bold and Fearless, will air on January 31 and focus on the flagship PBS station’s second decade of broadcasting. The program will include video clips from Broadway vets including Elaine Stritch, Frank Langella, Blythe Danner (currently appearing in Nice Work If You Can Get It), James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Sigourney Weaver, Morgan Freeman and more.
Video clips included in The ‘70s—Bold and Fearless will feature Streep in Uncommon Women and Others, Stritch performing “Ladies Who Lunch” from Company, Danner and Langella’s performance of Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Jones in King Lear, Weaver and Edward Herrmann in O Youth and Beauty, Jackson in The Trial of the Moke and Freeman starring alongside Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno in The Electric Company.
Streep made her Broadway debut in Trelawny of the Wells. Her additional Broadway credits include A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Secret Service, The Cherry Orchard and Happy End. In 1978, Streep starred as Leilah in the made-for-TV broadcast of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others alongside Swoosie Kurtz, Jill Eikenberry and Ellen Parker. Her many film roles include The Hours, Doubt, Adaptation and The Devil Wears Prada. She is set to star in the forthcoming film adaptation of August: Osage County.