August 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm #255258
Meryl Streep is considered by most to be our greatest living film actress.
But who’s our greatest living TV actress?
Please lend your thoughts and brief explanations in this thread. I need your opinions!August 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm #255260
Edie FalcoAugust 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm #255261
I don’t think that any of them are in the same level as Streep. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I really feel that Meryl is overrated, but this time I don’t think that we can find a person on TV who would be as iconic and as great as Mery Streep herself in the film industry.
People will write Amy Poehler’s name, but that’s just as silly as their fanaticism. She is good in Parks & Recreation and had some good moments in Satuday Night Live but that’s it…
If I have to say a name I’ll say Betty White, because she had several roles on TV and she’s a legendary funny actress, but once again, she’s not Meryl Streep either.August 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm #255262
In terms of regard within the industry Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes to mind, especially if she wins for Veep.August 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm #255263
Mary Louise Parker.August 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm #255264
Parker’s in the top echelon of TV actresses, but I wouldn’t put her as the best outright. If her next project post-Weeds gets her back on the Emmy radar, then you could have a case, especially if she were able to win for it.August 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm #255265
In terms of body of work, legacy and reputation, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman and Tyne Daly could qualify.
Helen Mirren does film, television and theater. She isn’t primarily known as a tv actress, but her work in “Prime Suspect” is enough to make her a legitimate contender for the title.August 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm #255266
For me I feel it has to be someone who is primarily considered a TV actress. Helen Mirren is considered a film actress first and foremost even if she has done notable TV work, whereas someone like Mary Tyler Moore is considered a TV actress first and foremost even though she is an Oscar nominee.August 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm #255267
but in the comedy side I think is Julia Louis-Dreyfus.August 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm #255268
Mary Louise Parker.
In terms of talent and consistency I would agree. MLP is the greatest living actress throughout all mediums IMO.
Yes, I like her more than Streep.August 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm #255269
Mary Louise Parker? Edie Falco? Really??? C’mon!
I don’t think any TV actor is at the same level as Meryl Streep (although I wouldn’t necessarily blame the actor…) However, Betty White and Cloris Leachmen are the two that come the closest. They both have among the most Emmy wins/nominations, and they’re still working and getting nominated to this day. And, for the most part, they’re extremely well respected. And they’ve been a part of a multitude of different TV projects and have gotten nominations for lots of them.
I wouldn’t say Mary Tyler Moore just because she’s faded away and isn’t in the spotlight nowadays as much as the other two.
Julia Louise Dreyfuss, and Alfre Woodard could also be contenders. If Tina Fey has a third successful TV project after 30 Rock then I’d put her up there also.August 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm #255270
My top two favorites would be Edie Falco and Glenn Close. I also love JLD & MLP, but can’t really rank them as high.August 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm #255271
Edie Falco has to be in the conversation. Being the only woman to win the Lead Actress awards for Drama and Comedy is an extremely impressive feat, say what you will about Nurse Jackie.
In spite of Damages, Glenn Close is mainly known as a film actress to the general public, so I rule her out.August 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm #255272
Hugh Laurie once said in a SAG award acceptance speech something about how it really isn’t a matter of doing good work but being given the opportunity to do good work and I feel as though Streep has been given more opportunities than anyone else. And that isn’t to say she doesn’t deserve them but it makes the question a lot harder to answer.
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