This Is the Crazy Story Behind the Time Meryl Streep and Cher Teamed up to Stop a Mugging

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We all knew that Meryl Streep is an amazing actress, performer, and person in general, but we didn’t know that she has experience fighting crime. Meryl told a story yesterday about her and Cher of all people (name a more iconic duo, we’ll wait) rescued a woman from a mugging.

She and Cher will be working on the upcoming Mama Mia! Here We Go Again movie which comes out in Summer of 2018. The first film Cher and Meryl worked together on was Silkwood in 1983.

It’s been 35 years since the women have acted together and seven years since Cher has been in a film. She was last in Burlesque (which was amazing, by the way) in 2010.

When the Daily Mail published an article saying that Cher would be singing in the second Mamma Mia movie, an anxious fan mentioned Cher in a Tweet and said, “ excuse me you wonderful human, could you pls tell us something about this before I get too excited????”  

Twitter user @honeyglohuman asked, “IS THAT A DREAM COME TRUE FOR YOU ? WORKING WITH STREEP AGAIN ? COULD THIS BE BIG AS MOON STRUCK ?? ARE YOU EXCITED ???” Lo and behold, Cher actually replied to this excited fan and said, “Yes?Very much so?”

One of her famous quotes is, “Mother told me a couple of years ago, ‘Sweetheart, settle down and marry a rich man.’ I said, ‘Mom, I am a rich man.” Meryl shared an amazing story of her and Cher literally fighting a man for attacking a woman yesterday…

Meryl said, “I just went completely nuts and went after this man… Ask Cher — she was there. And the thug ran away, it was a miracle.” She told this story during a speech she gave last night at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual international press freedom awards.

Meryl said, “I do know something about real terror… I played dead and waited until the blows stopped — watching, like people say you do — from about 50 feet above from where I was beaten.”

She also commented on how so many women have experienced trauma like hers in their lives. She said, “The two times in my life when I was threatened and dealt with real physical violence, I learned something about life that I wouldn’t have known otherwise and I was lucky because my instincts served me well…But I was changed by these events on a cellular level because women do know something particular about coming to the danger place. We come to it disadvantaged through the many millennia preceding our present moment and because of our vulnerability, we anticipate danger — we expect it. We’re hyper alert to it. This comes in very handy in investigative journalism, but also in acting.”

“Thank you, you intrepid, underpaid, over-extended, trolled, and un-extolled, young and old, battered and bold, bought and sold, hyper-alert crack-caffeine fiends…”

“You’re persevering, cool, objective, indefatigable, chronically fatigued, pharmaceutically soothed, chocolate-comforted Twitter clickers. You are the enemy of the people…Just the bad people…And I, on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you.” Thank you, Meryl, for being you.