Meryl Streep (1976–1978; until his death) John Holland Cazale ( / k ə ˈ z eɪ l / , Italian: [kadˈdzaːle] ) (August 12, 1935 – March 13, 1978) was an American actor. Unfortunately, the actor died from bone marrow cancer in March 1978, just about two years after they began their relationship. “I have not worked, thank God, since October, or I don’t know how I would have survived.”. At the same time, Cazale’s cancer had spread to his bones and made him even weaker. “Teamwork is everything,” she said. But Streep always had the difficult task of balancing her personal and professional lives, especially once she had children. She wrote to him saying, “My beau is terribly ill and sometimes, as now, in the hospital,” Streep wrote. Back in 1976, you see, she began dating The Godfather actor John Cazale after he was cast as her co-star in a production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. In January 2018 she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and was challenged to do just that. And in the same interview, she also spoke about Gummer, describing him as “a great husband [whom] I found many years ago, and I am lucky in that way.”. “He has very wonderful care, and I try not to stand around wringing my hands, but I am worried all the time and pretending to be cheery all the time, which is more exhausting mentally, physically, emotionally than any work I’ve ever done,” read Streep’s letter. And Streep’s determination in continuing with her career and finding love again following such a tragedy is also truly inspirational. You see, in May 1977 the actor went to a doctor after a period of illness and was dealt some devastating news. Michael Schulman, the author of Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, described Cazale as a perfectionist. Then later, method actor Hoffman reportedly did something even crueler. Rajon Rondo Is a Doting Dad of 2 Mini-Me Kids — inside the NBA Champion's Life and Career. And after the success of The Deer Hunter and Holocaust, she was much in demand. On legendary director Joe Papp's recommendation, Cazale and Streep booked an appointment with Papp's doctor. Cazale, like Streep, was thriving as an actor in the world of New York theatre. After these films, he was in great demand amongst the directors of that era, reported New York Post. And no matter how many Oscars she wins, Streep always sings the praises of her husband, Don Gummer – the father of her children. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Streep was finding her place in the New York theater scene in 1975. Carreira Anos 1970. Schulman continued, "She pounded on his chest, sobbing, and for a brief, alarming moment, John opened his eyes. In any case, tributes poured in after news of Cazale’s death broke. The award-winning actress was in a relationship with “The Godfather” actor John Cazale, a two-year romantic affair discussed in the biography, “Her Again.”, “He wasn’t like anybody I’d ever met,” Streep was quoted as saying in the book. Enjoy it!’ You just can’t change who you are.”. Cazale and Streep were the stars and an unusual couple. Before her husband of four decades arrived in her life, Meryl Streep was deeply in love with another man. She performed in school plays, too, although it wasn’t until college and a role in the play Miss Julie that she really caught the acting bug. A few years earlier, Cazale rose to fame for his role as Fredo Corleone in the films, “The Godfather” (1972) and “The Godfather: Part II” (1974). “First I’m going to thank [him], because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music,” the actress said. He continued, "Everything went slower. It sounds like a scene from one of the star’s movies, but according to Schulman, it really did take place. “He will make fast friends in his new place – he is easy to love.”. The actress’ friends reckoned that she was just rebounding, and her mother was so disapproving that her and Streep’s relationship reportedly became difficult for a time. Meryl Streep is, of course, one of the world’s most celebrated actresses. I spent hours on the phone, yelling and screaming and fighting," according to the New York Post. These include – among others – The Deer Hunter, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Devil Wears Prada and The Post. For a moment, so did Meryl." It’s alleged that, in an attempt to incite Streep to act at her most angry, he began using Cazale’s death as a way of getting to her. “Meryl stayed by his side every single moment,” Cimino reminisced to People magazine in 1995. But before all that, she suffered a heartbreaking tragedy – one that she’s carried with her all her life. The Boston, Massachusetts native also appeared in “The Conversation” (1974), “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975), and “The Deer Hunter” (1978). And according to Streep, Robert De Niro, the movie’s star, paid for her boyfriend’s insurance costs. Mamie and Grace Gummer are both actresses as well. Eventually, Cazale was sent to the Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital, and Streep went with him. I thought I wanted to be a translator at the U.N. and help people understand each other,” Streep told The Guardian in 2017. Nevertheless, it seems that Streep pulled through the alleged unpleasant experience. “I always think about my family life in relation to my career – it has mitigated how I chose scripts,” she told the Independent in 2009.