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Those might soon come in theater, which is where, raw and unmediated, her talent really reaches out and slaps you. Why hasn't she done more onstage? Because of her children. "Believe me, these kids would love nothing more than for me to be gone every night and all weekend. It would be their dream come true! Not going to happen." So she does theater only in summer. Her three older kids with husband sculptor Donald Gummer, however, are in their 20s and already making their own forays into show biz. Son Henry will appear in Lying with Chloe Sevigny, and daughter Mamie is in a film with Richard Gere. Once Louisa, now 14, is in college, Streep can take to the stage with a vengeance. Four kids, a long marriage, great beauty, bushels of awards and some of the best movie performances ever. This brings us to the final myth.
7 SHE CAN DO ANYTHING Actually, that one's probably true.