Meryl Streep - Meryl Streep Donates To Charity On Behalf Of Oscar-rival Viola Davis
Meryl Streep has been in good spirits this week - well you would be if you'd won an Oscar - and she clearly wants to spread that good will, with the news coming in that she's donated a tidy sum of $20,000 to various charities. There was more to it than that though, as it turns out the winner of the Best Actress award was paying tribute to her rival for the gong, Viola Davis, donating to several charities that her fellow actress had also put her name to. Or maybe she was competing again? No, we're sure she wasn't.
Reuters reports that Streep wrote a cheque of $10,000 to Upward Bound to honor Davis. According to a spokesperson for the charity, it was the largest donation that anyone's given to the organization. Upward Bound is a federally funded program in the US that provides college preparatory classes and educational grants to high school students from low-income areas, Davis and her sister Dolores both attended the program in the past.
Streep won the Best Actress Award for her role as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; she had stiff competition in Davis however, who had earned rave reviews and plaudits for her performance in 'The Help.'