By Jim Morris
Jan 08, 2013
The acting goddess and Academy Award-winning champ can chameleon into any role, except for going au naturale. In “Death Becomes Her,” she used a body double: the now famous Catherine Bell from “JAG” and “Army Wives.”
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In an example of how wrong information gets carelessly repeated on the Internet, Catherine Bell was NOT Streep's body double in Death Becomes Her; she doubled Isabella Rossellini in the scene where she gets out of the swimming pool. This struck me as odd because Rossellini had done full-frontal nudity in Blue Velvet, but apparently she had surgery to correct scoliosis and has scars on her back which really wouldn't have worked for the role.
Actually, Meryl Streep flashed her boob in "Silkwood." And Willem Dafoe was nude in "The Last Temptation of Christ."