We’re counting down the 40 days to NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Muse Awards with a look at some of our favorite honorees, all women of vision and achievement who have contributed to the film and television industry. Join us as we look back at #Muse40for40, and buy your tickets for the Muse Awards on Tuesday, December 10th at nywift.org/muse!
#4: Maggie Gyllenhaal
By Tricia Nolan
Oscar-nominated and Brooklyn-based mother, activist, actress and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal has spent much of her career making independent films, and has accrued a body of work that is both bold and complex. From her breakout sadomasochistic role in The Secretary, to her boundary-pushing, compelling performance in The Kindergarten Teacher, Gyllenhaal has not followed the blockbuster path, opting for films that challenge the way we think.
Gyllenhaal has been a prominent figure in the #TimesUp movement against sexual harrasment and gender inequality. This NYC-born daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwrtier Naomi Foner, plans to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter.
“The biggest thing I have learned is that the entire spectrum of feeling is required to actually be alive. Pain, despair, anxiety, terror, along with deep pleasure, curiosity… all of it is part of being alive. If you push out the unpleasant side, you don’t get to be alive.”
(photo used from 2018 Designing Women)
#Muse40for40: Meryl Streep (1983)
For our final #Muse40for40 installment we had to of course give a shout out to the indomitable Meryl Streep. Meryl was honored in 1983, and the photo of her cheeky over-the-shoulder smile as she modeled a NYWIFT jacket has become an indelible image for our organization.READ MORE
#Muse40for40: Susan Sarandon (1990)
For an actress who said “my life has been filled with happy accidents,” it’s not surprising that Susan Sarandon got her start in the business in a serendipitous way, when she accompanied her then husband to an audition shortly after college.READ MORE
#Muse40for40: Cicely Tyson (1999)
Born in Harlem in 1924, Academy Award winner, Golden Globe nominee, and three-time Emmy winner Cicely Tyson was first discovered by a fashion photographer working for Ebony Magazine, and began her career as a fashion model.READ MORE
#Muse40for40: Penny Marshall (1994)
Bronx-born Penny Marshall, best known for playing Laverne DeFazio on ABC's Laverne & Shirley, smashed Hollywood's glass ceiling with her sophmoric directorial effort Big ('88) starring Tom Hanks.READ MORE
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