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Michael Schulman

New Yorker Writer, Meryl Streep Biographer, and Oscarologist


  • How Meryl Streep Became the Greatest Living Actress
  • What the Oscars Can Teach You About Public Speaking
  • The Theater Season Ahead
  • Revisiting Kramer vs. Kramer


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Michael Schulman has been a contributor at the New Yorker since 2006. He is the theatre editor of “Goings On About Town” and has written more than 75 “Talk of the Town” pieces on subjects like Pee-Wee Herman, Carrie Fisher, Pedro Almodóvar, Emma Thompson, and the inventor of the everything bagel. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Believer, and other publications. He is the co-creator of the annual live series “You Like Me: An Evening of Classic Acceptance Speeches.”

Schulman’s debut book, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep (Harper), was published in April 2016 and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. It is the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep—the “Iron Lady” of acting, winner of three Academy Awards—that explores her beginnings as a young woman in the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent. Through extensive interviews with the people who knew her best during this period of her life, we trace young Streep’s beginnings as a small-town cheerleader to her heady rise on the New York stage through her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer.

Schulman has given many presentations about Meryl Streep’s path to fame and regularly hosts film screenings of Kramer vs. Kramer, for which Streep won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1980. An expert on the Academy Awards, Schulman has also spoken on “What the Oscars Can Teach You About Public Speaking” for the New York Speechwriters Roundtable, a professional networking group in New York. He has moderated several panels and interviews for the New Yorker Festival and appeared in a panel discussion on “The Theater Season Ahead” at the venerable Century Association. He is available for corporate retreats, conferences, retirement homes, libraries, and any fans of theatre, film, or the great Meryl Streep.

Schulman lives in New York City.

Praise for Her Again:

“[A] rollicking history of Streep’s early years...a love letter to a great actress and a behind-the-scenes study of iconic movies like Kramer vs. Kramer.”
People (book of the week)

“[A]n admiring but frank Hollywood origin story. Following Streep in her long journey from New Jersey cheerleader to Oscar winner (her first for the 1979 film Kramer vs Kramer), this is above all a tribute to smart, steadfast professional judgment.”
Financial Times (A Summer Pick of 2016)

“Schulman provides such vivid examples of the relentless sexism [Streep] faced…[He] also paints a vivid picture of Manhattan in the 70s when the streets were filled with garbage and the stars were DeNiro, Hoffman and Redford.”
Christian Science Monitor

“An insightful portrait…appreciative readers will undoubtedly hope that a follow-up volume is in the works.”
Publishers Weekly

“Drawing on theater memoirs, conversations with Streep’s colleagues and friends, and heaps of interviews that Streep has given over the years, Schulman has fashioned a lively narrative….Schulman’s sensitive handling of Streep’s personal life rounds out the portrait of a superbly talented woman. A brisk, gossipy, and entertaining biography.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Michael Schulman shares delightfully entertaining stories surrounding Meryl Streep’s early rise to stardom in Her Again. . . . It’s an enchanting look into the intricate details of how a young girl from New Jersey became a force in the entertainment industry.’” — Associated Press

“Schulman’s balanced portrait of Streep’s unwavering dedication and demanding work ethic makes this a must-read for fans and aspiring actors.”

“Talent attracts talent, and in Michael Schulman, Meryl Streep has gotten the biographer she deserves—canny, fluent, a pleasure to read, and perfectly suited to capturing America’s greatest screen actress on the cusp of her brilliant career.” — Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Her Again is not only a captivating biography but a look at the alchemy of great acting. Through comprehensive research and contagious enthusiasm, Michael Schulman celebrates Streep’s artistry while humanizing an icon.”
— Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie

Her Again is a beautifully observed, deeply affectionate portrait of an astonishing actress on the cusp of everything. It captures not merely Streep’s beginnings, but an era. A delightful, respectful, and essential book for anyone interested in Meryl, Hollywood, theater, or just being ridiculously, passionately young.”
— Paul Rudnick, author of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

“A thoughtful and insightful chronicle of the early life and career of remarkable Meryl.”
— Jane Alexander, actress and author of Command Performance