November 24th, 2011
03:04 PM ET
According to the New York Post, Meryl Streep may have chopped her "Iron Lady" paycheck to $1 million, donating the rest to the National Women's History Museum.
Though the film isn’t out yet, Streep and her Margaret Thatcher biopic are already being bashed by friends and colleagues of the former Prime Minister. “Its only value is to make some money for Meryl Streep and whoever wrote it,” former Thatcher PR adviser Tim Bell told U.K. paper The Telegraph.
But Streep’s reported donation would suggest otherwise. Sources say the actress, 62, accepted less than her usual rate to make the film, and according to the Washington Post, she pledged $1 million to fund the National Women’s History Museum last fall.
"There's no women's history museum in Washington!" the actress remarked at the proposed project’s September 2010 gala. The actress is the NWHM’s National Spokesperson.
The planned museum is being privately funded, and the group plans to build a permanent site adjacent to Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
“The Iron Lady” will be released in select cities on December 30.
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