It’s no lie: Meryl Streep has a TV past

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Q: It’s good to see Meryl Streep in the new sea­son of “Big Lit­tle Lies.” Has she done tele­vi­sion be­fore? – Heather McCoy, Prov­i­dence, R.I.

A: She’s done a mod­est amount of it, but one home-screen role was quite sig­nif­i­cant in help­ing her launch her ca­reer. She played Inga Helms Weiss – and won an Emmy for the part – in the much-ac­claimed 1978 minis­eries “Holo­caust,” and that wasn’t her only such award, since she earned an­other Emmy more than 25 years later for playing mul­ti­ple roles in the HBO ver­sion of the play “An­gels in Amer­ica.” Early on, Streep also did the TV movie “The Dead­li­est Sea­son” and a cou­ple of PBS “Great Per­for­mances” pro­duc­tions, and af­ter win­ning her first Os­car (for “Kramer vs. Kramer”), she re­turned to tele­vi­sion for the Lewis Car­roll-in­spired “Alice at the Palace.” It was quite a coup for ABC to land her for the 1997 drama movie “... First Do No Harm,” and she has con­trib­uted voices to “The Simp­sons” and “King of the Hill.” She joined the star-laden cast of the 2003 doc­u­men­tary “Free­dom: A His­tory of Us,” and she guest-starred in sev­eral episodes of Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Ther­apy.”

Q: Please set­tle a bet. How long has “Ellen’s Game of Games” been on? – Kara Wells, via e-mail

A: The NBC pro­gram of­fi­cially started at the very be­gin­ning of 2018, but it might seem like it’s been on longer be­cause a num­ber of the games it en­com­passes orig­i­nally were played on DeGeneres’ syn­di­cated week­day talk show. “Game of Games” has been a con­sid­er­able hit for the net­work, con­firmed by the fact that it’s now head­ing to­ward its third sea­son.

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