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A local actress is staging a thematic sequel of sorts to Julie & Julia, the movie that dramatized the true story of a young writer learning to cook by making every item in Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Willoughby’s Nancy Telzerow has launched a similar yearlong project, “A to Z with Meryl & Me.” Twice a month, she’s posting clips of herself and friends re-enacting scenes from Meryl Streep movies at

Telzerow is a fulltime actress who hustles to find work in the scant but growing Midwest movie scene. She appears in commercials, training videos, print ads and plays, in addition to voiceover gigs. She hopes the Meryl Streep project will help her find some film roles.

“It started [as] a project where I would grow in my craft,” explains Telzerow. “Now the goal is to get recognition — in essence, to get more work for [myself]. I don’t want it to be just about me. I’m trying to get other people work.”

Telzerow launched the project on Valentine’s Day and plans to conclude it on Valentine’s Day 2011, with a clip from Streep’s latest comedy, It’s Complicated. So far, she has performed scenes from Adaptation, Before and After and A Cry in the Dark. Next up: Defending Your Life, which will be posted on March 28. It will co-star WNCX morning show host Jeff Blanchard. The most elaborate clip so far involves three actors and crew of four, including a location scout.

“I was always a fan, but not diehard,” says Telzerow. “I’ve only seen eight of [Streep’s] 42 movies. I was thinking of actresses with a wide range of roles. She becomes someone different for every role. She’s the best. So I’m going for the gold.” — D.X. Ferris

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