Gowns from Meryl Streep's Closet Are For Sale as Part of This Amazing Actor's Fund Auction

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Of all the things Christine Baranski is giving away, there’s only one she might miss. “I was sad to part with one of my gold-beaded dresses,” she says. “I lost an Emmy in it, but I looked like a golden statue.”

Baranski is cleaning out her closet along with an army of her accomplished friends in service of “Stage and Screen,” an auction kicking off April 28 in partnership with Doyle and benefitting the Actors Fund. It’s a massive, starry sale that includes an impressive array of items from Hugh Jackman’s jacket from Wolverine to Bob Mackie-designed gowns from Carol Burnett’s closet, hand-written music from Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s boots from Hamilton, and a trove of other treasures sure to appeal to film and theater fanatics.

Photo credit: Ron Galella, Ltd. - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ron Galella, Ltd. - Getty Images

The sale, masterminded by Baranski, began as a simple bit of spring cleaning. “I went into my closet and saw beaded dresses and all this stuff from my career, and I thought, this would be a great time to just clear myself of some of it,” she says.

From there, she decided to ask others to do the same. Meryl Streep gave an Alberta Ferretti gown and Michael Kors shoes she’d worn to the SAG Awards, Dolly Parton donated a custom dress and the dress form it sits on (“I’d bid on just the mannequin, wouldn’t you,” Baranski asks. “You could put flowers on it!”), Steve Martin handed over a banjo, and Lorne Michaels gave outfits worn on Saturday Night Live by the likes of RuPaul and Timothée Chalamet.

Photo credit: Doyle
Photo credit: Doyle

“It was easy to reach out to a lot of pals to say let’s do this,” she says. “We’ve been the lucky ones and need to support all of the people who’ve been impacted by this pandemic. One of the purposes is not just raising money but also letting people know the importance of the Actors Fund, which is a life raft for people in the industry.”

Photo credit: Doyle
Photo credit: Doyle

As for whether Baranski’s only giving away items for the auction or perhaps buying some as well, that has yet to be decided. “Bruce Springsteen’s giving boots, a t-shirt, and jeans,” she says. “I would happily bid on his sweaty shirt; I just hope he hasn’t washed it.”

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