Meryl Streep donates USD 1 million to New York theatre

Updated: Oct 05, 2012, 15:36 PM IST

New York: Actress Meryl Streep has handed New York`s Public Theater USD 1 million in honour of the company`s founder Joe Papp and late producer-director Nora Ephron.

The Oscar-winning star made her Broadway debut in the theatre`s production of Trelawny of the Wells in 1975, and was mentored by late impresario Papp, who set up the Public in 1954, reported New York Post.

A representative for the company announced Streep has donated the generous amount in memory of Papp.

"I give this gift in honor of the founder of The Public Theater, my friend and mentor Joseph Papp, and in remembrance of one of the theater`s Board members and greatest supporters, my friend Nora Ephron," Streep said.