How Voice Lessons Helped Meryl Streep

"When asked if anything from her opera training has stayed with her, Streep replied: 'I learned the importance of breath. There was a thing I learned in my lessons from Estelle -- to breathe from your back. She would always say, there's room in the back -- that you expand three dimensionally. ... I use it all.'"

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