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“I learned more about acting from John than anybody,” Al Pacino has said.

“All I wanted to do was work with John for the rest of my life.

“She didn’t let him malinger.” Streep and Cazale tried to keep the severity of his condition between them.

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“They were great to look at, because they were kind of funny-looking, both of them,” said the playwright Israel Horovitz.

“They were lovely in their way, but it was a really quirky couple.

“I was told that unless I got rid of John, [they] would shut down the picture,” director Michael Cimino said later. I spent hours on the phone, yelling and screaming and fighting.” The story Streep would later tell: De Niro covered Cazale’s insurance costs, which the actor has never confirmed or denied.

“He was sicker than we thought,” De Niro later said, “but I wanted him to be in it.” They got through the shoot.

She was living in a loft on Franklin Street with her boyfriend, actor John Cazale.

He was 14 years her senior and a legend among his peers.“The material was unrelentingly grim,” she later said.They shot on location at an actual concentration camp, which she found profoundly disturbing. She’d spent 2½ months in Austria, longer than she’d been told, separated from her dying boyfriend, each day another lost forever. “John was sick, and I wanted to be with him.” “She was very anxious to do her very last scene and then zip back out,” director Marvin Chomsky said.He was Fredo in “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” and had lead roles in “The Conversation” and “Dog Day Afternoon.” Of the five movies he starred in, all would be nominated for Best Picture, and three would win. “Once he was in that play,” actor Marvin Starkman said, “the only thing he talked about was her.” In looks and manner, Cazale was completely foreign to the young Streep.“One of the things I loved about the casting of John Cazale,” said “Dog Day” director Sidney Lumet, “was that he had a tremendous sadness about him. “He wasn’t like anybody I’d ever met,” she said later.Papp was concerned enough to get Cazale an emergency appointment with his own doctor on the Upper East Side. They sat there, Gail Papp said, feeling “like you’ve been struck dead on the spot.” “John fell silent,” Schulman writes. But she was never one to give up, and certainly not one to succumb to despair . Cazale would show up at the theater now and then, still smoking his cigars.

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