Meryl Streep: On The Couch Press Kit

About The Author

Born in February 1923 and still going strong, Dr. Alma H. Bond is the author or co-author of more than two dozen published books, among them: Jackie O: On the Couch; Lady Macbeth: On the Couch; Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch; Hillary Clinton: On the Couch; Barbra Streisand: On the Couch; Michelle Obama: A Biography; The Autobiography of Maria Callas: A Novel;

Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst; Camille Claude: A Novel; America’s First Woman Warrior: The Story of Deborah Sampson; and Who Killed Virginia Woolf? A Psychobiography.

Dr. Bond received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, graduated from the post-doctoral program in psychoanalysis at the Freudian Society, and was a psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. Following an accident-induced coma from which she was not expected to recover, she “retired” to become a full-time writer.

Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, and the Authors Guild, as well as a fellow and faculty member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She was one of the first non-medical analysts to be elected to the International Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Bond grew up in Philadelphia, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Temple University, and following voluntary military service, moved to New York, where she earned a graduated with a degree in psychology from Columbia University.

A longtime resident of New York City, she lived for nearly a dozen years in south Florida, and five years in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She now lives in Allentown, PA.

Short Overview

Meryl Streep is a Hollywood icon, a political activist, a twenty-time Oscar-nominated actress, and a mystery. The Devil Wears Prada, Kramer v. Kramer, Julie & Julia, Mama Mia!, Sophie’s Choice, Meryl does it all, but who is she when the camera stops rolling? What are the thoughts that she keeps hidden?

Enter Dr. Darcy Dale.

The most successful psychoanalyst in New York City, Dr. Dale has treated a number of the most famous and exceptional women in the world. Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O., and Barbra Streisand, have all managed to find their way to the doorstep of this doctor’s office.

Fully aware of Dr. Dale’s notability, Streep, decides to pay her a call, but not for psychiatric treatment. The actress hopes to observe Dr. Dale as a means of preparing for her next role as a psychoanalyst. The two strike a deal: Streep will undergo analysis herself just as psychoanalysts must do as part of their education.

In the newest installment of her On the Couch series, Dr. Alma H. Bond gives us a seat on the couch next to Meryl as the actress prepares for her next role, and Dr. Dale performs an analysis of one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses. What follows is one of the most thorough and comprehensive biographies on Meryl Streep.

You now have before you a detailed guide to all that made Meryl. Anything you have ever wondered is chronicled in Dr. Dale’s session notes. In-depth research spanning Streep’s ancestry, childhood, college years, romantic entanglements, and more all finds its way onto these pages. Anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about Meryl Streep as a person, or has an
interest in her acting methods would undoubtedly enjoy this book.

Meryl Streep: On the Couch offers what no other biography can: a psychoanalytic perspective into the life and mind of Meryl Streep. While the media gives us the mogul, Dr. Bond gives us the mother, the wife, the woman.

Shorter Overview

Meryl Streep: On the Couch offers what no other biography can: a psychoanalytic perspective into the life and mind of Meryl Streep. While the media gives us the most versatile and amazing actress of her generation, Dr. Bond gives us the mother, the wife, the woman.

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Meryl Streep: On The Couch
“In Meryl Streep: On the Couch, Alma Bond continues the intriguing approach to biography she has used successfully in previous On the Couch books. In this latest installment, Bond’s fictional psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale, leads Meryl Streep through a training analysis to prepare the actress for an upcoming film role. During this extended series of sessions, Streep discusses her family history, her marriage and children, and the arc of her career. She also offers her thoughts on many of her previous movie and theater roles. Bond’s unique take on biography makes for an entertaining read, even when covering some of the less exciting aspects of Streep’s early years. Of course, in the psychoanalytic context, those early years take on outsize importance. The author’s decades of expertise as a practicing psychoanalyst shine through in Dr. Dale’s observations about Streep – and gives the novel format credibility. This book is a must-read for Streep fans who want to not only learn more about the life of this accomplished actress but also to peek beneath the surface of her remarkable success.”

“In this fictional work, Dr. Bond is represented as Dr. Dale Darcy (the fictionalized psychoanalyst) who works with Meryl Streep, with Streep learning about the psychoanalysis process in tandem with Darcy’s wish to understand this great actress. Bond recognizes the idea that Streep, while always herself, is able to step into anyone’s shoes, and it is that empathy that makes her the great actress she is. While Bond never interviewed Steep, her exceptional grasp of Streep’s identity and creative process comes from the superb use of source material that Bond cites at the end of the volume. One need not be a scholar to know that once again Bond has captured, in this delightful fictional but essentially biographical read, the essence of an amazingly accomplished woman.”

“Meryl Streep on the Couch is one of the most eye-opening books about a celebrity I have ever read. Although I didn’t know much about Meryl Streep’s life or activities outside of her film career, the conversations she had with Dr. Darcy Dale revealed a wealth of humor, insight, and integrity that most people never knew she had. Streep is a charmer for sure, on and off the screen, but it’s in this ‘mock psychoanalysis’ where she’ll show readers for the first time in her life the deepest parts of her life – the good and the bad. Despite being a famous actress, Meryl Streep isn’t a woman without hopes and dreams that extend beyond herself and her family, nor is she devoid of losses that have left profound changes in her thoughts and actions. I believe that Meryl Streep on the Couch is a must-read book for many people even if they aren’t die-hard fans of the actress. She truly is an incredible human being.”

“It must be a pleasure to lie on Alma Bond’s couch. Alma Bond, Ph.D, a retired, successful New York psychoanalyst, shares her professional insights and observations in Meryl Streep, On the Couch. In the sixth of Bond’s series of On the Couch biographies, Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep reviews her life, revealing heart-felt facts, sorrows, and successes. Dr. Bond, as Dr. Darcy Dale, weighs in with psychological perceptions, even parsing Streep’s ‘harmonious balance’ of ego, super ego, and id. Bond’s unique perspective as a therapist gives this unauthorized life story a fresh and intriguing point of view. It also will make you want to read Bond’s other On the Couch titles that include the life stories of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O,
Hillary Clinton, and Barbra Streisand, and Michelle Obama.”

“Another incredibly well researched and successful portrayal of a Hollywood icon. Your ability to humanize celebrities is uncanny. After reading your draft of Meryl Streep: On the Couch, I felt like I had gained a better understanding of, and deeper respect for, this great genius.”