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'Very Good Friends' Meryl Streep And Martin Short Spotted Out For Dinner Together

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | February 23, 2024 |

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | February 23, 2024 |


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Last month, the Internet was abuzz with a titillating rumor: Only Murders in the Building co-stars Meryl Streep and Martin Short were maybe dating. At first, I thought, “Huh. Random.” But then, after two seconds of letting it sink in, I realized this pairing was perfect. I shipped, I stanned, I prayed to Hollywood Jesus (Orlando Bloom as Legolas) the rumors were true.

Alas, Martin Short, 73, didn’t waste any time debunking the story. His rep informed PEOPLE that he and Meryl, 74, were just “very good friends, nothing more.” Booooo. Still, I didn’t give up hope. Because this gossip could possibly break the ice and cause Meryl to start seeing her “very good friend” in a brand new light. Also, there’s gotta be a reason she finally went public about her six-year-long separation from husband Don Gummer. And it could be that Meryl’s finally ready to date again. As for Martin, he lost his wife of thirty years, Nancy Dolman, to ovarian cancer in 2010.

This week, us Sheep (Shreep? Stort? Mertin?) devotees got an update. Martin and Meryl were spotted out for dinner together at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. Were they also with friends? Sure. But that could have been a cover. Paparazzi caught the two smiling ear-to-ear while leaving the Italian restaurant.

Now, an eyewitness tells PEOPLE that Martin and Meryl were “enjoying their meal” and “having a blast the whole time.” They add that there was “lots of laughing” and they “couldn’t have been having a better time.” Unfortunately, the mole did not mention if Meryl and Martin were staring into each others’ eyes or playing footsies under the table. Sigh. Do better, spy.

Meryl will reportedly return as Loretta Dunkirk on Season 4 of Only Murders in the Building. At least some of the episodes will take place in Los Angeles, where Loretta is working as an actress. Does this mean more kissing scenes between Meryl and Martin? Late-night rehearsals at Martin’s mansion? Maybe they have a little wine, Meryl realizes she’s too tipsy to drive, Martin asks if she wants to stay over — FINE, I’LL STOP!