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Cybill Shepherd has a flattering case of mistaken identity

September 30, 2010 |  7:25 pm

Cybill-shepherd Cybill Shepherd visited "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Thursday with "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher and "Dynasty" diva Linda Evans to discuss aging and beauty -- and along the way, Shepherd shared a story of mistaken identity that many  women would kill to have.

"Three days ago, I'm outside ... I'm starting to hike up in the mountains," the actress said. "... I'm trying out binoculars, standing on the street, and this lady comes running across the street saying, 'Oh my God, oh my God, you're Meryl Streep! I'm so excited to see you.'

"I said, 'No, I am not Meryl Streep."

"She said, 'Oh yes you are. You're Meryl Streep!'"

Shepherd escaped into a nearby store, leaving her boyfriend to clarify with the woman that, no, um, not Streep -- rather, Shepherd.

"And," Shepherd said, "the woman said, 'Oh, I love her! She's so beautiful!'"

Not a bad problem to have, being mistaken for a two-time Oscar winner? Not to mention, after the fan ran into the store to say how much she loved her, "Ms. Streep" wound up not being asked for ID by the grocery store clerk.  See the video here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Cybill Shepherd in the 2009 TV movie "Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith." Credit: Alexx Henry / Hallmark Channel