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1982 Sophies Choice
1983 Silkwood
1984 Falling in love
1985 Plenty
1985 Out of Africa
1986 Heartburn
1987 / Ironweed
1988 A Cry in the Dark
1989 Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife ()
1989 She-Devil
1990 Postcards from the Edge
1991 Defending Your Life
1992 Death Becomes Her
1993 The House of the Spirits
1994 The River Wild
1995 The Bridges of Madison County
1996 Before and After
1996 Marvins Room
1997 ...First do no harm
1998 Dancing at Lughnasa
1998 One True Thing
1999 Chrysanthemum ()
1999 Music of the Heart
2001 Artificial Intelligence: A.I.
2002 Adaptation
2002 The Hours
2003 Angels in America
2003 / Stuck on You
2004 The Manchurian Candidate
2004 : 33 /Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events
2005 Prime
2006 A Prairie Home Companion
2006 Prada The Devil Wears Prada
2006 The Ant Bully ()
2007 Dark Matter
2007 Evening
2007 Rendition
2007 Lions for Lambs
2008 ! Mamma Mia!
2008 Doubt
2008 Ribbon of Sand

2009 Julie & Julia


2009 It's complicated
2009 / Fantastic Mr. Fox
2010 The Ice at the Bottom of the World
2011 The Iron Lady
2012 First Man
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Biography for

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Date of Birth
22 June 1949, Summit, New Jersey, USA
Birth Name
Mary Louise Streep
Height
5' 6" (1.68 m)
Mini Biography

Considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, Meryl Streep has been
nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 17 times, and has won it three times. Born Mary Louise
Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She
became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation she enrolled in the Yale School of
Drama. She gave an outstanding performance in her first film role, Julia (1977), and the next year she was
nominated for her first Oscar for her role in The Deer Hunter (1978). She went on to win the Academy
Award for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982), in which she gave a
heart-wrenching portrayal of an inmate mother in a Nazi death camp.
A perfectionist in her craft and meticulous and painstaking in her preparation for her roles, Meryl turned out
a string of highly acclaimed performances over the next 10 years in great films like Silkwood (1983); Out of
Africa (1985); Ironweed (1987); and A Cry in the Dark (1988). Her career declined slightly in the early
1990s as a result of her inability to find suitable parts, but she shot back to the top in 1995 with her
performance as Clint Eastwood's married lover in The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and as the
prodigal daughter in Marvin's Room (1996). In 1998 she made her first venture into the area of producing,
and was the executive producer for the moving ...First Do No Harm (1997) (TV). A realist when she talks
about her future years in film, she remarked that "...no matter what happens, my work will stand..."
IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom McDonough
Spouse
Don
Gummer

(30 September 1978 - present) 4


children

Trade Mark

Known for being a perfectionist when preparing for roles


Known for her ability to master almost any accent
She frequently plays real-life characters: Julia Child, Ethel Rosenberg, Karen Silkwood, Karen Blixen,
Roberta Guasppari, Lindy Chamberlain, Susan Orlean and Margaret Thatcher.

Trivia

In September 1999, named Best Modern Actress in an Entertainment Weekly online poll, substantially
beating out runner-up Michelle Pfeiffer.
Learned to play the violin, by practicing 6 hours a day for 8 weeks, for her role in Music of the Heart (1999).
Has a fear of helicopters.
Listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
In October 1997, ranked #24 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
Educated at Yale University. Studied Drama.
Graduated from Vassar College in 1971.
Was romantically involved with actor John Cazale for a total of 7 years, culminating with his death at age 42
in 1978 from bone cancer. She is very reluctant to discuss the relationship with anyone.
Graduated from Bernards High School.
Before making it big, she was a waitress at The Hotel Somerset in Somerville, New Jersey, USA.
Was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school.
She left her just-claimed Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) on the back of a toilet during the 1979
festivities.
Replaced Madonna for the lead in Music of the Heart (1999).
In 2001, her son, Henry W. Gummer ("Hank") was a student at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Sister-in-law of Maeve Kinkead.
In 2000, named an Officer of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Born at 8:05 a.m. EDT.
Tennessee Williams wanted her for a film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the 1980s. When Streep
proved unavailable, the project was refashioned for television and the role of Blanche given to Ann-Margret.
Has a deviated septum, which she refuses to have fixed.
The children's TV series "Sesame Street" (1969) has featured a character named "Meryl Sheep" in her honor.
Was originally supposed to play the role of Iris Hineman is the film Minority Report (2002), but had to back
out. She was replaced by Lois Smith.
Her character Karen Silkwood from her 1983 film Silkwood (1983) was ranked #47 on the American Film
Institute Heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.
Presented Paul McCartney with the 1990 Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Attended The Beatles
concert at Shea Stadium in 1965 with an "I love Paul" sign, which she mentioned when presenting the award
to McCartney.

Older sister of Harry Streep and Dana Streep.


Spent a year as a transfer student at Dartmouth College where she participated in theater.
Originally applied to Law School but slept in on the morning of her interview and took it as a sign she was
destined for other things.
Sigourney Weaver and Christine Estabrook were fellow classmates at Yale Drama School.
Back at the Drama school, she and Sigourney Weaver appeared in a play staged in a swimming pool
together. The play was called 'The Frogs.'.
May 27, 2004 was proclaimed "Meryl Streep Day" by Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields.
[May 2004]
She was voted the 37th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
As a young actor, she performed at the Yale Repertory Theater with Christopher Lloyd.
According to Katharine Hepburn's official biographer A. Scott Berg, Meryl Streep was her least favorite
modern actress on screen: "Click, click, click," she said, referring to the wheels turning inside Streep's head.
Has only been turned down for four roles: Michelle Straton in American Gigolo (1980), Patsy Cline in
Sweet Dreams (1985), Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day (1993), and Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998).
She often works with Academy award-winning director Mike Nichols.
Mentioned by first name only (with two-time co-star Jack Nicholson) in Michael Crichton's 2004 novel
"State of Fear.".
Tony Nominee in 1976 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for Tennessee Williams' "27 Wagons Full of
Cotton.".
Premiere Magazine ranked her as #46 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our
Constellation feature (2005).
Took serious singing lessons. At age 12, she studied to become an opera singer.
Acting career began on the stage.
Is the second of 4 consecutive winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to have the initials "M.S.". The
others are: Maggie Smith - California Suite (1978), Mary Steenburgen - Melvin and Howard (1980), and
Maureen Stapleton - Reds (1981).
Received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Middlebury College during her nephew's graduation in
2004.
She attended Harding Township Middle School, in Harding, New Jersey for 1 or 2 years
Sold her New York City townhouse for $9.1 million in February 2006. She was forced to slash the asking
price for the eight-bedroom Manhattan property from $12 million to secure a sale. Streep bought the house
for $2.2 million in 1995, according to the New York Post.
Early in her career, Streep received a letter from Bette Davis, whom most critics and cinema historians ranks
as the greatest American movie actress ever. Davis told Streep that she felt that she was her successor as the

premier American actress. Davis, a double winner who was nominated 10 times for an Academy Award, all
of them Best Actress nods, set the record for most acting nominations with her tenth in 1963 for What Ever
Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), a record later surpassed by Katharine Hepburn with her 11th nomination
(and 3rd win) for The Lion in Winter (1968). Hepburn extended her record with her 12th nomination (and
fourth win) for On Golden Pond (1981).
Her performance as "Sophie Zawistowska" in Sophie's Choice (1982) is ranked #3 on Premiere Magazine's
100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Her performance as "Karen Silkwood" in Silkwood (1983) is ranked #71 on Premiere Magazine's 100
Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Her husband, Don Gummer, is a sculptor.
Her father was a drug company exec; her mother, an artist-turned-housewife who kept an art studio behind
the house. Her father loved to play the piano and her mother to sing. Meryl was given singing lessons at a
young age. Her mother died in 2001 and her father in 2004.
Son Henry Gummer is an actor, filmmaker and co-founder of a rock band. Daughter Mary Willa, whose
stage name is Mamie Gummer, is an off-Broadway actress.
Friend of Jill Clayburgh. First met in their roles as mothers.
The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is five years, between Postcards from the Edge
(1990) and The Bridges of Madison County (1995).
Robert De Niro said she is his favorite actress to work with.
Was nominated for Best Actress in 1987 along with Cher. When Cher was announced, just before the
cameras cut away from the other four actresses, Streep could be seen springing to her feet in delight and
applauding for Cher. During her acceptance speech, Cher thanked Streep personally, as they had worked
together on Cher's first film, Silkwood (1983). As the camera briefly cut away to Streep sitting in the
audience, she blew Cher a kiss.
Considered for the role of Evita Peron in Evita (1996).
Donated her wardrobe from The Devil Wears Prada (2006) to a charity auction.
Uses music, most often Classical, to get into character.
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Nominated for a 2007 Drama Desk Award for her performance in "Mother Courage and Her Children"
(Outstanding Actress in a Play).
Daughter of Mary Streep and Harry Streep (a pharmaceutical executive).
Her accumulation of 17 Oscar nominations (3 wins) was accomplished over a period of only 33 years. Bette
Davis scored 10 nominations (2 wins) over 28 years (all leading roles). Katharine Hepburn garnered 12
nominations (4 wins) after a relatively lengthy 48 years (all leading roles).
Occasionally mistaken for friend Glenn Close, Streep was pregnant with her fourth child while shopping in a
Los Angeles baby store where the staff lavished her with huge amounts of baby paraphernalia. Just as she
was about to leave they whispered, "We loved you in Fatal Attraction (1987)".

Elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2007 for her services to arts and entertainment (inaugural
election). Official induction ceremonies held in May 2008.
She and her daughter Mamie Gummer portrayed the same role at different ages in Evening (2007).
In 2007, she ranked #6 on Entertainment Weekly's 'The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood'.
Nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for "The One and Only Shrek" (Best Spoken Word Album For
Children).
Has said she is a great fan of actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
With the announcement of the 66th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations and receiving two
nominations, the actress surpassed Jack Lemmon's count of 22 nominations and is now, besides holding the
record for most Oscar nominations, the actor with the most Golden Globe nominations of all time with a
total of 25 nominations.
She was a close friend of late actress Natasha Richardson.
She attended Natasha Richardson's funeral along with husband Don Gummer.
Signs cheques with her real name - Mary Louise Gummer.
She was ranked #87 on Ellen DeGeneres' most sexy movie actors list. (2009).
She was awarded honorary Princeton degree in June 2009.
She gained as much as 15 pounds while filming the Julie & Julia (2009) movie.
Her fans call themselves "Streepers".
In the stage show of Fame, though other actors are mentioned in song lyrics, she is the only actress to have
her name in a song title. The song is called "Think of Meryl Streep" and takes place after Carmen kisses
Nick when he asks her how she relaxes, and Serena (who wants Nick for herself) sees them.
Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
Through the television series "Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr." (2010), she learned that she is
a distant relative of director Mike Nichols.
Lives in New York City and Salisbury, Connecticut.
She presented leadership award to ex-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt on March 2010.
Landed the breakthrough role of Linda in The Deer Hunter (1978) after Robert De Niro had seen her playing
Dunyasha in Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" at Manhattan's Lincoln Center (1977). Streep had been
playing opposite Irene Worth, Raul Julia and Mary Beth Hurt.
On her 60th birthday, her husband brought her a toaster and one of her daughters brought her a rocking
chair. Despite having to work until late on the day, her children cooked her a birthday meal when she
returned.
Attended Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's wedding with her husband, Don Gummer.

Kept the sunglasses she wore in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and used them again during the "Money
Money Money" sequence in Mamma Mia! (2008).
As of 2012 she is still the most Oscar-nominated actress with 17 nominations.
She was awarded the 2010 National Medal of the Arts for her services to drama.
Recipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, and
Sonny Rollins.
Was considered for the part of Ellen Ripley in "Alien".
Is one of only four thespians to be nominated for acting honors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts &
Sciences over five decades - 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s. Along with Laurence Olivier (1930s1970s), Paul Newman (1950s, 1960s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s) and Katherine Hepburn (1930s, 1940s,
1950s, 1960s, 1980s).
Referenced in "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Your Horoscope for Today".
Claimed to have had a photographic memory when she was younger, which allowed her to memorize her
lines after one reading.
Spokesperson for the Center for Reproductive Rights' Draw the Line campaign. The Center for
Reproductive Rights is a global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, selfdetermination and dignity as basic human rights.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a son Henry Wolfe Gummer (aka Henry Gummer) on November 13,
1979. Child's father is her husband, Don Gummer.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 34, a daughter Mary Willa Gummer (aka Mamie Gummer) on August 3,
1983. Child's father is her husband, Don Gummer.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 36, a daughter Grace Jane Gummer (aka Grace Gummer) on May 9, 1986.
Child's father is her husband, Don Gummer.
Gave birth to her 4th child at age 41, a daughter Louisa Jacobson Gummer on June 12, 1991. Child's father
is her husband, Don Gummer.

Personal Quotes

["Entertainment Tonight" (1981)] I had it (smoking), it stinks.


[in 1978] I'm looking forward to bigger parts in the future, but I'm not doing soft-core scripts where the
character emerges in half-light, half-dressed.
[on whether Madonna should play Eva Peron in the film version of Evita (1996)] instead of her I can sing
better than she can. If Madonna gets it, I'll rip her throat out!
I don't want to spit in the eye of good fortune, but it was weird. I felt like I'd butted in line in front of Lucille
Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn. Hello? How did this happen? I was only the sixth woman to
receive it, but they found 26 men to give it to. I thought that was embarrassing. [on her Lifetime
Achievement Award from the AFI]

I thought it was really fun, you've got to understand, but I didn't think it was a serious way to conduct your
life. You know, I had a sense of mission. I was a true child of the '60s. [on her view of acting back in
college]
I love doing comedy, but people just don't give me enough of a chance. It's one of the reasons I enjoy The
Manchurian Candidate (2004) so much. It's because I actually get a chance to be funny.
Let's face it, we were all once 3-year-olds who stood in the middle of the living room and everybody thought
we were so adorable. Only some of us grow up and get paid for it.
[accepting an Emmy for "Angels in America" (2003)] You know, there are some days when I myself think
I'm overrated, but not today.
Someone once said that sometimes studio heads don't want to cast films with the image of their first wife in
the role. It's just rather unpleasant for them. So they like the idea of the new one.
I loved being someone so certain. Because certainty is just so attractive in people. To me, it's a completely
bogus position - for me. Because, you know, I'm listening to every side. But it's so nice not to have to listen
to all the different sides. To be so clear and on your track and sure. It's a fabulous thing. Unfortunately, it
leads to fanaticism. [on her role in The Manchurian Candidate (2004)]
I think I was wired for family. You know how they say people are wired for religion, or wired for this or
that? I always knew I would like to, if I could find the right person, have a family. I can't imagine living
single.
I get nervous calling myself an artist. I feel I'm more like an interpreter or a violinist, you know.
[on winning the 1983 Best Actress Oscar for Sophie's Choice (1982)] Oh boy, no matter how much you try
to imagine what this is like, it's just so incredibly thrilling right down your toes.
But ... in my own experience of male and female directors, people have a much, much harder time taking a
direct command from a woman. It's somehow very difficult for people.
I mean, come on; when you have people writing these things, that you're the greatest thing that ever ate
scenery, you're dead. You're fucking dead. How can you even presume to begin a new character? It's a killer.
It's a lesson I learned in drama school: the teacher asks, how do you be the queen? And everybody says, 'Oh
it's about posture and authority.' And they said, no, it's about how the air in the room shifts when you walk
in. And that's everyone else's work.
I really, really depend on the other actors for the confirmation of who I think I am," she says. "And so it's
important to me to work with good people that are not worried about how they look. You know. Real actors.
They're your blood.
[part of Emmy acceptance speech for "Angels in America" (2003)] Glenn Close is my friend so I know she'll
forgive me, Helen Mirren is an acting god, and no one has put a better performance on film than Judy Davis
in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) (TV). The only one in the group is Emma
Thompson, who will hold a grudge for the rest of her life. But who cares?
[accepting the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical 2007] "I think I've worked with
everyone in the room! I have!"
It's hard to negotiate the present landscape with a brain and a female body. (On her struggles as an actress
earlier in her career)

My God, I was settling in for a long winter's nap. I've been nominated, like 789 times, but it hasn't been
since the Mesozoic Era that I've actually won. (On winning a Golden Globe for Adaptation. (2002)).
It would be nice to have a woman President. I think half the Senate should be women, half of Parliament,
half the ruling mullahs. But that will never happen, darling!
[on Dustin Hoffman] He's energized and the greatest combination of the generous and the selfish that ever
lived. He wants to be the greatest actor who ever was.
I try to lead as ordinary a life as I can. You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.
I don't know what I'd do without my husband. I'd be dead, emotionally at least, if I hadn't met him. He's the
greatest. - On her husband.
Listening is everything. Listening is the whole deal. That's what I think. And I mean that in terms of before
you work, after you work, in between work, with your children, with your husband, with your friends, with
your mother, with your father. It's everything. And it's where you learn everything.
There's no road map on how to raise a family: it's always an enormous negotiation. But I have a holistic need
to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can't imagine eschewing one for the other. - on her
marriage.
[on life as a young actress] When I was 20 I busked to afford accommodation. One night I hadn't earned
enough, I actually slept in the open in Green Park [in London]. The view was of the Ritz Hotel and I vowed
I'd stay there one day. And I have.
I hate the [Oscar] campaigning thing. It's unseemly. You should be honored for something. It shouldn't be
for whose campaign was better.
My daughters had helped me to stop worrying about my appearance over the years. I wasted so many years
thinking I wasn't pretty enough and why didn't I have Jessica Lange's body or someone else's legs? What a
waste of time. (February 2009 about her appearance.)
I've been nominated for an Oscar 15 times and won twice, but it still feels like it's happening to someone
else. I wish I could feel it more. (2009)
Tash was the warm sun in the center of a large constellation of family, friends, all of those lucky enough to
know her - she is irreplaceable in our lives; she gave us so much, so generously - her legacy is the love that
connects us all. (on Natasha Richardson's tragic death.)
If you've been married for a long time you love without looking.
My greatest culinary triumph was when I was falling in love with my husband. We were on the coast of
Maine in a cabin and I made an apple pie...just whipped it up, without a recipe or anything..just the perfect
pastry. I've never been able to do it again - and he asks for it often!
Turning 60 was important to everyone else. It was a big number, to me it was, 'Well yeah, that comes after
59', and I don't even want to look it in the eye.
The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and
exciting challenge. I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervor and attention to detail as the
real Lady Thatcher possesses - I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own. (On portraying
Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011))

[1994, on if she's bothered when one of her films don't do well at the box-office] I'm horribly disappointed
when people don't see what I consider some of my best work. Yeah, I'm very sad. But I know that I have a
video life. Most of my fans are home with their children waiting for my films to come out on video. But I'm
disappointed because certain things should be seen on the big screen. I was very proud of A Cry in the Dark
(1988), but it wasn't distributed widely enough for people to have seen it on the big screen.
[1994, on career choices] What affects your career choices are the three interesting scripts you get in a year,
two of which you're wrong for, one you think you might want to do if you're real lucky. You can't possibly
plot what's going to be available, what's going to be written, who's going to think of it, and if it will come to
you or not.
[2008] One of the most important keys to acting is curiosity. I am curious to the point of being nosy. What
that means is you want to devour lives. You're eager to put on their shoes and wear their clothes and have
them become a part of you. All people contain mystery, and when you act, you want to plumb that mystery
until everything is known to you.
[on The Iron Lady (2011)] It was one of those rare, rare films where I was grateful to be an actor and
grateful for the privilege of being able to look at a life deeply with empathy.
It took a lot out of me, but it was a privilege to play her (Margaret Thatcher), it really was. I still don't agree
with a lot of her policies. But I feel she believed in them and that they came from an honest conviction, and
that she wasn't a cosmetic politician just changing make-up to suit the times.
[on Margaret Thatcher] We on the Left didn't like her policies but secretly we were thrilled that a woman
had made it, and we thought, "Wow, if it can happen there in England, it could happen here." But we're still
waiting in America.
She's still an incredibly divisive figure, but you miss her clarity today. It was all very clear and up front, and
I loved that eagerness to mix it up and to make it about ideas. Today it's all about feelings. You know, "How
do I come off?" and, "Does this seem OK?" You want people who are willing to find a solution. I admire the
fact that she was a "love-me-or-hate-me" kind of leader who said: "This is what I stand for." It's a hard thing
to do and no one's doing that now. (On Margaret Thatcher)
[on what appealed to her about playing Margaret Thatcher] Women and power, and diminishment of power,
and loss of power. And reconciliation with your life where you come to a point where you've lived most of
it, and it's behind you. I have always liked and been intrigued by older people and the idea that behind them
lives every human trauma, drama, glory, jokes, love.
I consider all the roles I play a privilege but this one was special because there are such vehement opinions
about her. People seemed to look at her as an icon or a monster and I just wanted to locate the human being
inside those caricatures that we've seen over so many years. And to investigate myself what it must have
been like for her. (On Margaret Thatcher)
[responding to those who have criticized the emphasis placed on Margaret Thatcher's frail and confused old
age] Some people have said it's shameful to portray this part of a life. But the corollary of that is that, if you
think that debility, delicacy, dementia are shameful, if you think that the ebbing of a life is something that
should be shut away, if you think that people need to be defended from these images then - yes - then you'll
think it's a shameful thing.
I was never engaged to John Cazale. We lived together for three years until he died of bone cancer.
[on avoiding cosmetic surgery] I really understand the chagrin that accompanies aging, especially for a
woman, but I think people look funny when they freeze their faces. In Los Angeles there's a lot of that. I
pick up on the part that doesn't move on a face. I'm immediately drawn to it and that is the opposite of what
you're intending. You pull focus on the area that's been worked on.

I gotta thank everybody in England that let me come and trample over their history.

Salary
The Deer Hunter (1978)

$35,000

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

$85,000

The French Lieutenant's Woman $350,000


(1981)
Falling in Love (1984)

$2,000,000

Out of Africa (1985)

$3,000,000

Postcards from the Edge (1990) $4,000,000


Death Becomes Her (1992)

$4,000,000 + % of the profit

The River Wild (1994)

$5,000,000

The Bridges of Madison County $4,000,000 - $5,000,000 + percentage of


(1995)
the gross
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

$5,000,000

Rendition (2007)

$1,000,000

Julie & Julia (2009)

$5,000,000 + first-dollar gross %

It's Complicated (2009)

$7,000,000 - $8,000,000

The Iron Lady (2011)

% of gross (original $1,000,000 donated


to NWHM)

Where Are They Now

(November 2011) London, UK: To begin promoting the film, Iron Lady
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Meryl Streep
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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep in Spain, 2008


Born

Mary Louise Streep


June 22, 1949 (age 63)
Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

Alma
mater

Vassar College;
Yale School of Drama

Occupati
Actress
on
Years
active

1971present

Title

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary) of


Princeton University

Spouse(s
Don Gummer (1978present)
)
Partner(
John Cazale (19761978, his death)
s)
Henry Wolfe Gummer
Mamie Gummer
Children
Grace Gummer
Louisa Gummer
Academy Awards
Best
1982
2011
Best
1979

Actress
Sophie's Choice
The Iron Lady
Actress in a Supporting Role
Kramer vs. Kramer
Emmy Awards

Outstanding Actress - Miniseries or Movie


1978 Holocaust
2004 Angels in America
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress - Drama
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman
1982 Sophie's Choice
2011 The Iron Lady
Best Actress - Musical or Comedy
2006 The Devil Wears Prada
2009 Julie and Julia
Best Supporting Actress
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
2002 Adaptation
Best Actress - Miniseries or TV Movie
2003 Angels in America
BAFTA Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman
2012 The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep; June 22, 1949)[1] is an American actress who has worked in
theater, television, and film. She is widely regarded as one of the most talented actors of all time.[2][3][4]
Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the
television movie The Deadliest Season (1977). In that same year, she made her film debut with Julia (1977).
Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs.
Kramer (1979), the former giving Streep her first Academy Award nomination and the latter her first win.
She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Sophie's Choice (1982) and The
Iron Lady (2011).
Streep has received 17 Academy Award nominations, winning three, and 26 Golden Globe nominations,
winning eight, more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. Her work has also
earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New
York Film Critics Circle Awards, two BAFTA awards, an Australian Film Institute Award, five Grammy
Award nominations, and a Tony Award nomination, amongst others. She was awarded the AFI Life
Achievement Award in 2004 and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American
culture through performing arts, the youngest actor in each award's history. President Barack Obama
awarded her 2010 National Medal of Arts.

Contents

1 Early life and


education
2 Personal life

3 Career

3.1 1970s

3.2 1980s

3.3 1990s

3.4 2000s

3.5 2010s

4 Accents and dialects

5 Music

6 Philanthropy

7 Awards and
nominations

8 Selected filmography

9 See also

10 References

11 Bibliography

12 External links

Early life and education


Streep was born in Summit, New Jersey.[5] Her mother, Mary Wolf (ne Wilkinson; 19152001), was a
commercial artist and former art editor, and her father, Harry William Streep, Jr. (19102003), was a
pharmaceutical executive.[6][7][8] She has two brothers, Dana David and Harry William III.[9] Her patrilineal
ancestry originates in Loffenau, Germany, from where her second great-grandfather, Gottfried Streep,
emigrated to the United States, and where one of her ancestors served as mayor. Another line of her father's
family was from Giswil in the canton of Obwalden, a small town in Switzerland. Her maternal ancestors
lived in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and were descended from 17th century immigrants from England.[8]
Her eighth great-grandfather, Lawrence Wilkinson, was one of the first Europeans to settle Rhode Island.
Streep is also a distant relative of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and records show that her
family is among the first purchasers of land in the state.[10][11][12]
She was raised a Presbyterian,[13][14] and grew up in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where she attended Bernards
High School.[15] She had many school friends who were Catholic, and regularly attended Mass because she
loved its rituals.[16] She received her B.A., in Drama, at Vassar College in 1971 (where she briefly received
instruction from actress Jean Arthur), but also enrolled as an exchange student at Dartmouth College for a
quarter before it became coeducational. She subsequently earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
While at Yale, she played a variety of roles onstage,[17] from the glamorous Helena in A Midsummer Night's
Dream to an eighty-year-old woman in a wheelchair in a comedy written by then-unknown playwrights
Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato.[18][19][20]

Personal life
Streep lived with actor John Cazale for three years until his death in March 1978.[21][22] Streep married
sculptor Don Gummer on September 30, 1978.[23] They have four children: Henry Wolfe Gummer (born
November 13, 1979), Mary Willa "Mamie" Gummer (born August 3, 1983), Grace Jane Gummer (born May
9, 1986), and Louisa Jacobson Gummer (born June 12, 1991). Both Mamie and Grace are actresses.[6] Henry
is a musician who performs under the name Henry Wolfe.[24]
When asked if religion plays a part in her life, in an interview in 2009, Streep replied, "I follow no doctrine.
I don't belong to a church or a temple or a synagogue or an ashram."[25] She also said "I've always been
really, deeply interested in faith, because I think I can understand the solace that's available in the whole
construct of religion." Streep does not rule out the possibility that God exists; I do have a sense of trying to
make things better. Where does that come from?[26]

Career
1970s

Streep performed in several theater productions in New York and New Jersey after graduating from Yale
School of Drama,[27] including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, The Taming of
the Shrew with Ral Juli, and Measure for Measure opposite Sam Waterston and John Cazale. At this time
she entered a relationship with Cazale, with whom she lived until his death three years later. She starred on
Broadway in the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End, and won an Obie for her performance in the all-sung offBroadway production of Alice at the Palace.

Streep by Jack Mitchell

Streep began auditioning for film roles, and later recalled an unsuccessful audition for Dino De Laurentiis
for the leading female role in King Kong. De Laurentiis commented to his son in Italian, "She's ugly. Why
did you bring me this thing?" and was shocked when Streep replied to the insult in fluent Italian.[28] In New
York City, she appeared in the 1976 Broadway double bill of Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of
Cotton and Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays. For the former, she received a Tony Award
nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Her other early Broadway credits include Anton Chekhov's
The Cherry Orchard and the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical Happy End in which she originally appeared
off-Broadway at the Chelsea Theater Center. She received Drama Desk Award nominations for both
productions.

Streep's first feature film was Julia (1977), in which she played a small but pivotal role during a flashback
scene. Streep was living in New York City with Cazale, who had been diagnosed with bone cancer.[29] He
was cast in The Deer Hunter (1978), and Streep was delighted to secure a small role because it allowed her
to remain with Cazale for the duration of filming. She was not specifically interested in the part,
commenting, "They needed a girl between the two guys and I was it."[30]
She played a leading role in the television miniseries Holocaust (1978) as a German woman married to a
Jewish artist in Nazi era Germany. She later explained that she had considered the material to be
"unrelentingly noble",[30] and had taken the role only because she had needed money.[31] Streep travelled to
Germany and Austria for filming while Cazale remained in New York. Upon her return, Streep found that
Cazale's illness had progressed, and she nursed him until his death on March 12, 1978. She spoke of her
grief and her hope that work would provide a diversion; she accepted a role in The Seduction of Joe Tynan
(1979) with Alan Alda, later commenting that she played it on "automatic pilot",[30] and performed the role
of Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park.[32] With an estimated audience of 109
million, Holocaust brought a degree of public recognition to Streep, who was described in August 1978 as
"on the verge of national visibility".[31] She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead
Actress Miniseries or a Movie[33] for her performance.
The Deer Hunter (1978) was released a month later, and Streep was nominated for the Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Streep played a supporting role in Manhattan (1979) for Woody Allen, later stating that she had not seen a
complete script and was given only the six pages of her own scenes,[34] and that she had not been permitted
to improvise a word of her dialogue.[35] Asked to comment on the script for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), in a
meeting with the producer Stan Jaffee, director Robert Benton and star Dustin Hoffman, Streep insisted that
the female character was not representative of many real women who faced marriage breakdown and child
custody battles, and was written as "too evil".[30] Jaffee, Benton and Hoffman agreed with Streep, and the
script was revised.[30] In preparing for the part, Streep spoke to her own mother about her life as a mother
and housewife with a career,[36] and frequented the Upper East Side neighborhood in which the film was set.
[30]
Benton allowed Streep to write her dialogue in two of her key scenes, despite some objection from
Hoffman.[37] Jaffee and Hoffman later spoke of Streep's tirelessness, with Hoffman commenting, "She's
extraordinarily hardworking, to the extent that she's obsessive. I think that she thinks about nothing else but
what she's doing."[38]
Streep drew critical acclaim for her performance in each of her three films released in 1979: the romantic
comedy Manhattan, the political drama The Seduction of Joe Tynan and the family drama, Kramer vs.
Kramer.[27] She was awarded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress,
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and National Society of Film Critics Award
for Best Supporting Actress for her collective work in the three films. Among the awards won for Kramer
vs. Kramer were the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.[27]

1980s

Streep at the 61st Academy Awards, 1989

After prominent supporting roles in two of the 1970s' most successful films, the consecutive winners of the
Academy Award for Best Picture, The Deer Hunter and Kramer vs. Kramer, and praise for her versatility in
several supporting roles, Streep progressed to leading roles. Her first was The French Lieutenant's Woman
(1981). A story within a story drama, the film paired Streep with Jeremy Irons as contemporary actors,
telling their modern story as well as the Victorian era drama they were performing. A New York Magazine
article commented that, while many female stars of the past had cultivated a singular identity in their films,
Streep was a "chameleon", willing to play any type of role.[39] Streep was awarded a BAFTA Award for Best
Actress in a Leading Role for her work.
Her next film, the psychological thriller, Still of the Night (1982) reunited her with Robert Benton, the
director of Kramer vs. Kramer, and co-starred Roy Scheider and Jessica Tandy. Vincent Canby, writing for
The New York Times, noted that the film was an homage to the works of Alfred Hitchcock, but that one of its
main weaknesses was a lack of chemistry between Streep and Scheider, concluding that Streep "is stunning,
but she's not on screen anywhere near long enough".[40]
As the Polish holocaust survivor in Sophie's Choice (1982), Streep's emotional dramatic performance and
her apparent mastery of a Polish accent drew praise.[27] William Styron wrote the novel with Ursula Andress
in mind for the part of Sophie, but Streep was very determined to get the role. After she obtained a pirated
copy of the script, she went to Alan J. Pakula and threw herself on the ground begging him to give her the
part.."[citation needed] Streep filmed the "choice" scene in one take and refused to do it again, as she found
shooting the scene extremely painful and emotionally exhausting.[41] Among several notable acting awards,
Streep won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Roger Ebert said of her performance,
"Streep plays the Brooklyn scenes with an enchanting Polish-American accent (she has the first accent I've
ever wanted to hug), and she plays the flashbacks in subtitled German and Polish. There is hardly an
emotion that Streep doesn't touch in this movie, and yet we're never aware of her straining. This is one of the
most astonishing and yet one of the most unaffected and natural performances I can imagine."[citation needed]
She followed this success with a biographical film, Silkwood (1983), in which she played her first real-life
character, the union activist Karen Silkwood. She discussed her preparation for the role in an interview with
Roger Ebert and said that she had met with people close to Silkwood to learn more about her, and in doing
so realized that each person saw a different aspect of Silkwood.[42] Streep concentrated on the events of
Silkwood's life and concluded, "I didn't try to turn myself into Karen. I just tried to look at what she did. I

put together every piece of information I could find about her... What I finally did was look at the events in
her life, and try to understand her from the inside."[42]
Her next films were a romantic drama, Falling in Love (1984) opposite Robert De Niro, and a British drama,
Plenty (1985). Roger Ebert said of Streep's performance in Plenty that she conveyed "great subtlety; it is
hard to play an unbalanced, neurotic, self-destructive woman, and do it with such gentleness and charm...
Streep creates a whole character around a woman who could have simply been a catalogue of symptoms."[43]
Out of Africa (1985) starred Streep as the Danish writer Karen Blixen and co-starred Robert Redford. A
significant critical success, the film received a 63% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[44] Streep costarred with Jack Nicholson in her next two films, the dramas Heartburn (1986) and Ironweed (1987), in
which she sang onscreen for the first time since the television movie, Secret Service, in 1977. In A Cry in
the Dark, aka Evil Angels (1988), she played the biographical role of Lindy Chamberlain, an Australian
woman who had been convicted of the murder of her infant daughter although Chamberlain said the baby
had been taken by a dingo. Filmed in Australia, Streep won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best
Actress in a Leading Role, a Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Critics Circle
Award for Best Actress and was nominated for several other awards for her portrayal of Chamberlain.
Chamberlain has recently been vindicated in her claim that the baby was taken by a dingo.
In She-Devil (1989), Streep played her first comedic film role, opposite Roseanne Barr. Richard Corliss,
writing for Time, commented that Streep was the "one reason" to see the film and observed that it marked a
departure from the type of role for which she had been known, saying, "Surprise! Inside the Greer Garson
roles Streep usually plays, a vixenish Carole Lombard is screaming to be cut loose."[45]
1990s

Meryl Streep at the 32nd Grammy Awards in 1990.

In the 1990s, Streep continued to choose a great variety of roles. From 1984 to 1990, she won six People's
Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actress, and in 1990 was named World Favorite. Biographer
Karen Hollinger described this period as a downturn in the popularity of Streep's films, attributing this partly
to a critical perception that her comedies had been an attempt to convey a lighter image following several
serious but commercially unsuccessful dramas, and more significantly to the lack of options available to an
actress in her forties.[46] Streep commented that she had limited her options by her preference to work in Los
Angeles, close to her family,[46] a situation that she had anticipated in a 1981 interview when she
commented, "By the time an actress hits her mid-forties, no one's interested in her anymore. And if you want
to fit a couple of babies into that schedule as well, you've got to pick your parts with great care."[39]
Streep played a drug-addicted movie actress in a screen adaptation of Carrie Fisher's novel Postcards from
the Edge, with Dennis Quaid and Shirley MacLaine. Streep and Goldie Hawn had established a friendship
and were interested in making a film together. After considering various projects, they decided upon Thelma
and Louise, until Streep's pregnancy coincided with the filming schedule, and the producers decided to
proceed with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.[28] They subsequently filmed the farcical black comedy,
Death Becomes Her, with Bruce Willis as their co-star. Time's Richard Corliss wrote approvingly of Streep's
"wicked-witch routine" but dismissed the film as "She-Devil with a make-over".[47]

In 1995, Streep played opposite Clint Eastwood in the love story The Bridges of Madison County (1995).
Based on a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller,[48] it relates the story of Robert Kincaid (Eastwood), a
photographer working for National Geographic, who has a love affair with a middle-aged Italian farm wife
in Iowa named Francesca (Streep). Streep and Eastwood got along famously during production and such was
their on-screen chemistry that a number of people believed that the two were having an affair off-camera,
although this was denied by both.[49] The film was a hit at the box office and grossed $70 million in the
United States.[50] The film, unlike the novel, surprised film critics and was warmly received. Janet Maslin of
The New York Times wrote that Clint had managed to create "a moving, elegiac love story at the heart of Mr.
Waller's self-congratulatory overkill", while Joe Morgenstern of the The Wall Street Journal described The
Bridges of Madison County as "one of the most pleasurable films in recent memory".[50]
In 1996, Streep starred as Lee in Marvin's Room, an adaptation of the play by Scott McPherson. Diane
Keaton played her estranged sister Bessie, a woman battling leukemia, although Streep had initially been
considered for the role. The film also starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio as Streep's rebellious son. Roger
Ebert stated that "Streep and Keaton, in their different styles, find ways to make Lee and Bessie into much
more than the expression of their problems."[51] Although critically acclaimed, the film was not released on a
wide scale. Streep, however, earned another Golden Globe nomination for the film.[52]
In 1999, Streep portrayed Roberta Guaspari, a real-life New Yorker who found passion and enlightenment
teaching violin to inner-city kids in East Harlem, in the music drama Music of the Heart. A departure from
director Wes Cravens previous work on films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream series, Streep
replaced singer Madonna who left the project before filming began due to creative differences with Craven.
Required to perform on the violin, Streep went through two months of intense training, four to six hours a
day.[53]
2000s
Main article: Meryl Streep in the 2000s

Streep entered the 2000s with Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a science fiction film about a
childlike android, played by Haley Joel Osment, uniquely programmed with the ability to love, voicing the
Blue Fairy.[54] The same year, Streep co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert concert with Liam
Neeson which was held in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2001 in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize
laureate, the United Nations and Kofi Annan.[55]
In 2002, Streep returned to the stage for the first time in more than twenty years, playing Arkadina in The
Public Theater's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Kevin
Kline, Natalie Portman, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.[56] The same year, she began work on Spike Jonze's
comedy-drama Adaptation (2002), in which she portrayed real-life journalist Susan Orlean. Lauded by
critics and viewers alike,[57] the film won Streep her fourth Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actress
category.[52] Also in 2002, Streep appeared alongside Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in Stephen
Daldry's The Hours, based on the 1999 novel by Michael Cunningham. Focusing on three women of
different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, the film
was generally well received and won all three leading actresses a Silver Bear for Best Actress the following
year.[52]

Streep in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2004.

The following year, Streep had a cameo as herself in the Farrelly brothers comedy Stuck on You (2003) and
reunited with Mike Nichols to star with Al Pacino and Emma Thompson in the HBO adaptation of Tony
Kushner's six-hour play Angels in America, the story of two couples whose
relationships dissolve amidst the backdrop of Reagan Era politics. Streep, who was cast in four roles in the
mini-series, received her second Emmy Award and fifth Golden Globe for her performance.[52] In 2004,
Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award by the Board of Directors of the American Film
Institute.[52] She appeared in Jonathan Demme's moderately successful remake of The Manchurian
Candidate,[58] co-starring Denzel Washington, playing the role of a woman who is both a U.S. senator and
the manipulative, ruthless mother of a vice-presidential candidate.[59] The same year, she played the
supporting role of Aunt Josephine in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events alongside Jim Carrey,
based on the first three novels in Snicket's book series. The black comedy received generally favorable
reviews from critics,[60] and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.[61] Inspired by her love of Giverny,
France and Claude Monet Streep did the narration for the film Monet's Palate, with Alice Waters, Steve
Wynn, Daniel Boulud and Helen Rappel Bordman.[62][63]
Streep was next cast in the 2005 comedy Prime, directed by Ben Younger. In the film, she played Lisa
Metzger, the Jewish psychoanalyst of a divorced and lonesome business-woman, played by Uma Thurman,
who enters a relationship with Metzger's 23-year-old son (Bryan Greenberg). A modest mainstream success,
it eventually grossed US$67.9 million internationally.[64] In August and September 2006, she starred onstage
at The Public Theater's production of Mother Courage and Her Children at the Delacorte Theatre in Central
Park.[65] The Public Theater production was a new translation by playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in
America), with songs in the Weill/Brecht style written by composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change);
veteran director George C. Wolfe was at the helm. Streep starred alongside Kevin Kline and Austin
Pendleton in this three-and-a-half-hour play in which she sang and appeared in almost every scene.
Also in 2006, Streep, along with Lily Tomlin, portrayed the last two members of what was once a popular
family country music act in Robert Altman's final film A Prairie Home Companion. A comedic ensemble
piece featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline and Woody Harrelson, the film revolves around the behindthe-scenes activities at the long-running public radio show of the same name. The film grossed over US$26
million, the majority of which came from domestic markets.[66] Commercially, Streep fared better with a role
in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), a loose screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same
name. Streep portrayed the powerful and demanding Miranda Priestly, fashion magazine editor (and boss of
a recent college graduate played by Anne Hathaway), and her performance drew rave reviews from critics
and earned her many award nominations, including her record-setting 14th Oscar bid, as well as another
Golden Globe. Upon its commercial release, the film became Streep's biggest commercial success yet,
grossing more than US$326.5 million worldwide.[67]

Streep with her fellow cast and all four members of ABBA at the Swedish premiere of Mamma
Mia! in July 2008.

In 2007, Streep was cast in four films. She portrayed a wealthy university patron in Chen Shi-zheng's muchdelayed feature drama Dark Matter (2007), a film about a Chinese science graduate student who becomes
violent after dealing with academic politics at a U.S. university. Inspired by the events of the 1991
University of Iowa shooting,[68] and initially scheduled for a 2007 release, producers and investors decided to
shelve Dark Matter out of respect for the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007.[69] The drama received
negative to mixed reviews upon its limited 2008 release.[70] Streep played a U.S. government official who
investigates an Egyptian foreign national suspected of terrorism in the political thriller Rendition (2007),
directed by Gavin Hood.[71] Keen to get involved in a thriller film, Streep welcomed the opportunity to star
in a film genre for which she was not usually offered scripts and immediately signed on to the project.[72]
Upon its release, Rendition was less commercially successful,[73] and received mixed reviews.[74]
Also in 2007, Streep had a short role alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close and her eldest daughter
Mamie Gummer in Lajos Koltai's drama film Evening, based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Susan
Minot. Switching between the present and the past, it tells the story of a bedridden woman, who remembers
her tumultuous life in the mid-1950s.[75] The film was released to lukewarm reactions by critics, who called
it "beautifully filmed, but decidedly dull [and] a colossal waste of a talented cast."[76][77] Streep's last film of
2007 was Robert Redfords Lions for Lambs, a film about the connection between a platoon of United States
soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. senator, a reporter, and a California college professor.
In 2008, Streep found major commercial success when she starred in Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia!, a film
adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA. Co-starring
Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgrd and Colin Firth, Streep played a single mother and a
former backing singer, whose daughter (Seyfried), a bride-to-be who never met her father, invites three
likely paternal candidates to her wedding on an idyllic Greek island.[78] An instant box office success,
Mamma Mia! became Streep's highest-grossing film to date, with box office receipts of US$602.6 million,[79]
also ranking it first among the highest-grossing musical films of all-time.[80] Nominated for another Golden
Globe, Streep's performance was generally well received by critics, with Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe
commenting "the greatest actor in American movies has finally become a movie star."[81]
Streep's other film of 2008 was Doubt featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis. A
drama revolving around the stern principal nun (Streep) of a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 who brings
charges of pedophilia against a popular priest (Hoffman), the film became a moderate box office success,[82]
but was hailed by many critics as one of the best of 2008.[83] The film received five Academy Awards
nominations, for its four lead actors and for Shanley's script.[52]
In 2009, Streep played chef Julia Child in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia, co-starring Amy Adams and Stanley
Tucci. The first major motion picture based on a blog, it contrasts the life of Child in the early years of her
culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell (Adams), who aspires to cook all 524 recipes
in Child's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days, a challenge she described on her
popular blog, The Julie/Julia Project, that would make her a published author. The same year, Streep also
starred in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy It's Complicated, with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. She also

received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
for both of these films and won the award for the former.[84] Streep later received her 16th Oscar nomination
for Julie & Julia.[85] She also lent her voice to Mrs. Felicity Fox in the stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox.
2010s

Streep at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in January 2012.

Streep's first film of the 2010s was Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady (2011), a British biographical film about
Margaret Thatcher, which takes a look at the Prime Minister during the Falklands War and her years in
retirement.[86] Streep, who sat through a session at the House of Commons to observe British MPs in action
in preparation for her role,[87] called her cast "a daunting and exciting challenge," and further added: "I am
trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher
possesses I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own."[88] While the film met with mixed
critics, Streep's performance got rave reviews, earning her Best Actress awards at the Golden Globes and the
BAFTAs as well as her third win at the 84th Academy Awards.[89][90][91]
In 2012, Streep reunited with David Frankel on the set of the comedy-drama film Hope Springs, co-starring
Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. In it, Streep and Jones play a middle-aged couple, who attend a week of
intensive marriage counseling to try to bring back the intimacy missing in their relationship.[92] Reviews for
the film were mostly positive, with critics praising the "mesmerizing performances from Meryl Streep and
Tommy Lee Jones" which offer "filmgoers some grown-up laughs -- and a thoughtful look at mature
relationships".[93]
Streep will star alongside Julia Roberts in the upcoming film August: Osage County, which is being filmed
on-site in Oklahoma as of September 2012 and is slated for release in mid-2013. The film is based on Tracy
Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name and is being directed by John Wells. In September
2012, it was reported that Streep along with Hilary Swank will join the production of The Homesman,
Tommy Lee Jones' sophomore directorial effort.[94]

Accents and dialects


Streep is well known for her ability to imitate foreign and domestic accents,[27] from Danish in Out of Africa
(1985); to British RP in Plenty (also 1985), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) and The Iron Lady
(2011); and from Italian in The Bridges of Madison County (1995); to a Minnesota accent in A Prairie
Home Companion (2006). In A Cry in the Dark (1988), critics were impressed with Streep's ability to master

an Australian accent with shades of New Zealand English.[95] For her role in the film Sophie's Choice (1982),
she spoke in a Polish accent, and took language courses as the role required her to speak both German and
Polish fluently in key scenes. In The Iron Lady, she reproduced the vocal style of Margaret Thatcher, from
the time before she became Britain's Prime Minister, and after she had taken elocution lessons to change her
pitch, pronunciation and delivery. Despite the accolades accorded to her, Streep has emphasised that
adopting accents is an element she simply considers an obvious part of creating a character. When asked
whether accents helped her get into character, she responded, "I'm always baffled by this question... How
could I play that part and talk like me?" When questioned as to how she reproduces different accents, Streep
replied, "I listen."[96]

Music
After Streep appeared in Mamma Mia!, her rendition of the song "Mamma Mia" rose to popularity in the
Portuguese music charts, where it peaked at #8 in October 2008.[97]
At the 35th People's Choice Awards, her version of Mamma Mia won an award for "Favorite Song From A
Soundtrack".[98] In 2008, Streep was nominated for a Grammy Award (her fifth nomination) for her work on
the Mamma Mia! soundtrack.

Philanthropy
Streep is the spokesperson for the National Women's History Museum, to which she has donated a
significant amount of money (including her fee for The Iron Lady) and hosted numerous events.[99]
On October 4, 2012, Streep donated $1 million dollars to The Public Theater in honor of both its late
founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron.[100]

Awards and nominations


Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Meryl Streep
Academy Awards[101]
Yea
r

Film

197
8

The Deer Hunter

197
9

Kramer vs. Kramer

Category

Best Supporting
Actress

198 The French Lieutenant's


1
Woman

Result
Nominat
ed
Won
Nominat
ed

198
2

Sophie's Choice

198
3

Silkwood

198
5

Out of Africa

Nominat
ed

198
7

Ironweed

Nominat
ed

Won
Best Actress

Nominat
ed

198
8

Nominat
ed

A Cry in the Dark

199
Postcards from the Edge
0

Nominat
ed

199 The Bridges of Madison


5
County

Nominat
ed

199
8

One True Thing

Nominat
ed

199
9

Music of the Heart

Nominat
ed

200
2

Adaptation.

200
6

The Devil Wears Prada

Nominat
ed

200
8

Doubt

Nominat
ed

200
9

Julie & Julia

Nominat
ed

201
1

The Iron Lady

Won

Best Supporting
Actress

Best Actress

Nominat
ed

Streep has been recognized with multiple awards and nominations for her work in film, television, and
music. She holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated
17 times since her first nomination in 1979 for her performance in The Deer Hunter (fourteen for Best
Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress) five more than both Katharine Hepburn and Jack
Nicholson, who are tied in second place.[102] With her third Oscar win for her performance as Margaret
Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) in 2012, Streep became the fifth performer to receive three Academy
Awards: Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman and Walter Brennan all earned three, while Hepburn won four.[103]

Streep receiving her honorary degree from Harvard University on May 27, 2010.

In 2009, Streep became the most-nominated performer in Golden Globe Awards history when her double
lead actress nods for Doubt (2008) and Mamma Mia! (2008) gave her 23 in total, breaking the tie with Jack
Lemmon, who had received 22 lead nominations before his death in 2001.[104] The following year, Streep
surpassed Jack Nicholson and Angela Lansbury, with six Golden Globe awards wins each, after receiving
her seventh Globe for her performance as Julia Child in Julie & Julia (2009).[104] In 2012, she broke her own
record when she garnered her 26th nomination and overall eighth win for The Iron Lady at the 69th Golden
Globe Awards.
Streep holds the BAFTA record for most nominations at 14 in total.[105] She received her second Best Actress
award for The Iron Lady at the 65th ceremony in February 2012, following her first win in 1981 for her
performance in Sophie's Choice (1981).[105]
In 1983, Yale University, from which Streep graduated in 1975,[106] awarded her an honorary degree, a
Doctorate of Fine Arts.[107] The first university to award her an honorary degree was Dartmouth College,
where she spent time as a transfer student in 1970, in 1981. In 1998, Women in Film awarded Streep with
the Crystal Award, an honor for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of
their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.[108] The same year,
she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, she was awarded a George Eastman Award,
given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.[109]
In 2003, Streep was awarded an honorary Csar Award by the French Acadmie des Arts et Techniques du
Cinma. In 2004, at the Moscow International Film Festival, she was honored with the Stanislavsky Award
for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's
school. Also in 2004, she received the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2008, Streep was inducted into the
New Jersey Hall of Fame.[110] In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by Princeton
University.[111] In 2010, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was awarded an
honorary Doctor of Arts degree by Harvard University.[112][113] On December 4, 2011, Streep, along with Neil
Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Barbara Cook, received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honor. On
February 14, 2012, she received the Honorary Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.[114]
[115]

Selected filmography
Main article: Meryl Streep filmography
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r

film

197
The Deer Hunter
8

197
Manhattan
9

role

Notes

Linda

American Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress


National Society of Film Critics Award for Best
Supporting Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting
Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting
Actress Motion Picture

Jill

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best


Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting
Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best
Supporting Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Supporting Role

yea
r

film

role

Notes

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress


Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best
Supporting Actress
197
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting
Kramer vs. Kramer Joanna Kramer
9
Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best
Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting
Actress (and also The Seduction of Joe Tynan)
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role

Sarah/Anna

BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role


Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture
Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best
Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress

198
Sophie's Choice
2

Sophie
Zawistowski

Academy Award for Best Actress


Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture
Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best
Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role

198
Silkwood
3

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress


Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Karen Silkwood
Leading Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama

198
Falling in Love
4

Molly Gilmore

The French
198
Lieutenant's
1
Woman

198 Out of Africa


5

Karen Blixen

David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress


(Migliore Attrice Straniero)
David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress
(Migliore Attrice Straniero)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best
Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress

yea
r

film

role

Notes
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama

198
Heartburn
6

Rachel
Samstat

Valladolid International Film Festival for Best Actress

198
Ironweed
7

Helen Archer

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress

198
A Cry in the Dark
8

Lindy
Chamberlain

Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a


Leading Role
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Best Actress Award (Cannes Film Festival)
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama

198
She-Devil
9

Mary Fisher

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress


Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

199 Postcards from the


Suzanne Vale
0
Edge

American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a


Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

199 Death Becomes


2
Her

Madeline
Ashton

Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actress


Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Gail

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress


Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Leading Role

199 The Bridges of


5
Madison County

Francesca
Johnson

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress


Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Leading Role

199 Marvin's Room


6

Lee

199
The River Wild
4

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress


Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting
Actress
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

yea
r

film

role

Notes

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress


Miniseries or Television Film
199
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
...First Do No Harm Lori Reimuller
7
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress
Miniseries or Television Film

199
One True Thing
8

Kate Gulden

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress


Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting
Actress Motion Picture
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Leading Role

199 Dancing at
8
Lughnasa

Kate Mundy

Nominated - Irish Film and Television Awardsfor Best


Actor in a Female Role

199
Roberta
Music of the Heart
9
Guaspari

200 Adaptation.
2

Susan Orlean

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress


Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Leading Role
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best
Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting
Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress Motion
Picture
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best
Supporting Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting
Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Supporting Role
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for
Actress of the Year
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best
Supporting Actress
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for
Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for
Best Cast

yea
r

film

role

Notes
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

200
The Hours
2

Clarissa
Vaughan

Silver Bear for Best Actress in Berlin International Film


Festival (with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman)
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for
Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for
Best Cast
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting
Actress Motion Picture
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Miniseries or


Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress
Ethel
in a Miniseries or a Movie
Rosenberg
Satellite Award for Best Actress Miniseries or
200
Angels in America The Rabbi
Television Film
3
Hannah Pitt
Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama
Angel Australia Special
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding
Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or
Television Movie

200 The Manchurian


4
Candidate

Eleanor Shaw

200 The Devil Wears


6
Prada

Miranda
Priestly

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a


Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting
Actress Motion Picture
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture
Musical or Comedy
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best
Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress Motion Picture
Musical or Comedy
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Best Actress
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for
Best Actress

yea
r

film

role

Notes
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards for Choice Chemistry
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards for Choice Sleazebag
Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Leading Role
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award
for Best Actress
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for
Actress of the Year

200
Mamma Mia!
8

Donna

200
Doubt
8

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best


Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding
Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award
for Best Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Sister Aloysius Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Beauvier
Leading Role
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Best Cast
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for
Actress of the Year
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

200 Julie & Julia


9

Julia Child

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress


Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best
Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture
Musical or Comedy
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress Motion Picture

yea
r

film

role

Notes
Musical or Comedy
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best
Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a
Leading Role
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for
Actress of the Year
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Leading Role

200
It's Complicated
9

Jane Adler

201 The Iron Lady


1

Margaret
Thatcher

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress


Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Academy Award for Best Actress
AACTA International Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture
Drama
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best
Actress
Nominated - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Best Actress
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best
Actress
Nominated - Houston Film Critics Society Award for
Best Actres
Nominated - Iowa Film Critics Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Irish Film & Television Award for Best
International Actress
Nominated - National Society of Film Critics Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best
Actress
Nominated - Toronto Film Critics Association Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress Motion

yea
r

film

role

Notes
Picture
Nominated - St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association
Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for
Best Actress
Nominated - Washington D.C. Area Film Critics
Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Leading Role

201
Hope Springs
2

Kay Soames

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External links

Official web site


Meryl Streep at the Internet Broadway Database

Meryl Streep at the Internet Movie Database

Meryl Streep at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

Meryl Streep at the TCM Movie Database

Meryl Streep at BAFTA forty-minute webcast, January 2009

Meryl Streep at Emmys.com

Meryl Streep stunned by David Blaine stunt


By WENN.com | Friday, November 30, 2012
The Devil Wears Prada star was a guest speaker at the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation event, but
she was lost for words when Blaine performed his party trick.
Streep was photographed with her hand held to her mouth in shock as the magician grabbed a wine glass
from her table and began to chew on it.
Blaine tells Vulture.com, "I'm not allowed to do it (the trick) often, because I get in trouble for it. But I
really like to do it."