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Date of Birth

Birth Place

Mary Louise Streep

June 22, 1949

Summit, New Jersey

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Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949[1]) is an American actress and singer who has worked in theatre, television, and film. From the 1970s until the present, she has been widely regarded as the most talented and respected film actress of her era.[2][3][4]

 

Streep made her professional stage debut in 1971's The Playboy of Seville, before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season in 1977. In that same year, she made her film debut with Julia. 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 Oscar 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.

 

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Background Information

Born Mary Louise Streep

June 22, 1949 (1949-06-22) (age 62)

Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

Occupation Actress

Years active 1971–present

Spouse Don Gummer

(m.1978–present; 4 children)

Children 4 (including Mamie Gummer and Grace Gummer)

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Early life and background

 

Streep was born Mary Louise Streep in Summit, New Jersey.[5] Her mother, Mary Wolf (née Wilkinson; 1915 - 2001), was a commercial artist and former art editor, and her father, Harry William Streep, Jr. (1910 - 2003), 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 Streeb, emigrated to the United States, and where one of her ancestors served as mayor. Another line of her father's family was from Giswil, a small town in Switzerland. Her maternal ancestry originates in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and partly traces back to 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 were 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 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]

 

Career

 

Early career

 

Streep performed in several theater productions in New York and New Jersey after graduating from Yale School of Drama,[21] including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew with Raúl Juliá, and Measure for Measure opposite Sam Waterston and John Cazale, who became her lover and with whom she lived for three years. She starred on Broadway in the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End, and won an Obie for her performance in the all-sung off-Broadway production of Alice at the Palace.

 

Streep began auditioning for film roles, and later recalled an unsuccessful audition for Dino De Laurentiis for the leading 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 in fluent Italian.[22] 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 her lover, Cazale, who had been diagnosed with bone cancer.[23] 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."[24]

 

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",[24] and had taken the role only because she had needed money.[25] 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",[24] and performed the role of Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park.[26] 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".[25] She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie[27] 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,[28] and that she had not been permitted to improvise a word of her dialogue.[29] 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".[24] Jaffee, Benton and Hoffman agreed with Streep, and the script was revised.[24] In preparing for the part, Streep spoke to her own mother about her life as a mother and housewife with a career,[30] and frequented the Upper East Side neighborhood in which the film was set.[24] Benton allowed Streep to write her dialogue in two of her key scenes, despite some objection from Hoffman.[31] 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."[32]

 

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.[21] 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.[21]

 

1980s

 

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.[33] 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".[34]

 

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.[21] 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. 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.[35] 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."

 

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.[36] 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."[36]

 

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."[37]

 

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.[38] Streep co-starred 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 (1988), she played the biographical role of Lindy Chamberlain, an Australian woman who had been convicted of the murder of her infant daughter in which Chamberlain claimed her 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.

 

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."[39]

 

1990s

 

From 1984 to 1990, Streep won six People's Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actress and, in 1990, was named World Favorite.

 

In the 1990s, Streep continued to choose a great variety of roles, including 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.[22] 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".[40]

 

Biographer Karen Hollinger describes this period as a downturn in the popularity of Streep's films, which reached its nadir with the failure of Death Becomes Her, 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.[41][clarification needed] Streep commented that she had limited her options by her preference to work in Los Angeles, close to her family,[41] 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."[33]

 

Streep appeared with Glenn Close in the movie version of Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits; the screen adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County with Clint Eastwood; The River Wild; Marvin's Room (with Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio); One True Thing; and Music of the Heart, in a role that required her to learn to play the violin, She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for "The Bridges of Madison County", "Music of the Heart" (where she plays the role of Roberta Guaspari) and "One True Thing".

 

2000s

 

Streep entered the 2000s with Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a science fiction film about a child-like android, played by Haley Joel Osment, uniquely programmed with the ability to love, voicing the Blue Fairy.[42] The same year, Streep co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert with Liam Neeson in Oslo, Norway, and 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,[43] the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, and won Streep her fourth Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actress category.[44] Also in 2002, Streep appeared alongside Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in Stephen Daldry's The Hours, based on the 1999 novel of the same title 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.[44]

 

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.[44] In 2004, Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award by the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute,[44] and appeared in Jonathan Demme's moderately successful remake The Manchurian Candidate,[45] co-starring Denzel Washington, playing a U.S. senator and a manipulative, ruthless mother of a vice-presidential candidate.[46] 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,[47] and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.[48]

 

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.[49] 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 behind-the-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.[50] 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. Portraying the powerful and demanding fashion magazine editor and boss of a recent college graduate (played by Anne Hathaway) Miranda Priestly, Streep's performance drew rave reviews from critics and later 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.[51]

 

In 2007, Streep was cast in four films. She portrayed a wealthy university patron in Chen Shi-zheng's much-delayed 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,[52] 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.[53] The drama received negative to mixed reviews upon its limited 2008 release.[54] Streep played a U.S. government official, who investigates an Egyptian foreign national in Washington, D.C., suspected of terrorism in the Middle East, in the political thriller Rendition (2007), directed by Gavin Hood.[55] Keen to get involved into 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.[56] Upon its release, Rendition was less commercially successful,[57] and received mixed reviews.[58]

 

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.[59] 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."[60][61] 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, 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.[62] An instant box office success, Mamma Mia! became Streep's highest-grossing film to date, with box office receipts of US$602.6 million,[63] also ranking it first among the highest-grossing musical films of all-time.[64] 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."[65] 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,[66] but was hailed by many critics as one of the best of 2008.[67] The film received five Academy Awards nominations, for its four lead actors and for Shanley's script.[44]

 

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.[68] Streep later received her 16th Oscar nomination for Julie & Julia.[69] She also lent her voice to Mrs. Felicity Fox in the stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

 

2010s

 

In July 2010, it was announced that Streep will star in an upcoming comedy entitled Mommy & Me alongside Tina Fey who will play her daughter. The film is being directed by Stanley Tucci.[70] Streep portrayed Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, a look at the Prime Minister during the Falklands War and her years in retirement.[71] For this role, Streep won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[72][73][74]

 

Accents and dialects

 

Streep is well known for her ability to imitate foreign and domestic accents,[21] from Danish in Out of Africa (1985), to British RP in Plenty (also 1985), The French Lieutenant's Woman and The Iron Lady (2011), to Italian in The Bridges of Madison County (1995), to a Midwestern dialect in A Prairie Home Companion (2006). In A Cry in the Dark (1988), most critics were impressed with Streep's performance and ability to master an Australian accent.[75] For her role in the film Sophie's Choice (1982), she took a language course in Polish for four months,[21] in order to accurately display a Polish accent. 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 responded to praise with the assertion that adopting accents is an element that she simply considers an obvious part of her task in creating characters. When asked whether accents help 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."[76]

 

Theatre

 

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. Once Streep's film career flourished, she took a long break from stage acting.

 

In July 2001, 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. The staging, directed by Mike Nichols, also featured Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Marcia Gay Harden, and John Goodman.

 

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.[77] 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.

 

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.[78]

 

At the 35th People's Choice Awards, her version of Mamma Mia won an award for "Favorite Song From A Soundtrack".[79] 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. [80]

 

Personal life

 

Streep lived with actor John Cazale for three years until his death in March 1978.[81][82] Streep married sculptor Don Gummer on September 15, 1978.[83] They have four children: Henry "Hank" 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] Hank is a musician who performs under the name Henry Wolfe.[84]

 

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."[85] 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?”[86]

 

Awards

 

Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated seventeen times since her first nomination in 1979 for The Deer Hunter (fourteen for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress). Streep is also the most-nominated performer for a Golden Globe Award (with 26 nominations) and, with her overall eighth win for The Iron Lady in 2012, has won the most Golden Globes (excluding special awards).

 

In 1983, Yale - from which Streep had graduated in 1975 [87] - was the first university to award her an honorary degree, a Doctorate of Fine Arts. [88] In 1998, Women in Film awarded Streep with the Crystal Award for outstanding women who have helped expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.[89]

 

In 2003, Streep was awarded an honorary César Award by the French Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. In 2004, at the Moscow International Film Festival, Streep 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, Streep received the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by Princeton University.[90] 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.[91][92]

 

Streep received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, and May 27, 2004 was proclaimed "Meryl Streep Day" by Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields.

 

In 2008, Streep was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.[93]

 

On December 4, 2011 (program aired on CBS-TV on December 27, 2011), Streep received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honor (along with Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Barbara Cook).

 

On February 12, 2012, Streep received the 2012 BAFTA award for best actress for the movie The Iron Lady.[94]

 

On February 14, 2012, Streep received the Honorary Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.[95] She previously won the Berlinale Camera at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival in 1999.[96]

 

On February 26, 2012, Streep received the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Iron Lady.

 

Filmography

 

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1978

The Deer Hunter

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

1979

Manhattan

Jill

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (also for The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Kramer vs. Kramer)

National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress (also for The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Kramer vs. Kramer)

National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (also for The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Kramer vs. Kramer)

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1979

Kramer vs. Kramer

Joanna Kramer

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 (also for The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Manhattan)

National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress (also for Manhattan and The Seduction of Joe Tynan)

National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (also for The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Manhattan)

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

1981

The French Lieutenant's Woman

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

1982

Sophie's Choice

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

1983

Silkwood

Karen Silkwood

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

1985

Out of Africa

Karen Blixen

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

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

1987

Ironweed

Helen Archer

Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress

1988

A Cry in the Dark

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

1990

Postcards from the Edge

Suzanne Vale

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

1995

The Bridges of 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

1998

One True Thing

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

1999

Music of the Heart

Roberta Guaspari

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

2002

Adaptation.

Susan Orlean

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

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

2002

The Hours

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

2004

The Manchurian Candidate

Eleanor Shaw

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

2006

The Devil Wears Prada

Miranda Priestly

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

Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Villain

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

2008

Mamma Mia!

Donna

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

2008

Doubt

Sister Aloysius Beauvier

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

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a 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

2009

Julie & Julia

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 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

2009

It's Complicated

Jane Adler

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

2011

The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher

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

UK's Annual Regional Film Awards for Best Actress

Nominated - Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actress

Nominated - Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Nominated - Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Female Icon Award

Nominated - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (runner-up)

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 Picture Drama

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

 

See also

 

List of people from New Jersey

List of American actresses

List of actors with two or more Academy Awards in acting categories

 

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Finding Herself: The Prime of Meryl Streep by Molly Haskell, Film Comment, May/June 2008.

Hollinger, Karen (2006). The Actress – Hollywood Acting and the Female Star. Routledge. ISBN 0415977924. http://books.google.com/?id=89W0QMDjA7gC&pg=PA71&dq=Meryl+Streep#PPA76,M1.

 

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