Jun. 22nd, 1949
Summit, New Jersey, USA
Guest TV Roles
Inga Helms Weiss
Herself (segment "The Many Meryls")
Herself - Celebrity traveller
Herself - Guest
Considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 15 times, and has won it twice. 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 Evil Angels (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..."
- Measurements: 34B-26-36 (from film SFX torso mold done in 1982) (source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
- Her accumulation of 12 Oscar nominations (2 wins) was accomplished over a period of only 21 years, with an additional 2 nominations by 2007 (11 leads/3 support). 'Bette Davis' (qv) scored 10 nominations (2 wins) over 28 years (all leading roles). 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) garnered 12 nominations (4 wins) after a relatively lengthy 48 years (all leading roles).
- Her performance as "Sophie Zawistowska" in _Sophie's Choice (1982)_ (qv) is ranked #3 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
- Tony Nominee in 1976 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for 'Tennessee Williams' (qv)' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton.".
- (2000) Named an Officer of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
- Acting career began on the stage.