Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

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Jun. 22nd, 1949
Born in
Summit, New Jersey, USA
5' 6

Meryl Streep's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Simpsons TV Show
The Simpsons
Angels in America TV Show
Angels in America
At the Movies (AU) TV Show
At the Movies (AU)
The Directors TV Show
The Directors

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Ricki And The Flash
2015 - Suffragette
2014 - The Homesman
2014 - Into the Woods
2014 - The Giver
2013 - August: Osage County
2013 - Girl Rising
2012 - Hope Springs
2009 - Fantastic Mr. Fox
2009 - I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
2009 - Julie & Julia
2009 - It's Complicated
2008 - Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
2008 - Doubt
2008 - Mamma Mia!
2007 - Lions for Lambs
2007 - Rendition
2007 - Evening
2006 - A Prairie Home Companion
2006 - The Devil Wears Prada
2006 - The Ant Bully
2006 - Hurricane on the Bayou
2005 - Prime
2005 - Stolen Childhoods
2004 - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
2004 - The Manchurian Candidate
2003 - Stuck on You
2002 - The Hours
2002 - Adaptation.
2001 - Artificial Intelligence: AI
1999 - Music of the Heart
1998 - Dancing at Lughnasa
1998 - One True Thing
1996 - Marvin's Room
1996 - Before and After
1995 - The Living Sea
1993 - The House of the Spirits
1992 - Death Becomes Her
1991 - Defending Your Life
1990 - Postcards from the Edge
1989 - She-Devil
1987 - Ironweed
1986 - Heartburn
1985 - Plenty
1985 - Out of Africa
1983 - Silkwood
1982 - Still of the Night
1982 - Sophie's Choice
1981 - The French Lieutenant's Woman
1981 - The French Lieutenant's Woman
1979 - The Seduction of Joe Tynan
1979 - Manhattan
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
1978 - The Deer Hunter
1977 - Julia

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Narrator (Voiced)
Inga Helms Weiss
Herself (segment "The Many Meryls")
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
Camilla Bowner
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
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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). A realist when she talks about her future years in film, she remarked that " matter what happens, my work will stand..."

  • Uses music, most often Classical, to get into character.
  • She and her daughter 'Mamie Gummer' (qv) portrayed the same role at different ages in 'Evening' (2007).
  • The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is five years, between _Postcards from the Edge (1990)_ (qv) and _The Bridges of Madison County (1995)_ (qv).
  • Spent a year as a transfer student at Dartmouth College where she participated in theater.
  • Early in her career, Streep received a letter from 'Bette Davis' (qv), 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)_ (qv), a record later surpassed by 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) with her 11th nomination (and 3rd win) for _The Lion in Winter (1968)_ (qv). Hepburn extended her record with her 12th nomination (and fourth win) for _On Golden Pond (1981)_ (qv), a record ironically eclipsed by by Streep--the actress anointed Davis' successor--with her own 13th nod for _Adaptation. (2002)_ (qv).
  • Holds the record as the female actor with the most Golden Globe wins, with six wins. 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) is the male actor with the most wins, also at six.
  • Tony Nominee in 1976 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for 'Tennessee Williams' (qv)' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton.".
  • Daughter of 'Mary Streep' (qv) and Harry Streep (a pharmaceutical executive). Sister of 'Dana Streep' (qv).

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