Jun. 22nd, 1949
Summit, New Jersey, USA
Meryl Streep's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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 "...no matter what happens, my work will stand..."
- Friend of 'Jill Clayburgh' (qv). First met in their roles as mothers.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1977" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 29.
- Presented 'Paul McCartney' (qv) with the 1990 Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Attended 'The Beatles' (qv) concert at Shea Stadium in 1965 with an "I love Paul" sign, which she mentioned when presenting the award to McCartney.
- She attended Harding Township Middle School, in Harding, New Jersey for 1 or 2 years
- British actress 'Julie Christie (I)' (qv) is one of her huge fans.
- Mentioned by first name only (with two-time co-star 'Jack Nicholson' (qv)) in 'Michael Crichton' (qv)'s 2004 novel "State of Fear.".
- 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).
- Is the second of 4 consecutive winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to have the initials "M.S.". The others are: 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) - _California Suite (1978)_ (qv), 'Mary Steenburgen' (qv) - _Melvin and Howard (1980)_ (qv), and 'Maureen Stapleton' (qv) - _Reds (1981)_ (qv).