Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Her role as Linda in 'The Deer Hunter' (1978)
Background: One only need look at Meryl Streep's long list of Oscar nominations to realize she is in a league all her own. With the uncanny abilityto emerge herself within her characters, she possesses an acting talent rarely seen. From comedy to drama Meryl's remarkable span ofcharacters have earned her 13 Academy Award nominations, making her one of the greatest actresses of all time and so far, the best actressof our generation. She now has more nominations than any actor in Hollywood's history, with Katharine Hepburn previously holding therecord at 12.Meryl is an actor, wife, mother of 4, intelligent, attractive and still going strong. Meticulous in her craft, devoted to her family,Meryl is an outstanding actor and busy lady. Actor Diane Keaton refers to Meryl as "my generation's genius.""You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing." Meryl Streep"There are some days when even I think I'm overrated, but not today." Meryl Streep, from Emmy acceptance speech for Angels in America(2003).Degrees in DramaChildhood and Family: Talented Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to parents Harry (pharmaceutical company executive) and Mary(commercial artist). She has a younger brother named Dana.In Bernardsville High School in Bernardsville, NJ., Meryl Streep became interested in acting and appeared in several schoolproductions. She maintained good grades, was voted Homecoming Queen, and was a cheerleader. Streep furthered her drama education byattending Vassar College in New York, where she studied English and Drama and graduated in 1971, Dartmouth College in New Hamshire andYale University in Connecticut where she graduated in 1975.In September of 1978 Meryl married Donald J. Gummer (sculptor). They have four children: Henry (born 1979), Mary (born 1983), Grace (born1986) and Louisa (born 1991).Academy Quality ActingCareer: After college Meryl began her career with off-Broadway in New York. On Broadway she was nominated for a Tony for Tennessee Williams' 27Wagons Full of Cotton. From her starting moments in acting, Meryl excelled.Some of Meryl's early work includes TV's Secret Service (1977), The Deadliest Season (1977) and the mini series Holocaust (1978) for whichshe earned an Emmy. Her performance in the highly praised war drama The Deer Hunter (1978, starring Robert De Niro, John Savage andChristopher Walken) would start her on her legacy of Oscar nominations.Meryl's list of movie accomplishments is astounding. In the 1970's Meryl continued in movies like Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979), TheSeduction of Joe Tynan (1979) and the hugely successful Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), also starring Dustin Hoffman.In the 80's Meryl's career included roles in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Still of the Night (1982) and her phenomenal performanceas Sophie in the heartbreaking movie Sophie's Choice (1982), also starring Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Meryl's amazing careercontinues with roles in Silkwood (1983), Falling in Love (1984), Plenty (1985), Out of Africa (1985), Heartburn (1986), Ironweed(1987), A Cry in the Dark (1988), and She-Devil (1989).Meryl is an unstoppable force and the 1990's proved to be no exception to her remarkable acting career. Roles in such featurefilms as: Postcards from the Edge (1990), Defending Your Life (1991), Death Becomes Her (1992), The House of the Spirits (1993), The RiverWild (1994), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Before and After (1996), Marvin's Room (1996), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), One TrueThing (1998), Chrysanthemum (1999) and Music of the Heart (1999).Meryl's career is nothing less than remarkable. In 2002 she starred with Nicolas Cage in the drama Adaptation; Nicole Kidman and JulianneMoore in the drama The Hours (2002); Al Pacino in the mini series Angels in America (2003); Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber in TheManchurian Candidate (2004); and Jim Carrey and Jude Law in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).Meryl will soon be seen Prime (2005), Dark Matter (2005), Flora Plum (2005), Conquistadora (2005), Chaos (2006) and the comedy A PrairieHome Companion (2006).Awards: Emmy, Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Angels in America, 2004 Golden Globe, Best Supporting Actress, Adaptation, 2003 Independent Features Project, Gotham Award for Lifetime Achievement, 1999 Women in Film Crystal Award, 1998 People's Choice, World Favorite Movie Actress, 1990 People's Choice, Favorite Movie Actress, 1990 Cannes Film Festival, Best Actress, A Cry in the Dark, 1990 People's Choice, Favorite Movie Actress, 1989 People's Choice, Favorite Movie Actress, 1983 Oscar: Best Actress, Sophie's Choice, 1982 Golden Globe, Best Actress in a Motion Picture (drama), Sophie's Choice, 1982 New York Film Critics Circle, Best Actress, Sophie's Choice, 1982 Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Actress, Sophie's Choice, 1982 Oscar, Best Supporting Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979 Golden Globe, Best Supporting Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979 Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Supporting Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Manhattan, 1979 New York Film Critics Circle, Best Supporting Actress, The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979 National Board of Review, Best Supporting Actress, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Manhattan and Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979
I have four to five months, tops, per year to give to my acting work.More Meryl Streep quotes [10/03/2011 12:10:37]
My feeling about fears is, if you voice your fears, they may come true. I'm superstitious enough to believe that.More Meryl Streep quotes [10/03/2011 12:10:40]
On every film, the clothes are half the battle in creating the character. I have a great deal of opinion about how my people are presented. We show a great deal by what we put on our bodies.More Meryl Streep quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We change who we are to fit the exogenous of our time, and not just strategically or to our own advantage, sometimes sympathetically without our even knowing it for the betterment of the whole group.More Meryl Streep quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
That's my way in the very beginning - how to enter it [a role]. Very quickly in the process, I don't think about voice being separate from the way you hold your head or the way you sit or the way you put on lipstick. It's all a piece of a person, and it's all driven by conviction.More Meryl Streep quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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