Meryl Streep

  • Born: June 22, 1949 in Summit, NJ
  • Notable Works:
    • Kramer vs. Kramer (1972)
    • Sophie’s Choice (1982)
    • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  • Academy Award Nominations:
    • 1979 Best Supporting Actress for The Deer Hunter
    • 1980 Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (won)
    • 1982 Best Actress for The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    • 1983 Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice (won)
    • 1984 Best Actress for Silkwood
    • 1986 Best Actress for Out of Africa
    • 1988 Best Actress for Ironweed
    • 1989 Best Actress for Evil Angels
    • 1991 Best Actress for Postcards from the Edge
    • 1996 Best Actress for The Bridges of Madison County
    • 1999 Best Actress for One True Thing
    • 2000 Best Actress for Music of the Heart
    • 2003 Best Supporting Actress for Adaptation
    • 2007 Best Actress for The Devil Wears Prada
    • 2009 Best Actress for Doubt
    • 2010 Best Actress for Julie & Julia
    • 2012 Best Actress for The Iron Lady (won)
    • 2014 Best Actress for August: Osage County
    • 2015 Best Supporting Actress for Into the Woods
  • Personal Favorite: The Deer Hunter (1978)

After that resume, what else is there to be said? Nominated for nineteen Academy Awards, the most for any actor or actress, and one of only six actors or actresses to win at least three acting Academy Awards. Early in her career, Streep was having great success on the live stage and had no intention to make the transition into film. But in 1976, after watching Robert De Niro’s legendary performance in Taxi Driver, she said “that’s the kind of actor I want to be when I grow up.” Ironically, a few years later, De Niro saw her in a stage production of The Cherry Orchard. He then suggested that she have a role in The Deer Hunter. Streep went on to earn an Oscar nomination for that film and she and De Niro would go on to star in three features together. She continues to be an Academy Award staple to this day and her daughters, Mamie and Grace Gummer, have both found success in film and television over the last decade.

 

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