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Meryl Streep

Birth Name: 
Mary Louise Streep
Birthday: 
Wednesday, June 22, 1949
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Birth Place: 
Summit, New Jersey, United States
Height: 
5'6"

Considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 17 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 A Cry in the Dark (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..." (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2012 - Won - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The Iron Lady)
2010 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Julie & Julia)
2009 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Doubt)
2007 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The Devil Wears Prada)
2003 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Adaptation)
2000 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Music of the Heart)
1999 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (One True Thing)
1996 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The Bridges of Madison County)
1991 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Postcards from the Edge)
1989 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (A Cry in the Dark)
1988 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ironweed)
1986 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Out of Africa)
1984 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Silkwood)
1983 - Won - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sophie's Choice)
1982 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The French Lieutenant's Woman)
1980 - Won - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kramer Vs. Kramer)
1979 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (The Deer Hunter)

Interviews

Meryl Streep: Quick Thoughts

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News

Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep is in talks to reteam with her "Mamma Mia!" director Phyllida Lloyd for "Thatcher," a biopic of the controversial and long-governing former British prime minister. ... Read more
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Reviews

Into The Woods

Based on the wildly popular Broadway musical penned by Stephen Sondheim this big screen version is lush and hilarious, stocked with incredible performances.... Read more
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Hope Springs (BLU-RAY)

Kay (Meryl Streep; The Iron Lady) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones; MIB3) have been married for 31 years and their marriage seems to have stagnated. Kay wants more affection from Arnold, who seems incapable.... Read more
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Hope Springs

 Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) have been married over thirty years.  In what should be their second youth—kids out of the house and retirement on the horizon—their marriage is slowly unraveling. They intimacy they once shared has fizzled.... Read more
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The Iron Lady (BLU-RAY)

I heard about this little movie called The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep but didn’t pay to much attention to it. I knew it was about one time (and only) female Prime Minister Margret Thatcher. I figured that it would be a dry British film about politics so avoided it.... Read more
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Out Of Africa (BLU-RAY)

Out of Africa appeared on Blu-Ray in 2010 and then again in 2011 but left a lot to be desired by fans of the film. I know that a few people who loved it have been asking me if I watched my copy yet and if it would be worth re-purchasing. Simply put, yes.... Read more
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Videos

Into The Woods (A Look Inside)

Into The Woods (A Look Inside)

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Into The Woods (The Story Featurette)

Into The Woods (The Story Featurette)

Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a Baker ... Read more
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The Homesman (UK Trailer)

The Homesman (UK Trailer)

The Homesman starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, John Lithgow, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep ... Read more
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The Giver (Lose Him)

The Giver (Lose Him)

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The Giver (Rescue Gabe)

The Giver (Rescue Gabe)

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