Meryl Streep Biography
Meryl Streep, whose real name is Mary Louise Streep, was born on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey, the United States. She is an American film actress renowned for her deft acting style, command of several accents, and subtly expressive features.
- Streep began voice lessons when she was 12 years old and began acting in high school. She earned a drama and costume design degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1971. Streep studied drama at Yale University and received a master of fine arts in 1975 after working in summer stock theatre. She then relocated to New York City to start her acting career there.
- 1975, Streep made her Broadway debut as Trelawny in the “Wells.” Her first significant motion picture role came two years later in Julia (1977), but The Deer Hunter (1978) brought Streep international acclaim. Despite having a minor role, she showed a quiet softness that stood out against the bravado of the male characters and added to the film’s portrayal of the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on young Americans. She received an Emmy Award for her performance in the television miniseries Holocaust in the same year.
- With Trelawny of the “Wells,” Streep made her Broadway debut in 1975. A year later, in 1977, she made her debut in a feature picture with Julia, but it wasn’t until 1978’s The Deer Hunter that Streep gained significant acclaim for her work. Even though she had a small role, she exuded a calm softness that contrasted dramatically with the male characters’ bravado. She strengthened the movie’s witness to the terrible impacts of the Vietnam War on young Americans. Meryl Streep received an Emmy Award for her work in the Holocaust television miniseries in which she starred.
- For Meryl Streep powerful performance as Lindy Chamberlain, the real-life Australian mother accused of murdering her baby daughter despite saying a dingo took the child, Meryl Streep won the Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Critics Circle awards for best actress in 1988.
- For best-supporting actress in Adaptation (2002), Streep got an unprecedented 13th Academy Award nomination in 2003, breaking Katharine Hepburn’s previous record of 12 nominations.
- In The Devil Wears Prada, Streep received a second Oscar nomination for best actress for portraying a nasty fashion magazine editor (2006).
- Meryl Streep also received praise for portraying renowned American chef Julia Child in the 2009 film Julie & Julia. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and received her 16th Oscar nomination.
- In the 2014 film The Giver, based on the young adult novel by Lois Lowry, Streep played the detached leader of an ostensibly utopian community. She also played a minister’s wife who looks after mentally ill women in the western The Homesman and a vengeful witch in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods. For the latter performance, she received an Academy Award nomination for best-supporting actress.
- Then, in Ricki and the Flash, Streep played a careless (and unsuccessful) rock and roll singer who tried to make amends with her family. Following her portrayal of Emmeline Pankhurst, the first woman to win the right to vote, in Suffragette (2015), Meryl Streep gave a spirited and sympathetic performance as Florence Foster Jenkins, a story about the tragic but ultimately inspirational attempts of a syphilitic society matron to launch an opera career. Streep was nominated for an Oscar 20 times for her performance in the movie.
- In 2002, Streep became a Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest cultural award given by the French government, in addition to winning other acting accolades. Her election as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters occurred in 2010. Streep won a Kennedy CenterHonor the following year. She received the Cecil B DeMille Award in 2017. (a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement).