Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep, 22.6.1949) Meryl Streep is an Oscar-winning American actress. She rose to fame in the 1970s and has maintained a steady career since that time.
Childhood: Meryl Streep was born to Mary W. Streep and Harry William Streep Jr. in Summit, New Jersey. Her mother was an artist and her father was a pharmaceutical executive and she was raised as a Presbyterian.
Meryl Streep attended Bernards High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where she was raised. In 1971, she received a BA in Drama at Vassar College. She later studied at Yale School of Drama, earning herself an MFA.
Career: After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Meryl Streep featured in a number of theatre productions, including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of The Taming of the Shrew with Raul Julia and Measure For Measure with Sam Waterston and John Cazale. Streep went on to win an Obie award for her performance in Alice at the Palace.
Following her stage success, Meryl Streep started to audition for movie work. Her debut feature film was Julia. Released in 1976, the film also starred Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. She then landed a minor role in The Deer Hunter, which allowed her to spend time with then then-fiancé, John Cazale, who was in the film but was suffering with bone cancer. The film also starred Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role.
In 1978, Meryl Streep landed a main role in the TV series Holocaust. Following Cazale's death, she took on a role in The Seduction of Joe Tynan with Alan Alda.
In 1979, Streep appeared in Woody Allen's Manhattan, along with Allen and Diane Keaton. This was followed by Kramer vs. Kramer, a performance that propelled Streep into the big time. She won an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Kramer vs. Kramer. The film also featured Dustin Hoffman.
In 1981, Meryl Streep starred in The French Lieutenant's Woman, an adaptation of a novel by John Fowles, alongside Jeremy Irons. The following year, she featured in a psychological thriller, Still of the Night, working once again with Robert Benton, the director of Kramer vs. Kramer. Still of the Night co-starred Jessica Tandy and Roy Scheider.
Meryl Streep's next major role, in Sophie's Choice, drew a large amount of praise: mainly for her mastery of the Polish accent. The role had originally been intended for Ursula Andress, but Meryl Streep was determined to land the role. Her determination paid off and she won the Best Actress Oscar. Her successful career path continued with Silkwood, playing the role of real-life character Karen Silkwood.
She then took on a role in the romantic comedy Falling In Love, opposite Robert De Niro, followed by the British drama, Plenty, with Charles Dance and Sir Ian McKellen.
In 1985, Meryl Streep played the Danish writer Karen Blixen in Out of Africa, with Robert Redford. Her next two films both saw her working with Jack Nicholson: 1986's Heartburn and 1987's Ironweed.
Another success came in 1988 with A Cry in the Dark, about an Australian woman who murdered her child and claimed that it had been eaten by a dingo. Her first comedic role came a year later, when she starred opposite Roseanne Barr in She-Devil.
The 1990s continued to be a lucrative time for Meryl Streep, starting with a performance alongside Dennis Quaid and Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge, a book by Carrie Fisher.
Having formed a friendship with Goldie Hawn, Streep and Hawn filmed the farcical comedy Death Becomes Her, along with Bruce Willis.
In The House of the Spirits (an adaptation of an Isabel Allende novel) saw Meryl Streep sharing screen-time with Glenn Close. She then starred in The Bridges of Madison County with Clint Eastwood and Marvin's Room with Leonardo DiCaprio and Diane Keaton.
From the turn of the century, Meryl Streep continued to impress with her mainstream movie appearances. In 2002, she starred in Adaptation, an off-beat movie by Spike Jonze, featuring Nicolas Cage and Tilda Swinton. That same year, she starred in the Hours with Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore. An adaptation of Tony Kushner's Angels In America saw Streep working with Al Pacino and Emma Thompson. In Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, she played the role of Aunt Josephine, alongside Jim Carrey.
In 2007, Streep won another Oscar, this time for her performance in The Devil Wears Prada, which also starred Anne Hathaway. 2008 saw one of Streep's most successful performances in recent years, with the release of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! The film was a huge success, despite the poor view taken of her co-star Pierce Brosnan. That same year, she starred in Doubt, earning herself another Oscar nomination. The film also featured Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. The year after, Streep starred in Julia & Julia, playing the late Julia Child, working again with Amy Adams.
Personal Life: Meryl Streep married the sculptor Don Gummer in 1978. They have four children together.
Last month Trump called Streep 'one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood'.
The Oscar winner came under fire from the President last month after she criticised him in her Golden Globes speech, causing him to respond by calling her 'overrated' during a Twitter rant.
Meryl Streep says she’s ‘overrated and over-berated’
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Emily Blunt will star as everyone’s favourite Nanny in the sequel.
Production has commenced on the highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns and Walt Disney Studios have finally revealed some exciting plot details.
Filming is currently underway at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England and the musical is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018.
Emily Blunt stars in Mary Poppins Returns
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The Florence Jenkins star was criticized by Donald Trump after her Golden Globes speech
"Overrated" actress Meryl Streep has become the only actor to earn 20 Oscar nominations after her latest Academy nod for Best Actress in Florence Foster Jenkins. The star was attacked by Donald Trump after she gave a speech that lambasted the President at the Golden Globes.
Meryl Streep proved she's anything but overrated after securing her 20th Oscar nomination
The all-time winner of most Academy Award nominations was described as "overrated" by her President who tweeted that she was a "Hillary flunky who lost big".
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Clooney remembered Obama's response to the Charleston massacre in 2015.
One such star is George Clooney, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in London at a special screening of Netflix’s Syrian civil war documentary The White Helmets on Monday night (January 9th). The actor, known to be frequently politically engaged, shared his thoughts on the most memorable moment in Obama’s two terms as president.
George Clooney with wife Amal at Cannes in 2016
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Streep criticised the President-elect, without naming him, during her speech on Sunday.
During her speech on Sunday night Streep, without naming Trump, referenced a 2015 incident when the President-elect appeared to mock a disabled reporter during a rally.
Meryl Streep criticised Donald Trump during her Golden Globes acceptance speech
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will bestow Streep with its highest honour in at the ceremony on January 8th, 2017.
Hollywood legend Meryl Streep is to be honoured with the lifetime achievement prize, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, at the Golden Globes in the new year.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes for the Golden Globes, announced to various news outlets on Thursday morning (November 3rd) that it was bestowing its highest honour upon the 67 year old actress.
Every year, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given to a talented individual whose body of work has contributed significantly to the medium of film in general, and the wider world of entertainment.
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Variety indicates that Streep is in talks to join Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns'.
The hotly-anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins looks like it will boast a star-studded cast when it eventually arrives, with reports that Meryl Streep is set to join the project.
Variety reported on Thursday (July 28th) that the 67 year old screen legend is in talks to join previously confirmed stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda on Mary Poppins Returns, which is vaunted for a release on Christmas Day 2018.
Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast of 'Mary Poppins Returns'
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Bet you never saw that one coming...
It's probably one of the more bizarre things we've seen today, but Meryl Streep proves once again why everybody loves her in a satirical performance which saw her dress as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Just a heads up; It's very, very strange.
Meryl Streep takes on Donald Trump
We've seen Johnny Depp do Trump in 'Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie', but we think Meryl Streep has beaten even that stellar performance with her Shakespeare in the Park Public Theater Gala show at New York's Delacorte Theater yesterday (June 6th 2016).
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Although this comedy-drama seems to have been written specifically to give Meryl Streep a chance to dress up and put on a silly show, it's actually all true. And it's hugely entertaining, generating gut-wrenching laughter and some sharply resonant emotions too. It's also a subtle exploration of pop culture, most notably privileged artists and the fact that there's more to stardom than just talent.
Streep shines as Florence, a socialite who hosts lavish parties in 1944 New York with her husband St Clair (Hugh Grant). Both of them are frustrated artists: Florence sees herself as an opera diva, while St Clair never quite made it as an actor. So at her parties, Florence puts on performances for her friends, oblivious to the fact that she's riotously off-key, while St Clair plays the doting husband, protecting her from criticism and hiring talented young pianist Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) as her accompanist. Florence doesn't really mind that St Clair has a woman (Rebecca Ferguson) on the side. But when she books Carnegie Hall to perform a concert for troops returning from Europe, St Clair realises that he can't protect her from a real audience.
Writer Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears construct the story beautifully, building up to reveal Florence's voice in a painfully hilarious sequence that's expertly played by Streep, Grant and Helberg. Streep's enjoyment of the role is infectious, and she makes Florence sympathetic by letting us see her yearning to sing. She imagines she sounds like her operatic idols, so can't hear the strangled notes coming from her mouth. And those who don't applaud are laughing so heartily that surely they're just as entertained. Streep's performance soars through the performance scenes, but is just as powerful in the comedy and at moments when Florence is vulnerable and nervous.
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Turns out the three-time Oscar winner is a big fan of ‘Homes Under the Hammer’.
Actress Meryl Streep has revealed her secret addiction to British daytime TV programmes, admitting she loves real-estate based shows such as ‘Homes Under the Hammer’. The Oscar winner made the revelation while promoting her new film Florence Foster Jenkins on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, alongside co-star Hugh Grant.
Meryl Streep can't get enough of British daytime telly.
"I'm addicted to everything where they do real estate. I love ‘Grand Designs’ and ‘Homes Under the Hammer’,” Steep told Norton. The actress then gave a special shout-out to Channel 4’s ‘Come Dine With Me’, which she described as ‘fabulous’.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Reveals 'Addiction' To British Daytime TV
Date of birth
22nd June, 1949
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