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.
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.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep To Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award At Golden Globes
Hathaway starred opposite Meryl Steep in the 2006 box office hit.
Anne Hathaway celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Devil Wears Prada on Instagram, Thursday by posting a tribute to “the movie that changed my life.” The 2006 comedy drama took over $300 million at the worldwide box office upon its release and raised Hathaway’s profile significantly, helping her transition into more adult roles.
Continue reading: Anne Hathaway Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of 'The Devil Wears Prada'
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).
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Dons Fake Tan And A Fat Suit In Donald Trump Satire
With her new biopic Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep found a deep bond with her character.
Florence Foster Jenkins was a socialite who threw parties in 1930s and 1940s New York and turned to singing, oblivious to the fact that she couldn't quite hit a note. "The first time I heard about the project," Streep says, "was when the director Stephen Frears called me and said, 'I have a part for you!' And so I said, 'What is it?' And he said, 'It's the worst opera singer in the world!" And I was thrilled."
When she read the script she grew even more intrigued by the project. "Really the movie is much more than the story of the worst opera singer in the world," she says. "It's about a marriage, the happy, long relationship between two people whose self-interest was as equally served by the relationship as their honest feeling and affection for each other."
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Calls Florence Foster Jenkins 'Heartbreakingly Funny'
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.
Continue reading: Florence Foster Jenkins Review
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
The shows Florence Foster Jenkins put on were true spectacles but there were only a modest few who were privileged enough to witness them. The American socialite wasn't exactly given a natural gift to sing, but that wasn't going to put her off her ambition to appear on the same stages as some of the best operatic voices of her time.
Her ever-loving second husband was always on her side to give her the support to fulfil said dream.
In recent years Meryl Streep has appears in many films including Ricki and the Flash, Into the Woods and Mama Mia which all include musical scenes which she must showcase her vocal abilities, now she must take on a completely different approach in order to sufficiently mimic Foster Florence Jenkins' unique voice.
Perhaps somebody should have been there to yell 'Cut!'
Meryl Streep has caused uproar with a remark about the lack of diversity in the film industry, saying “we’re all Africans, really” at a press conference to promote her position as the jury president at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
At an event on Thursday (February 11th), Streep deflected a question about the fact she was heading up an all-white, seven-person jury at the 2016, saying “at least women were included”, arguing that her appointment as jury president indicated an important change.
Meryl Streep at the opening day of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, at which she is jury president
Based on real events a century ago that still resonate loudly today, this movie takes a cleverly fictionalised angle to explore the suffrage movement, a story that astonishingly has never been put on film before. Screenwriter Abi Morgan's script brings intelligence and honesty to the characters, avoiding cliches to make the political statements as fresh and important today as they were back then. And it's anchored by another solid performance from Carey Mulligan.
She plays Maud, a young woman in 1912 London who has grown up working in a grim laundry, which is where she met her husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw). Then her best friend Violet (Anne-Marie Duff) introduces her to the women's voting rights movement led by Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep). And Maud is intrigued, joining with her local chemist's wife Edith (Helena Bonham Carter) for protests and getting involved in civil disobedience. This puts her on the list of offenders followed by a tenacious policeman (Brendan Gleeson), and Sonny finds it very difficult to cope with the embarrassment. So Maud has to make a very tough decision about whether to carry on the fight.
Making the film's main characters working-class heroines was a clever way to draw in modern-day audiences. In real life, the suffragettes were middle-class women who didn't particularly want any of the working class (men or women) to have the vote. But of course, once the movement started, it didn't end there, ultimately extending right through society. And the film cleverly mixes these fictional characters alongside real historical figures to bring the events vividly to life. Mulligan provides the emotional gut punch as an intelligent but uneducated woman who has been abused all her life and is finally standing up for herself. Her scenes with each of the supporting cast have real power, including less sympathetic characters like Whishaw's loving but fearful husband.
Continue reading: Suffragette Review
Streep will head up the Berlin International Film Festival's jury in February next year.
Meryl Streep has been appointed as the president of the jury at next year’s Berlin International Film Festival, the first time that the Hollywood heavyweight has served on any film jury.
The announcement was made on Wednesday (October 14th) that the Suffragette and Ricki And The Flash actress would be heading up the jury at the 66th edition of the annual film festival, which will be determining the award winners at the 10-day event that runs from 11th-21st February 2016.
Meryl Streep has been named as the head of the film jury at the Berlin Film Festival 2016
Date of birth
22nd June, 1949
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