Meryl Streep

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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.



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A Week In Movies: Cannes Kicks Off, Tomorrowland Premieres, Cameras Roll In Miami And Trailers Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep And Anne Hathaway


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The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on the French Riviera this week with acting icon Catherine Deneuve, who stars in the opening night film Standing Tall. She was joined on the red carpet by a glamorous line-up including Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Jane Seymour.

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Ricki And The Flash - Teaser Trailer


Ricki Rendazzo is a veteran rockstar as part of her band Ricki And The Flash. She's adored by so many people in the world apart from the people who matter the most; her family. While on tour (as usual) she gets a call from her ex-husband Pete telling her that her daughter Julie has been dumped by her partner Max for another woman. Realising finally that her presence is needed, she drops everything and rushes to her daughter's aid - though, as it turns out, Julie is far from grateful. She and her brother have been forced to spend their most cherished memories without Ricki there, with their stepmother Maureen taking on the role as a proper mother to them. Ricki's son doesn't want her at his forthcoming wedding either, so it seems Ricki has a lot of making up to do if she wants to have a hope of re-connecting with her loved ones.

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Suffragette - Teaser Trailer


Throughout the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, a secret war took place on the streets of England. For years, women of all ages and classes had fought for their right to vote, although they used politics and reason as their biggest weapon. When no clear results were seen, a specialist group formed a more radical idea - to take the political campaign out of the shadows and into the streets, with protests and fighting to gain what was theirs by right. But as the government fights back even harder, desperate times call for desperate measures. 

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MTV Movie Awards: 'The Fault In Our Stars' Leads 2015 Winners


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It's difficult to argue with the results of this year's MTV Movie Awards victors, who took home their much-deserved accolades on Sunday (April 12th 2015). The top prize of Movie Of The Year went to Josh Boone's adaptation of the John Green novel 'The Fault In Our Stars' - but who else won big at the 2015 ceremony?

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in 'The Fault In Our Stars'Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Shailene Woodley took home a couple of awards herself; first for Best Female Performance in 'The Fault In Our Stars', and second for Best Kiss with Ansel Elgort. 'The Maze Runner' star Dylan O'Brien also won big, landing Breakthrough Performance, Best Hero and, of course, Best Fight with Will Poulter. O'Brien will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'. Meanwhile, Zac Efron's abs in 'Neighbors' predictably won him Best Shirtless Performance, while his onscreen chemistry with Dave Franco made them Best Duo. 'Neighbors' was also the winner of Best WTF Moment, with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne taking home the award.

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'Suffragette' Stars Meryl Streep And Helena Bonham Carter Join Emmeline Pankhurst's Family For International Women's Day


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Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan and Anne Marie Duff have joined relatives of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst to mark this year’s International Women’s Day. The three actresses were joined by Pankhurst’s great-grand-daughter Helen and great-great-granddaughter Laura as well as director Sarah Gavron, screenwriter Abi Morgan and producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward who are behind the upcoming Suffragette movie.

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Meryl Streep - Last Midnight (From "Into the Woods")


The film adaptation of 'Into The Woods' saw its theatrical release on 25th December 2014. During the course of the musical, actress Meryl Streep performed the song 'Last Midnight', which has been released separately.

Patricia Arquette's Oscar Acceptance Speech Divides The Internet


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Patricia Arquette’s Oscars acceptance speech has set the world of social media alight in the last twenty four hours. After she used her time at the microphone to call for wage equality and equal rights for women, opinion has been polarised as to validity of her argument.

The 46 year old won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Olivia Evans in Boyhood. Having produced a sheet of paper and thanked her family and fellow cast members, she went on to deliver a rousing finale: “It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

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Patricia Arquette's Oscars acceptance speech was a hot talking point of the evening

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The 87th Annual Oscars - Red Carpet Arrivals

Meryl Streep - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 201

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Meryl Streep and Don Gummer

Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party

Meryl Streep - Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 20th February 2015

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Meryl Streep and Don Gummer at The Palm

Meryl Streep and Don Gummer - Meryl Streep and husband Don Gummer attend an Oscars after party held at The Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills at Beverly Hills, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015

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Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer

Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress At 2015 Oscars


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Patricia Arquette has won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood, playing the role of Olivia Evans.

The 46 year old fended off strong competition from Laura Dern (Bobbi Grey in Wild), Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Sam Thomson in Birdman) and Meryl Streep (‘The Witch’ in Into The Woods).

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2015's Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (L) with her 'Boyhood' colleagues Ellar Coltrane and Richard Linklater

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21st Annual SAG Awards - Red Carpet

Meryl Streep and Kevin Huvane - 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals at Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 22nd January 2015

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Meryl Streep and Kevin Huvane
Meryl Streep and Kevin Huvane
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21st Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards

Meryl Streep - A host of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards which were held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 25th January 2015

There's Something About Meryl: Streep Makes History With 19th Oscar Nomination


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For most Hollywood stars an Oscar nomination is a once in a lifetime achievement, something they’ve been working towards their whole career. But for Meryl Streep, having her name read out amongst the list of Oscar nominees must now feel a little less special, after all it’s happened 19 times.

Meryl Streep19 times a nominee, Streep is an Oscar history maker

The 65 year old has long held the record for the most Academy Award nominations in history, with Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn trailing behind with 12 nominations each.

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A Week In Movies: Awards Handed Out In Los Angeles And New York, Plus New Trailers For Ant-Man And The Snoopy And Charlie Brown Movie


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Into The Woods

In London, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Daniel Huttlestone and Tracey Ullman were on hand for the UK premiere of Into the Woods this week. The film has been a box office hit in America over the past two weeks, and opens in Britain this weekend.

Photos - 'Into The Woods' Premiere Held At The Curzon Mayfair, London

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