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Meryl Streep

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep, Jr., a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of German and Swiss-German descent, and her mother was of English, Irish, and German ancestry.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 decade 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). A realist when she talks about her future years in film, she remarked that " matter what happens, my work will stand..."

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Jun 22, 1949 In Summit, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Holocaust 1978-04-16
Latest Project:
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-03-23

Won 3 Oscars. Another 168 wins & 259 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Late Late Show with James Corden
Poster of Web Therapy
Poster of King of the Hill
Poster of The Simpsons
The Late Late Show with James Corden Unknown 2015-03-23
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Eleanor Roosevelt 7 episodes, 2014 2014-09-14
Web Therapy Unknown 2011-07-19
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Herself 2010-02-10
America: The Story of the US Unknown 2010-04-25
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Angels in America Hannah Pitt / ... 6 episodes, 2003 2003-12-07
Cartaz Cultural Unknown 2003-02-17
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
Holocaust Inga Helms Weiss 3 episodes, 1978 1978-04-16