- Mamma Mia! -
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA.
June 22, 1949
Mary Louise Streep
Born in Summit, New Jersey (USA), Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She started voice training at age 12 and took up acting in high school.
Streep made her Broadway debut in 1975 with Trelawny of the Wells and her screen debut in Julia (1977).
In 1978 she took the female lead in The Deer Hunter, picking up her first Academy Award nomination. That same year she also starred in the television miniseries Holocaust.
One year later Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) established her as a first-rank star. Streep's career continued to climb in the 1980s.
In the 1990s her fame declined a little. In spite of forays into comedy (Death becomes her (1992)), Streep was always considered a serious actress, her name typically associated with a serious, often depressing sort of film. In 1994 she tackled her first action film, The river wild and in 1995 she was back with The Bridges of Madison County (Directed by Clint Eastwood).
Meryl's reputation as an acting great remained, appearing in Marvin's Room , and completing another successful decade with Music of the Heart.
- A Question of Mercy -
An adaptation of the novel by David Rabe
- Dirty Tricks -
The wife of Richard Nixon’s chief of staff (Streep) comes to her husband’s defense in the aftermath of Watergate.
- Wanted -
A female policewoman (Jennifer Aniston) in Texas is framed for narcotics trafficking and sent to prison. Her cellmate is a war protester (Streep) who’s renounced violence, and the two plot an escape.
- Doubt -
A nun (Streep) confronts a priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) after suspecting him abusing a black student. He denies the charges.
- First man -
The story of a Ted Turner-like mogul, (Robert De Niro), who puts his career on hold to run a presidential campaign for his wife (Streep).
This week 30 years ago Silkwood premiered (December 12, 1983)
This week 28 years ago Out of Africa premiered (December 10, 1985)
This week 9 years ago Lemony Snicket’s a series of unfortunate events premiered (December 16, 2004)
This week 34 years ago Kramer vs. Kramer premiered (December 17, 1979)
Meryl came in second in a poll of the world’s worst fictional bosses. Her portrayal of New York fashion editor Miranda Priestly, in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) ended just after Scrooge. Source / More (Web)
Meryl has a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
It’s located between Orange Drive and La Brea Avenue.
Early in her career, Streep received a letter from actress Bette Davis. Davis told Streep that she felt that she was her successor as the premier American actress.
Meryl learned to play the violin for her role in Music of the Heart (1999). She practiced 6 hours a day for 8 weeks.
With 13 Academy Award nominations (10 for Best Actress and 3 for Best Supporting Actress) she’s the most nominated actor ever.
Meryl Streep was Katharine Hepburn’s least favorite modern actress. Source / More (Book)
Meryl has her handprints set in cement on Hollywood Boulevard (Hollywood, USA, in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater). Source / More (Web)