Meryl Streep. biography
Born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl Streep initiated her professional career performing in a variety of Broadway productions, including Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays for which she earned her first Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. A Yale School of Drama graduate, Meryl made her debut on-screen appearance in the Academy Award-winning drama Julia (1977) followed by her first Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series stemming from her performance in the TV mini-series Holocaust (1978).
That same year, Meryl performed alongside Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in the war drama The Deer Hunter (1978), which led to her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe Award in the same category. Less than a year later, Meryl received her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) opposite Dustin Hoffman in addition to a Golden Globe Award.
Meryl went on to take home both the 1982 Golden Globe Award and Oscar for Best Actress in response to her performance in the romance drama The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) in additional to the 1983 Oscar for her lead performance in the romance drama Sophie's Choice (1982).
Although seen as an up-and-rising talent, Meryl quickly established herself as a versatile actress by entering the biographical genre and emerging with extremely accurate portrayals. Her first Oscar-nominated representation was of Karen Silkwood in Nora Ephron's Silkwood (1983), followed by Karen Blixen in Out of Africa (1985) and Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton in A Cry in the Dark (1988) for which she earned her eighth Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
After receiving an Oscar-nod for her role in the award-winning drama Ironweed alongside Jack Nicholson in 1987, Meryl expanded her acting resume with well-received comedic performances in the comedies Postcards from the Edge (1990) with Shirley MacLaine, which resulted in her winning the 1991 American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress, and Death Becomes Her (1992) with Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis for which she earned a 1993 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy.
In 1994, Meryl returned from comedy with an Oscar-nominated performance in the action adventure film The River Wild (1994) alongside Kevin Bacon prior to receiving an additional Oscar nod for her work opposite Clint Eastwood in the romance drama The Bridges of Madison Country (1995).
Meryl continued to dominate the Hollywood playing field with even more accolades in result of her presence in the dramedy Adaptation (2002) and the fantasy drama TV mini series Angels in America (2003), which earned her the 2004 Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy for Best Actress in a Mini-Series.
Later that year, Meryl gave a Golden Globe-nominated performance in the drama thriller The Manchurian Candidate (2004) with Denzel Washington before returning to her theatre roots in the musical drama A Prairie Home Companion (2006) as well as the musical comedy Mamma Mia! (2008). Also during this time, Meryl won the 2007 Best Actress Golden Globe Award for her role as Vogue editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly in the dramedy The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
In 2008, Meryl's depiction of a nosy nun in John Patrick's drama Doubt (2008) alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams resulted in an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, followed by a Best Actress nod for her accurate portrayal of legendary chef Julia Stiles in the biopic drama Julie & Julia (2009).
Meryl then returned to comedy in It's Complicated (2009) with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, earning her the Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy. Two years later, her exceptionally authentic likeness of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biopic drama The Iron Lady (2011) led her to the Golden Globe Award and Oscar for Best Actress in 2012.
The icon is currently the most Oscar-nominated actress in history with 17 nominations and three wins as well as 27 Golden Globe nominations and eight wins. Her other awards include, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Emmy Awards, two BAFTA honors, five Grammy Award nominations, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two Australian Film Institute Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award and AFI's 2004 Life Achievement Award. Additionally, Meryl was awarded the 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
Meryl's most recent projects include, the TV series Web Therapy (2010, 2012), the romance dramedy Hope Springs (2012) opposite Tommy Lee Jones, the dramedy August: Osage County (2013) with Ewan McGregor, the drama The Homesman (2013) alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, and the fantasy musical Into the Woods (release date unknown).