Meryl Streep

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July 5, 2022

Mary Louise Streep (English: Mary Louise Streep; Summit, June 22, 1949) is an American theater, film, television actress and singer. Often described as the best actress of her generation. She started her acting career in 1971 in the theater play Seville Playboy, and she got her first film role in 1977 in the play by Julie Fred Zinemann. Her most famous films are: The Deer Hunter, The French Lieutenant's Wife, My Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, The Devil Wears Prada and Doubt. For her role in the drama Kramer vs. Kramer, she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and for her roles in the films Sofia's Choice and The Lady of Steel, she was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She was nominated twenty-one times for the Oscar award (of which she won three), and 34 times for the Golden Globe award (of which she won 9). She is the winner of two Emmys, one Cannes Golden Palm, one Golden and one Silver Bear, and two BAFTA awards. She has been nominated five times for the Grammy Award and once for the Tony Award. In 2004, the American Film Institute awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award. Meryl Streep is one of the best and most awarded actresses of all time, and is often cited, along with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, as "the best actress of her generation." That title was predicted for her by Betty Davis back in the 1980s.

Childhood

She was born Mary Louise Streep in Summit, New Jersey (USA) to Harry William Streep Jr., a pharmacist, and Mary, an art editor. Her paternal great-grandfather immigrated to the United States from the town of Lofenau, Germany. After arriving in the USA, he changed his previous surname Štreb (German Streeb) to Streep (English Streep). Her great grandfather lived in Switzerland. My mother's descendants are from Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, is her distant relative. She attended Bernards Religious School, and graduated in acting in 1971 from Vassar College. There, she attracted the attention of actress Jean Arthur, who occasionally gave her advice and instructions. A few years later, she earned a master's degree in art from Yale University. During her studies at Yale, she got her first roles: she played Helena in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream, and then an eighty-year-old immobile woman in a wheelchair.

Career

1971—1980