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A two-time Academy Award® winner and recipient of a record-breaking fifteen Oscar® nominations, MERYL STREEP (Julia Child) has portrayed an astonishing array of roles in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theatre through film and television. She was recently honored by the Lincoln Center Film Society with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Most recently, Streep was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Actress for her performance in Doubt, in which she starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. She will next be heard as the voice of Mrs. Fox in director Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and she will be seen starring for Nancy Meyers in the writer-director’s untitled project for Universal Pictures.
Prior to that, she starred opposite Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Christine Baranski in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, based on the hugely successful Broadway musical. In 2007 she appeared opposite Robert Redford and Tom Cruise in Lions for Lambs, which Redford also directed, and in New Line’s Rendition with Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Streep made her film debut in 1977’s Julia opposite Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. In her second screen role, she starred opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter, which earned Streep her first Academy Award® nomination. The following year she appeared in Woody Allen’s Manhattan and won her first Academy Award® for her role opposite Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer. She then received her third Academy nomination for The French Lieutenant’s Woman and later went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Sophie’s Choice, in which she starred alongside Peter MacNicol and Kevin Kline.
Other early film credits include her Oscar-nominated performances in Mike Nichol’s Silkwood, Sydney Pollack’s Out of Africa, Ironweed, directed by Hector Babenco, and Fred Schepisi’s A Cry in the Dark, which also won her the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, The New York Film Critics Circle, and an AFI award. She also appeared in Falling in Love with Robert De Niro and Mike Nichols’s Heartburn.
Meryl Streep as Julia Childs in Julie & Julia
In the 1990’s Streep took on a variety of roles including She-Devil and Postcards from the Edge, for which she received Golden Globe nominations as well as an Oscar nomination for the latter; Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks, Death Becomes Her opposite Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis, The House of the Spirits, The River Wild, Clint Eastwood’s screen adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, which won her a SAG Award and Golden Globe and Oscar® nominations; Marvin’s Room with Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio, which earned her another Golden Globe nomination, Barbet Schroeder’s Before and After, One True Thing opposite Renee Zellweger, for which Streep received SAG, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations as well as the Golden Camera Award at the Berlin Film Festival, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Wes Craven’s Music of the Heart, which earned Streep her twelfth Academy Award® nomination.
In 2003, Streep’s work in The Hours won her SAG and Golden Globe nominations. That same year, her performance in Spike Jonze’s Adaptation won her a Golden Globe for Supporting Actress and BAFTA and Oscar® nominations. Her other recent films include The Manchurian Candidate, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Prime with Uma Thurman, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, Evening, and The Devil Wears Prada, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress as well as Academy Award®, SAG and BAFTA nominations.
In theater, Streep appeared in the 1976 Broadway double-bill of “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and “A Memory of Two Mondays,” the former winning her the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater World Award and a Tony nomination. Other theater credits include Secret Service, The Cherry Orchard, the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V and Measure for Measure, the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End, Alice at the Palace, which won her an Obie; Central Park Productions of The Taming of the Shrew and The Seagull, and, most recently, Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Brecht’s Mother Courage, directed by George C. Wolfe.
In TV, Streep won Emmys for the eight part mini-series “Holocaust” and for the Mike Nichols-directed HBO movie Angels in America, which also won her Golden Globe and SAG Awards. She was also Emmy-nominated for her performance in First Do No Harm, which she also co-produced with director Jim Abrahams.
In 2004, Streep was honored with an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Did You Know?
With her 16th nomination this year, Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer. Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson are tied at 12 nominations each.
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