Streep

Streep

Streep, Meryl, 1949-, American actress, b. Summit, N.J., as Mary Louise Streep. She attended Yale Drama School and appeared in many Broadway and off-Broadway productions during the early 1970s. Moving to Hollywood, she made her film debut in Julia (1977), and has become one of the most acclaimed film actresses of her generation. The coolly elegant Streep is famous for her pitch-perfect mastery of a myriad of accents, just one aspect of the superb technique she employs in her varied and often uncannily telling portrayals. These include the edgily ironic wife of Kramer vs. Kramer (1979; Academy Award) the anguished Polish émigré of Sophie's Choice (1982; Academy Award), the rebellious factory worker of Silkwood (1983), and the accused Australian mother of A Cry in the Dark (1988). Among her other motion pictures are The Deer Hunter (1978), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Out of Africa (1985), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), The Hours (2002), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and Doubt (2008). She has also appeared in several television dramas, e.g., Angels in America (2003). Streep returned to the New York theater in 2006 to star in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children.
orig. Mary Louise Streep

(born June 22, 1949, Summit, N.J., U.S.) U.S. film actress. She studied at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama before appearing on Broadway and in the television films The Deadliest Season (1977) and The Holocaust (1978, Emmy Award). An unusually versatile and expressive actress, she won stardom in The Deer Hunter (1978), Manhattan (1979), and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Academy Award). Her later films include Sophie's Choice (1982, Academy Award), Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa (1985), A Cry in the Dark (1988), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and The Hours (2002). In 2003 she received an unprecedented 13th Academy Award nomination (for best supporting actress in Adaptation [2002]); Katharine Hepburn originally held the record with 12 nominations. Streep later earned another Oscar nomination (for best actress) for The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

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orig. Mary Louise Streep

(born June 22, 1949, Summit, N.J., U.S.) U.S. film actress. She studied at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama before appearing on Broadway and in the television films The Deadliest Season (1977) and The Holocaust (1978, Emmy Award). An unusually versatile and expressive actress, she won stardom in The Deer Hunter (1978), Manhattan (1979), and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Academy Award). Her later films include Sophie's Choice (1982, Academy Award), Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa (1985), A Cry in the Dark (1988), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and The Hours (2002). In 2003 she received an unprecedented 13th Academy Award nomination (for best supporting actress in Adaptation [2002]); Katharine Hepburn originally held the record with 12 nominations. Streep later earned another Oscar nomination (for best actress) for The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

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