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Meryl Streep

Actress
Female
Born Jun 22, 1949

Meryl Streep is an American actress who has worked in theater, television, and film. She is widely regarded as one of the most talented actresses of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season (1977). In that same year, she made her film debut with Julia (1977).… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1949 Birth Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey. … Read More

TWENTIES

1969 - 1971 3 More Events
1975 26 Years Old 1 More Event
She received her MFA from Yale in 1975. … Read More
1976 27 Years Old She continued to work on Broadway, appearing in the 1976 double bill of Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays. … Read More
1977 28 Years Old 1 More Event
She made her screen debut in the 1977 television film The Deadliest Season, and made her film debut later that same year in Julia. … Read More
In the 1978 miniseries Holocaust, Streep played the leading role of a German woman married to a Jewish artist in Nazi era Germany. … Read More

THIRTIES

1979 30 Years Old 1 More Event
For Kramer vs. Kramer, Streep won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was also awarded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her collective work in her three film releases of 1979. … Read More
1980 31 Years Old By 1980, Streep had progressed to leading roles in films. … Read More
1982 33 Years Old Greater success came later in 1982, when Streep starred in the drama Sophie's Choice (1982), portraying a Polish holocaust survivor caught in a love triangle between a young naive writer (Peter MacNicol) and a Jewish intellectual (Kevin Kline). … Read More
1983 34 Years Old The year 1983 saw Streep play her first non-fictional character, the nuclear whistleblower and labor union activist Karen Silkwood who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant, in Mike Nichols's biographical film Silkwood. … Read More

FORTIES

1989 - 1993 3 More Events
1995 46 Years Old Streep's most successful film of the decade came in the 1995 romance The Bridges of Madison County from director Clint Eastwood, who adapted the film from Robert James Waller's novel of the same name. … Read More
1996 47 Years Old In 1996, Streep played the estranged sister of Bessie (Diane Keaton), a woman battling leukemia, in Marvin's Room, an adaptation of the play by Scott McPherson. … Read More
1998 49 Years Old In 1998, Streep played an Irishwoman opposite Michael Gambon and Catherine McCormack in Pat O'Connor's Dancing at Lughnasa, which was entered into the Venice Film Festival of 1998. … Read More

FIFTIES

1999 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, Streep returned to the stage for the first time in more than twenty years, playing Arkadina in The Public Theater's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. … Read More
2004 55 Years Old In 2004, Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award by the board of directors of the American Film Institute. … Read More
2005 56 Years Old Streep was next cast in the 2005 comedy film Prime, directed by Ben Younger. … Read More
2006 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In August and September 2006, Streep starred onstage at The Public Theater's production of Mother Courage and Her Children at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. … Read More
In 2007, Streep was cast in four films. … Read More
In 2008, Streep found major commercial success when she starred in Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia!, a film adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2009 - 2012 3 More Events
2013 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Streep starred alongside Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, and others in the black comedy drama August: Osage County about a dysfunctional family that reunites into the familial house when their patriarch suddenly disappears. … Read More
Streep's first film of 2014 was the motion picture adaptation of the young adult novel The Giver. … Read More
In April 2015, it was announced that Streep had funded a screenwriters lab for female screenwriters over forty years old, called the Writers Lab, to be run by New York Women in Film & Television and the collective IRIS. … Read More
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