Meryl Streep

Lowest Rated: 27% Lions for Lambs (2007)
Birthday: Jun 22, 1949
Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey
Sydney Pollack -- one of Meryl Streep's collaborators time and again -- once proclaimed her the most gifted film actress of the late 20th century. Most insiders would concur with this assessment. To avid moviegoers, she represents the essence of onscreen dramatic art. Like Hoffman (and De Niro), she demonstrates a transcendent ability to plunge into her characters and lose herself inside of them, transforming herself physically to meet the demands of her roles. A luminous blonde with nearly translucent pale skin, intelligent blue eyes, and an elegant facial bone structure, Streep sustains a fragile, fleeting beauty that allows her to travel the spectrum between earthily plain (Ironweed), and ethereally glamorous and radiant (Manhattan, Heartburn).Born June 22, 1949, in Summit, NJ, Streep took operatic voice lessons, and subsequently cultivated a fascination with acting while she attended Bernards High School. Upon graduation, Streep studied drama at Vassar, Dartmouth, and Yale, where she appeared in 30 to 40 productions with the Yale Repertory Theater. With a five-star education and years of collegiate stage work under her belt, Streep headed for the New York footlights and launched her off-Broadway career. Streep's performance in Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, for which she received a Tony nomination, constitutes a particularly strong theatrical highlight from this period. She made her television debut in Robert Markowitz's The Deadliest Season (1977). That year she also appeared onscreen for the first time in Fred Zinnmann's Julia (1977) as Anna Marie, opposite heavyweights Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Hal Holbrook. The following year, Streep picked up an Emmy for her performance in Marvin J. Chomsky's miniseries Holocaust. She first teamed with De Niro in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978).Around this time, Streep became involved with the diminutive performer John Cazale, whom she met on the set of the Cimino film. Tragically, this marriage was ill-fated from day one, Cazale's frail body ridden with bone cancer. Forty-two at the time, he passed away in March 1978, nine months prior to the premiere of The Deer Hunter. Streep later wed Don Gummer, who was not associated with Hollywood in any capacity.Streep next appeared as Woody Allen's ruthless lesbian ex-wife in his elegiac comedy drama Manhattan (1979) and Alan Alda's Southern mistress in the scathing political satire The Seduction of Joe Tynan. Her shattering interpretation of the scarred and torn Joanna Kramer opposite Dustin Hoffman in Robert Benton's heartbreaking divorce saga Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1980 -- which she famously left on top of a toilet at the festivities -- alongside a plethora of L.A. Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, and Golden Globe Awards for the Allen, Benton, and Alda films.Streep continued her ascent over the next decade by establishing herself as Hollywood's top box-office draw and a critical darling. Her double performance in the innovative Karel Reisz/Harold Pinter triumph The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), her gut-wrenching interpretation of the titular Holocaust survivor in Alan J. Pakula's haunting adaptation Sophie's Choice (1982), and her thoughtful evocation of Karen Silkwood in Mike Nichols' drama Silkwood were highlights of the period. In the latter, she portrays a real-life victimized nuclear-plant worker who mysteriously disappears just prior to turning in crucial evidence against her employers.Streep's decision to headline Sydney Pollack's lush epic Out of Africa (1985), as Karen Blixen, sustained her reputation. She would go on over the next decade to appear in projects like but Ironweed, Heartburn, She-Devil, Postcards from the Edge, and Death Becomes Her. In 1994, she again surprised her fans when she appeared as a muscular expert whitewater rafter who must fight a raging river and two dangerous fugitives to save her family in the ac

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet This Changes Everything Actor 2019
78% Mary Poppins Returns Topsy 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Donna 2018
88% The Post Kay Graham $80.4M 2018
100% Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray Journals performed by 2017
88% Every Act of Life Actor 2017
No Score Yet The Words That Built America Actor 2017
87% Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins $27.4M 2016
100% Everything Is Copy Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Guardian Brothers Actor 2016
72% Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst $7.2M 2015
No Score Yet Shout Gladi Gladi Narrator $5.5K 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash Ricki Rendazzo 2015
No Score Yet The Good House Actor 2015
No Score Yet Caring for Mom and Dad Actor 2015
71% Into the Woods The Witch $89.8M 2014
81% The Homesman Altha Carter 2014
35% The Giver Chief Elder $33.5M 2014
65% August: Osage County Violet Weston $29.3M 2013
No Score Yet Mommy & Me Actor 2013
No Score Yet Out Of Print Narrator 2013
No Score Yet Wings of Life Narrator 2013
89% Girl Rising Narrator $0.9M 2013
68% A Fierce Green Fire Narrator $30.1K 2013
75% Hope Springs Kay $63.4M 2012
64% To the Arctic Narrator $14.5M 2012
51% The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher $30M 2012
No Score Yet Joe Papp In Five Acts Actor 2012
No Score Yet Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life Jennie 2010
No Score Yet Faces Of America Actor 2010
58% It's Complicated Jane $112.8M 2009
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox Mrs. Fox $21.1M 2009
76% Julie & Julia Julia Child $94.2M 2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Actor 2009
No Score Yet Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak Actor 2009
80% Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier $33.5M 2008
55% Mamma Mia! Donna $143.8M 2008
40% Dark Matter Joanna Silver 2008
72% Theater of War Actor 2008
27% Lions for Lambs Janine Roth $15M 2007
47% Rendition Corrine Whitman $9.7M 2007
27% Evening Lila Wittenborn $12.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Magic 7 Actor 2007
No Score Yet Ocean Voyagers Narrator 2007
70% POV Actor 2006
85% Hurricane on the Bayou Narrator 2006
62% The Ant Bully Queen Ant $28.2M 2006
75% The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly $124.8M 2006
82% A Prairie Home Companion Yolanda Johnson 2006
58% Stolen Childhoods Narrator 2005
50% Prime Lisa Metzger $22.8M 2005
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Aunt Josephine $118.5M 2004
80% The Manchurian Candidate Eleanor Shaw $65.8M 2004
61% Stuck on You Herself $33.9M 2003
No Score Yet Chrysanthemum and More Kevin Henkes Stories Actor 2002
80% The Hours Clarissa Vaughan $41.5M 2002
91% Adaptation Susan Orlean $22.2M 2002
No Score Yet Secret Service Edith Varney 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Vermeer: Master of Light Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Actor 2000
63% Music of the Heart Roberta 1999
66% Dancing at Lughnasa Kate Mundy 1998
89% One True Thing Kate Gulden 1998
No Score Yet Voices & Visions: William Styron Actor 1998
No Score Yet Jamás Causaré Daño Executive Producer Lori Reimuller 1997
No Score Yet Assignment: Rescue Host 1997
84% Marvin's Room Lee 1996
32% Before and After Carolyn Ryan 1996
No Score Yet The Universal Story Actor 1996
90% The Bridges of Madison County Francesca Johnson 1995
No Score Yet The Living Sea Narrator 1995
56% The River Wild Gail 1994
30% The House of the Spirits Clara Trueba 1994
51% Death Becomes Her Madeline Ashton 1992
No Score Yet Night Before Christmas Actor 1992
97% Defending Your Life Julia 1991
87% Postcards from the Edge Suzanne Vale 1990
No Score Yet Arctic Refuge: A Vanishing Wilderness Narrator 1990
44% She-Devil Mary Fisher 1989
92% Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark) Lindy Chamberlain 1988
No Score Yet Tailor of Gloucester Narrator 1988
No Score Yet Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre Narrator 1988
62% Ironweed Helen Archer 1987
47% Heartburn Rachel Samstat 1986
60% Out of Africa Karen Blixen 1985
57% Plenty Susan Traherne 1985
58% Falling in Love Molly Gilmore 1984
No Score Yet In Our Hands Atomic bomb survivor 1984
79% Silkwood Karen Silkwood 1983
77% Sophie's Choice Sophie Zawistowska 1982
67% Still of the Night Brooke Reynolds 1982
No Score Yet Alice at the Palace Alice 1982
74% The French Lieutenant's Woman Sarah/Anna 1981
91% Kramer vs. Kramer Joanna Kramer 1979
83% The Seduction of Joe Tynan Karen Traynor 1979
No Score Yet Uncommon Women... and Others Actor 1979
95% Manhattan Jill 1979
94% The Deer Hunter Linda 1978
72% Julia Anne Marie 1977
No Score Yet Everybody Rides the Carousel Actor 1976

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest Appearing
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice Narrator Appearing
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2000
97% Five Came Back
2017
Narrator
  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet Makers
2013-2014
Narrator
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Camilla Bowner
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Nightline
1980
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet POV
1988
Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000-2017
Appearing
  • 2005
92% Angels in America
2003
Hannah Pitt Hannah Pitt/Ethel Rosenberg/The Rabbi
  • 2003
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 1999
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1994

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