97 Facts About Meryl Streep

1. Meryl Streep broke into films in the 1970s with a role in the 1977 drama Julia.

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2. Meryl Streep began her career on the New York stage in the late 1960s and appeared in several Broadway productions, including a 1977 revival of the Anton Chekhov drama The Cherry Orchard.

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3. In 2015, Meryl Streep starred opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer in the Jonathan Demme and Diablo Cody film Ricki and the Flash, playing an aging rock star who returns home to reconcile with her family.

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4. Meryl Streep got a chance to show some of her comic skills as a villain in the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate.

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5. Meryl Streep was born on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey.

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6. Meryl Streep moved to New York City in 1975 and was cast by Joseph Papp in a production of Trelawny of the Wells.

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7. Meryl Streep is married to sculptor Don Gummer and has four children with him Henry, Mamie(actress), Grace and Louisa (model).

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8. Meryl Streep spent months watching broadcasts of Margaret Thatcher, to learn her mannerisms and speech, in preparation for the role.

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9. Roger Ebert said of her delivery that Meryl Streep had the enchanting Polish-American accent, "the first accent I've ever wanted to hug.

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10. Meryl Streep is one of the six actors to have won three or more competitive Academy Awards for acting.

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11. Meryl Streep played a variety of roles onstage, from Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream to an 80-year-old woman in a wheelchair in a comedy written by then-unknown playwrights Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato.

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12. Meryl Streep demonstrated an early ability to mimic accents and to quickly memorize her lines.

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13. At the age of 12, Meryl Streep was selected to sing at a school recital, which led to her having opera lessons from Estelle Liebling.

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14. Meryl Streep is a distant relative of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, records show that her family is among the first purchasers of land in the state.

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15. Meryl Streep is often mixed up with Glenn Close, a longtime friend of hers.

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16. Meryl Streep got a song in the stage version of Fame, which is titled "Think of Meryl Streep.

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17. Meryl Streep is known for her ability to command accents; she's nailed everything from Australian, British, Danish and Italian to New York Bronx.

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18. Meryl Streep said, "I would like Martin Scorsese to be interested in a female character once in a while, but I don't know if I'll live that long.

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19. Meryl Streep told London's The Daily Mirror, "I was not thrilled with her policies or her politics because my friends and I were all playing for the other team.

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20. Meryl Streep had to drop out of Thelma and Louise because of pregnancy; she almost starred in Minority Report and in Alien (as Ripley), but Sigourney Weaver stepped into the role instead.

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21. At this point in her career, Meryl Streep has won three Oscars, tying her with Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis.

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22. Meryl Streep has a rare talent to play equally great in drama, comedy, and musicals.

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23. Meryl Streep got the role in "The Deer Hunter" after De Niro saw her performance in "The Cherry Orchard.

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24. Meryl Streep can easily command different accents, starting from Australian, Italian, German, Polish, to even New York Bronx.

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25. Meryl Streep is one of the most outstanding and recognized actresses of the entire generation.

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26. Meryl Streep was awarded alongside Stevie Wonder and 18 other people who have done amazing things to help the country progress.

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27. Meryl Streep became the spokesperson for the museum after the CEO wrote her a letter telling her how thoughtful and kind she is.

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28. Meryl Streep is, with very little room for debate, the greatest actress of our time.

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29. Meryl Streep was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 16, 1998.

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30. Meryl Streep has an estimated net worth of $65 million.

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31. Meryl Streep is cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation.

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32. Meryl Streep delivered an ebullient and sympathetic performance in the title role of Florence Foster Jenkins, about the tragicomic but ultimately inspiring efforts of a syphilitic society matron to establish an opera career.

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33. In 2015, Meryl Streep starred opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer in the Jonathan Demme and Diablo Cody film Ricki and the Flash.

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34. In 2013 Meryl Streep starred in the volatile family drama August: Osage County, earning yet another Oscar nomination.

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35. Meryl Streep earned another Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an overbearing fashion magazine editor in The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

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36. In 2003, Meryl Streep appeared unaccredited in the comedy Stuck on You and starred in the HBO play adaptation Angels in America.

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37. In 1998 Meryl Streep played a cancer sufferer caught in a difficult family situation, playing the mother of Renee Zellweger and wife of William Hurt in One True Thing.

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38. Meryl Streep repeated the success story with the biographical film, Silkwood released in 1983.

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39. Meryl Streep won her second Academy Award—her first for best actress—for her work on the film.

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40. Meryl Streep started voice training at age 12 and took up acting in high school.

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41. Meryl Streep applied for law school but she missed the interview because of over sleeping.

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42. Meryl Streep is extremely well-known with her great works in the American cinema; her life is full of challenges and turning points.

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43. Meryl Streep could only recall six of her nominated movies as part of Kimmel's comedy bit.

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44. Meryl Streep was last nominated for her role in The Post in 2018, in which she played Katharine Graham, the second female publisher of a major American newspaper.

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45. Meryl Streep got in touch with Nicole about joining the cast after the show scooped four Golden Globes.

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46. In 2014, Meryl Streep established two scholarships for students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell—the Meryl Streep Endowed Scholarship for English majors, and the Joan Hertzberg Endowed Scholarship for math majors.

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47. Meryl Streep learned to play the guitar for the semi-autobiographical drama-comedy film, which again featured Streep with her eldest daughter Mamie Gummer.

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48. Meryl Streep re-teamed with Mamma Mia director Phyllida Lloyd on The Iron Lady, a British biographical film about Margaret Thatcher, which takes a look at the Prime Minister during the Falklands War and her years in retirement.

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49. Meryl Streep replaced singer Madonna, who left the project before filming began due to creative differences with director Wes Craven.

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50. Meryl Streep appeared opposite Michael Gambon and Catherine McCormack in Pat O'Connor's Dancing at Lughnasa, which was entered into the Venice Film Festival in its year of release.

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51. Meryl Streep had spent much time listening to tapes of Blixen, and began speaking in an old-fashioned and aristocratic fashion, which Pollack thought excessive.

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52. Meryl Streep plays the Brooklyn scenes with an enchanting Polish-American accent, and she plays the flashbacks in subtitled German and Polish.

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53. Meryl Streep was a high school cheerleader for the Bernards High School Mountaineers and was chosen as the homecoming queen her senior year.

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54. Meryl Streep has received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight—more nominations, and wins, than any other actor.

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55. Meryl Streep was accepting the Cecil B DeMille lifetime honor, and when Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect.

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56. Meryl Streep is a brilliant actress, but apparently she's an incredible physical comedian.

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57. Meryl Streep is the godmother of fellow actress Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher.

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58. Meryl Streep married sculptor Don Gummer six months after Cazale's death.

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59. Meryl Streep lived with actor John Cazale for three years until his death from lung cancer in March 1978.

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60. On October 4, 2012, Meryl Streep donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron.

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61. Meryl Streep is the spokesperson for the National Women's History Museum, to which she has made significant donations, and hosted numerous events.

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62. In 2008, Meryl Streep was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the Mamma Mia! soundtrack.

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63. Meryl Streep has stated that she grew up listening to artists such as Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan, and she learned a lot about how to use her voice, her "instrument", by listening to Barbra Streisand's albums.

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64. Meryl Streep received her 31st Golden Globe nomination and 21st Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

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65. In 2015, Meryl Streep starred in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash, playing a grocery store checkout worker by day who is a rock musician at night, and who has one last chance to reconnect with her estranged family.

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66. In July 2014, it was announced that Meryl Streep would portray Maria Callas in Master Class, but the project was pulled after director Mike Nichols's death in November of the same year.

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67. Meryl Streep had a small role in the period drama film The Homesman.

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68. Meryl Streep was aware of the book before being offered the role by co-star and producer Jeff Bridges.

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69. In 2013, Meryl Streep starred alongside Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor in the black comedy drama August: Osage County about a dysfunctional family that re-unites into the familial house when their patriarch suddenly disappears.

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70. Meryl Streep re-united with Prada director David Frankel on the set of the romantic comedy-drama film Hope Springs, co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.

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71. Meryl 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.

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72. In this period, Meryl Streep had a short role alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, and her eldest daughter Mamie Gummer in Lajos Koltai's drama film Evening, based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Susan Minot.

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73. Meryl Streep portrayed the powerful and demanding Miranda Priestly, fashion magazine editor.

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74. Meryl Streep starred alongside Kevin Kline and Austin Pendleton in this three-and-a-half-hour play.

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75. Meryl Streep appeared alongside Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in Stephen Daldry's The Hours, based on the 1999 novel by Michael Cunningham.

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76. The same year, Meryl Streep began work on Spike Jonze's comedy-drama Adaptation.

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77. Meryl Streep received nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance.

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78. Meryl Streep portrayed Roberta Guaspari, a real-life New Yorker who found passion and enlightenment teaching violin to the inner-city kids of East Harlem, in the music drama Music of the Heart.

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79. Meryl Streep played the estranged sister of Bessie, a woman battling leukemia, in Marvin's Room (1996), an adaptation of the play by Scott McPherson.

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80. Meryl Streep appeared with Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close and Winona Ryder in The House of the Spirits, set during the military dictatorship of Chile.

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81. Meryl Streep has said of perfecting the Australian accent in the film: "I had to study a little bit for Australian because it's not dissimilar [to American], so it's like coming from Italian to Spanish.

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82. Meryl Streep perfected an English accent for the part, but considered herself a misfit for the role: " I couldn't help wishing that I was more beautiful".

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83. In the drama Kramer vs Kramer, Meryl Streep was cast opposite Dustin Hoffman as an unhappily married woman who abandons her husband and child.

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84. Meryl Streep travelled to Germany and Austria for filming while Cazale remained in New York.

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85. Meryl Streep moved to New York City in 1975, and was cast by Joseph Papp in a production of Trelawny of the Wells at the Public Theater, opposite Mandy Patinkin and John Lithgow.

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86. Meryl Streep enrolled as a visiting student at Dartmouth College in the fall of 1970, and received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the college in 1981.

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87. Meryl Streep played a variety of roles on stage, from Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream to an 80-year-old woman in a wheelchair in a comedy written by then-unknown playwrights Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato.

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88. Meryl Streep had many Catholic school friends, and regularly attended mass.

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89. At the age of 12, Meryl Streep was selected to sing at a school recital, leading to her having opera lessons from Estelle Liebling.

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90. Meryl Streep was raised as a Presbyterian in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and attended Cedar Hill Elementary School and the Oak Street School, which was a Junior High school back then.

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91. Meryl Streep has said: "She was a mentor because she said to me, 'Meryl, you're capable.

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92. Meryl Streep is the second cousin 7 times removed of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania; records show that her family is among the first purchasers of land in the state.

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93. Meryl Streep made her stage debut in Trelawny of the Wells in 1975.

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94. Meryl Streep has received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight—more nominations, and wins, than any other actor.

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95. Meryl Streep is very funny as a tyrannical fashion magazine editor and Anne Hathaway is at her most appealing as the editor's hapless personal assistant.

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96. Meryl Streep plays Donna, a former pop star whose daughter wants to know who her real daddy is.

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97. Meryl Streep already has a streak going with nominations for "Florence.

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