Mary Louise (Meryl) Strip Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American theater, film, television and voice actress, film producer. Film experts and critics consider her one of the greatest actresses of our time.
Meryl Streep's most notable films are The Deer Hunter (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie's Choice (1982), Out of Africa (1985), The Bridges of Madison County (1995) , "Adaptation" (2002), "Watch" (2002), "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006), "Mamma Mia!" (2008), "Doubt" (2008), "Julie and Julia: Cooking happiness according to the recipe" (2009), Iron Lady (2011), Spring Hopes (2012), August: Osage County (2013), Into the Woods (2014), Ricky and the Flash (2015) and "Florence Foster Jenkins" (2016).
Place of Birth. Education. Mary Louise Streep was born June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey. Father is a pharmaceutical company manager, mother Mary Woolf is an artist. In addition to Meryl, her two brothers, Dan and Harry, grew up in the family. The family belonged to the Presbyterian Church, the mother of the actress was of Swiss, Irish and English origin, her father was Dutch, his distant ancestors were Sephardic.
She spent her entire childhood in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where she attended Bernards High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Vassar College in 1971 and studied for a quarter exchange at Dartmouth College. Subsequently, the actress also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. While studying at the Yale School of Drama, the actress played the roles of various characters in the local theater circle: from the cutesy Elena in Shakespeare's 2 Midsummer Night's Dream "to the 80-year-old old woman in the play based on the play by Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato" The Idiot Karamazov.
In 2010, the actress became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
Film career. Meryl Streep began her acting career in the theater; in 1971 she played in a play based on the play by Tirso de Molina "Seville Seducer". The film debut took place in 1977 with the release of Fred Zinnemann's melodrama Julia.
A year later, Meryl agreed to the role of Linda in Michael Cimino's military drama The Deer Hunter. The film became an event, it was nominated for nine Oscars and won five of them, including in the Best Picture category. Meryl Streep herself was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, but lost to Maggie Smith.
In 1979, Meryl Streep appeared in three films: Woody Allen's romantic comedy Manhattan, Jerry Schatzberg's political thriller Seduction by Joe Tynan, and Robert Benton's social drama Kramer vs. Kramer. All three films were very well received by the public and critics and awarded. The latter film received nine Oscar nominations and won five of them, including Best Picture. For the role of designer Joanna Kramer, who is suing her husband because of a five-year-old child, Meryl Streep received her first statuette in her life at the 52nd award ceremony; in addition, she became the winner of the Golden Globe Award.
After the success at the Oscars, Meryl Streep became fully in demand in Hollywood and received many new filming offers. The first role of the actress in the 1980s was the role of Sarah Woodruff in Karel Reisch's melodrama "The French Lieutenant's Woman" based on the classic novel by John Fowles. Together with her, the then aspiring actor Jeremy Irons played. Well-coordinated acting work brought Meryl Streep the first BAFTA award, the second Golden Globe "and the third Oscar nomination.
In 1982, Alan Pakula's drama "Sophie's Choice" (a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by William Styron) was released on the screens of world cinemas, in which Meryl Streep played the Polish Sophie Zawistowski, who survived the Nazi occupation and emigrated to the United States. For the performance of this role, the actress was awarded the second statuette of the Oscar and the third Golden Globe.
In 1985, Meryl Streep played Danish Baroness Karen von Blixen-Fineke in Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa. The film collected a good box office and many film awards, including seven Oscars and three Golden Globes. Drama Fred Schepisi "Scream in the Dark" (1988) brought the actress new nominations for "Oscar" and "Golden Globe" and the only career award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
The first half of the 1990s was the most unsuccessful in the career of Meryl Streep. If for the failed comedy "Devil" the actress was nominated for the "Golden Globe", then in the future, failures pursued the actress on the heels. In the first half of the 1990s, Streep played in such films as Defending Your Life (1991), Death Becomes Her (1992), Spirit House (1993), Wild River (1994). The only successful project among them was Clint Eastwood's drama The Bridges of Madison County, in which the actress reincarnated as a respectable Italian Francesca Johnson.
In 2001, the actress began work on portraying the journalist Susan Orlean in Spike Jonze's tragicomedy Adaptation, for which Streep received her fourth Golden Globe Award, as well as Oscar and BAFTA nominations.
In 2002, Meryl Streep appeared in Stephen Daldry's drama The Hours, where her co-stars were Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore.
In 2006, she portrayed Miranda Priestley, a domineering designer and editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, in David Frenkel's comedy The Devil Wears Prada (2006), which grossed over $300 million at the box office. Priestley was based on real-life fashion editor Anna Wintour, in in connection with which she tried to make her character correspond to the real image; especially for the picture, the actress even went on a diet and lost 10 kilograms. The film was well received by film critics, who also praised Meryl Streep's performance.
In 2008, director Phyllida Lloyd began preparing for the filming of the musical Mamma Mia!, in which Meryl Streep was invited to play the lead role. The film grossed $609 million worldwide, but received mixed reviews from film critics. In the film, Meryl Streep sang repeatedly and after the release of the film she even released a song album, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 2011, in Phyllida Lloyd's drama biopic The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep played British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Despite most of the negative reviews from Thatcher's colleagues and her supporters, critics praised Meryl Streep's acting.
On December 15, 2011, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 69th Golden Globe Awards and also won a second BAFTA award. The actress was also predicted to be nominated for an Oscar, for which the actress was eventually nominated, having already received the 17th nomination for this award. On February 26, 2012, Meryl Streep won her third Oscar statuette.
February 14, 2012 Meryl Streep was awarded the honorary prize of the Berlin Film Festival - "Golden Bear".
In February 2016, she was President of the Jury for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Her only film of 2016 was the biographical tragicomedy Florence Foster Jenkins. For the role of an opera singer with a complete lack of musical ear and voice, who dreamed of performing at Carnegie Hall, the actress was nominated for the Golden Globe and BAFTA, as well as the 20th anniversary Oscar.
In 2017, Meryl Streep starred in Steven Spielberg's political thriller The Secret File, playing the head of The Washington Post, Kay Graham, who, together with Ben Bradley (played by Tom Hanks), decides to publish scandalous documents about US involvement in the Vietnam War, despite threats by the government to shut down the newspaper. The actress received new nominations for Oscar and Golden Globe.
In 2018, Streep joined the cast of the second season of Big Little Lies, where she will play the role of Mary Louise Wright.
Awards. The actress is a three-time Oscar winner (with 21 nominations for acting - more than any other actor or actress in the history of cinema), Emmy, Satellite, two-time BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award winner, nine-time winner of the Golden Globe Award (with 30 nominations; an absolute record in the entire history of the award), winner of the honorary Cesar Award, and the owner of a nominal star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the winner of the two largest film festivals in the world - Cannes (1989) and Berlin (2003).
The actress received her first Oscar nomination for her role as Linda in Michael Cimino's war drama The Deer Hunter, her first Oscar nomination for her role as the protagonist's wife in the social drama Kramer vs. Sophie's Choice, and third for portraying British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady biopic.
Personal life. Meryl Streep was engaged to actor John Cazale from 1976 until his death from lung cancer in March 1978. In the same year, the actress married sculptor Don Gummer, with whom she has four children: Henry "Hank" Wolf Gummer (b. November 13, 1979), Mary Willa "Mami" Gummer (b. August 3, 1983), Grace Jane Gummer (b. May 9, 1986) and Louise Jacobson Gummer (b. June 12, 1991). Mamie and Grace became actresses, Hank is a musician performing under the name Henry Wolfe.