Meryl Streep started acting on film in 1977 when she appeared in a made for television movie called Secret Service. Her talent was easy to see and it did not take long for her to start landing significant roles in larger major motion pictures. It also did not take Meryl Streep long to establish herself as a Hollywood icon. In 1978 she landed the role of Linda in the critically acclaimed movie the Deer Hunter. For her work in her first major motion picture Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar as the best supporting actress. She lost that Oscar but it was a foreshadowing of things to come. The next year she starred along with Dustin Hoffman in the critical and financial smash hit Kramer Versus Kramer. Once again she was nominated for best supporting actress and this time she won the Oscar. After only two years of making movies Meryl Streep had already achieved Hollywood’s biggest honor and she was no where near done just yet.
In 1981 she starred in the French Lieutenant’s Woman and was nominated this time for an Oscar as best leading actress. Even though she lost the Oscar this time she established herself as an actress with impressive dramatic range and she was on the Hollywood A-list as a very serious actress. In 1982 she won her first Oscar as a leading lady for her role in Sophie’s Choice. Her Oscar for Sophie’s Choice would be the last Oscar she would win but it would certainly not be the last one she would be nominated for. After the 1982 Oscar winning performance Meryl Streep went on to be nominated for the best leading actress Oscar an astonishing 9 times and best supporting actress once and even though she has not one an Oscar since 1982 it should be noted that she received a nomination for the 2007 movie The Devil Wears Prada. Meryl Streep has played a Nazi in a very serious role and a melodramatic sleaze novel writer in a comedy. Her ability to parody her own public image has made her endearing to movie going audiences and her ability to consistently put forth some of the best performances ever captured on film continues to make her one of the most in demand actors in Hollywood and one of the most respected actors in the history of movies.