The Life Of Meryl Streep

Born in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl Streep started out as Mary Louise Streep. She went to Yale and graduated with a MFA in Drama. Her first film roll was in 1977 in JULIA. She had a small role, but it only served to wet her appetite to go further. She went onto act in KRAMER VS KRAMER, SOPHIE'S CHOICE, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, DEATH BECOMES HER, DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, THE RIVER WILD, and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Most of these films have either garnered her a nomination for an Academy Award or winning the Academy Award.
Meryl Streep is married with four children and one of her daughters, Mamie Gummer has gone into acting and is currently in off Broadway plays and skits. She encourages her children to be the best they can be whether it is fly fishing or acting. Her husband, Don Gummer, is a sculptor. Their four children are Henry born in 1979, Mary Willa (Mamie) born in 1983, Grace Jane born in 1986, and Louisa Jacobson born in 1991.

It is said she made her debut on the stage in a Christmas play at her school. She wowed the audiences wit her French version of “O Holy Night.” Thus began her interest in singing and acting. If asked at that time, she would have said her future career would have been that of an opera singer. After being bitten by the acting bug, she went on to star in several plays and musicals at her high school and receive many standing ovations for her roles. Meryl said it was then she lost all he awkwardness she felt as a teenager and started to feel happy about her life. Her three short years at Yale yielded over thirty productions and she was ready to try out Brioadway.

Meryl Streep loves to try new things and many of her film roles call for her to learn a new skill in order to make the film role come alive for the audience. She learned to play the violin for MUSIC OF THE HEART. She learned how to do voice roles for her parts in the SIMPSONS and KING OF THE HILL. She was also the Blue Fairy voice in the motion picture AI. She is now going to learn how to sing a bit as she has been cast as Donna in the ABBA musical MAMMA MIA.

Meryl Streep also has a thriller coming out that also stars Jennifer Aniston in 2008. She is always working on something and hates to sit for too long. She does a lot of stage work and is seen frequently in many plays. The most recent including in 1980 “Alice in Concert”, in 2001 “The Seagull”, and in 2006 “Mother Courage and Her Children”. “Mother Courage” was done on a stage in Central Park and was overrun with people trying to get tickets even in the pouring rain sometimes. She acted alongside fellow actor Kevin Kline and was in almost every scene in the 4 hour production.

Her current roster of work includes 2008 FIRST MAN, 2008 DIRTY TRICKS, 2008 DOUBT, 2008 MAMMA MIA, 2007 LIONS FOR LAMBS, and 2007 RENDITION. She has a full schedule through the next two years it seems. Her acting genius will provide with great stories in the future several times.

Meryl Streep has held the record for the most Golden Globes wins which are at six after having been nominated twenty two times for the award. She just won another Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Her first Emmy was won in 1978 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series. The mini series was “Holocaust”. She has been nominated fifteen times for the Academy Award. She has her own star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. She won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 to go with all her other awards. Most of the awards in her possession are for Best Actress. She is a versatile performer and has been able to continually amaze audiences with her skills and talents. Whether it is in a play or movie production, everyone looks forward to seeing her perform again. Her work has spanned over thirty years and encompasses stage, movie, and television.
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