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Meryl Streep Biography

Birth Name:
Mary Louise Streep
Birth Place:
Summit, New Jersey, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be an opera singer when she was young
  • Was a cheerleader and the homecoming queen in high school
  • Sigourney Weaver was a classmate at Yale Drama School
  • Said that her all-time favorite actress is Bette Davis, who sent Streep a complimentary letter early in her career
  • Received Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Award as Woman of the Year in 1980
  • With her Oscar nomination for Adaptation (2002), surpassed Katharine Hepburn's record 12 nominations to become the most nominated actor/actress in Oscar history
  • Had to wear extra-high heels while playing Julia Child in 2009's Julie & Julia because she's 8 inches shorter than Child
  • Help fund the Writers Lab, run by the New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS (a collective of female filmmakers), which aims to increase opportunities for female screenwriters over the age of 40

Awards

  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2017BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2016Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2014Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: winner
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2011Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2011New York Film Critics Online-Best Actress: winner
  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2011New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2009People's Choice Awards-Favorite Song from a Soundtrack: winner
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2009New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 2009Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2008Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2008Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2008Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2008Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2008Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2008Women Film Critics Circle-Best Comedic Actress: winner
  • 2008Vancouver Film Critics-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 2007BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 2006Women Film Critics Circle-Best Comedic Performance: winner
  • 2006New York Film Critics Society-Best Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2006National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2002Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1999Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1998Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1990Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1989Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1989Cannes Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 1988Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1988New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1987BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1987Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1986People's Choice Awards-Favorite Motion Picture Actress: winner
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1985Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1985People's Choice Awards-Favorite Motion Picture Actress: winner
  • 1985Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 1984BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1984People's Choice Awards-Favorite Motion Picture Actress: winner
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1983Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1982BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1982Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1982Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 1982National Board of Review-Best Actress: winner
  • 1982National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 1982New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1981BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1981Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1981Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actress: winner
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 1979Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1979Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1979National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1979National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1979New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1978Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1978National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner

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