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Celebrity Then And Now
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Meryl Streep

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Famous For:
Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, The Iron Lady
Networth:
$90 Million
Currently Known For:
Big Little Lies
Famous Years:
1975 - Present
Birthdate:
June 22, 1949
Meryl Streep


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  famous for:
Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, The Iron Lady

  networth:
$90 Million

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Every young actress in Hollywood today always has the same answer when asked which actress they look up to the most: Meryl Streep. After all, Streep is a pretty good actress to want to base your career off of, and a lot of award shows feel the same way. She’s been nominated for more than 50 combined Oscar and Golden Globe awards, putting on some of the finest performances in film history. Now in her 70s, Streep isn’t slowing down, and has plenty of work coming up that will set the bar even higher as she shatters Hollywood records.Advertisements:


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Streep’s parents hadn’t worked in acting, with her mom being an artist and her father working in the business side of pharmaceutics. Streep herself was born in Summit, New Jersey on June 22, 1949 and was raised nearby in Basking, Ridge. Growing up, Streep was a model student that trained in both singing and acting, with her focus going more on the latter when she entered high school. Streep wasn’t learning from professionals, but still showed the potential to be a star.

The talented Streep landed at Vassar College in the late 1960s where she stood out among the crowd, earning her degree from the college in the early 1970s. Streep wanted to continue pursuing an acting career, and went to the prestigious Yale School of Drama. While there, she was working jobs to make ends meet and was appearing on stage frequently, finishing up school in 1975.

In 1976, Streep made her television debut, but she wasn’t actually on the camera. Instead, Streep did voice work for the TV movie “Everybody Rides the Carousel”. The following year, Streep made her film debut in “Julia”, and also appeared in multiple TV movies and miniseries to wrap up the 1970s. Streep’s film career started to take off around this time, as she starred in “The Deer Hunter”, as well as “Kramer vs. Kramer”. Both of these films earned Streep an Oscar nomination, winning for “Kramer vs. Kramer”.

The Oscar nominations kept piling up for Streep during the 1980s with six in total. She had been nominated for films such as “Evil Angels”, “Out of Africa” and “Silkwood”, earning herself a win for “Sophie’s Choice” thanks to her leading role. The 1990s continued this trend, with four of her films landing Streep Oscar nominations, though she wouldn’t win any despite strong performances in “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Music of the Heart”.

During this time, Streep had also made a return to television with a TV movie role and a couple of voice roles in the popular animated shows “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill”. In the 2000s, Streep has made several more TV appearances, mostly coming in the miniseries and documentary departments. Her most recent small screen acting roles have come from “Web Therapy” and “Big Little Lies” in 2019.

So far in this millennium, Streep has stockpiled Oscar nominations even further. Nine of her films that were released since 2000 have had Oscar nominated performances by Streep, starting out with “Adaptation”. After all of those nominations and nearly 30 years without a win, Streep finally broke through with her performance as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”. Since then, four more roles have been recognized, most recently in 2017’s “The Post”.

Streep’s most recent films overall include “Mary Poppins Returns” and the sequel to the musical “Mamma Mia”. Coming up, Streep has several more films, including an adaptation of “Little Women”. She’ll also be working with directors Steven Soderbergh (for “The Laundromat”) and will be teaming up with Martin Scorsese.

Throughout most of her career, Streep has been married to sculptor Don Gummer, with their marriage lasting for more than 40 years now. Along the way, the couple has had four children, all of whom have gone into acting. “Teamwork is everything,” Streep said of being a busy actress while raising four children. “My husband...was and still is very involved. He is a little more relaxed when it comes to raising kids. I’m more of a tiger mom.”

While there are many actresses that look up to Streep, there are some that will drop out of a role if they find out that Streep is considering that same role. When asked about this, Streep said that “I do believe it’s a little bit exaggerated, but I cannot complain. I have been very fortunate when it comes to roles. But there are many good women out there who do fantastic work, I’m sure I’m not taking work away from anyone else.”

Streep also gives some advice for those that want to try and emulate her prestigious career and abilities. “You just have to keep on doing what you do,” she said, adding that “I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you...Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.”

Streep’s prominence in Hollywood has also allowed her to pick and choose, which has left her in a very fortunate situation careerwise. “I have a very good life - I’m lucky enough not to be deprived,” she said. “Show business has been really, really good to me because I can work and take a lot of time off, and I’m (an) extremely undisciplined person.” These days, Streep says she also doesn’t plan for the future. “Now I don’t mind drifting along and finding myself in new situations,” she said. “I like it, actually."

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