Sunday, June 22, 2014

MERYL STREEP ~ June 22, 1949

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Born Mary Louise Streep
June 22, 1949 (1949-06-22) (age 61)
Summit, New Jersey,
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Don Gummer (1978–present)

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in theatre, television and film. She is widely regarded as one of the most talented and respected movie actors of the modern era.

Streep made her professional stage debut in 1971's The Playboy of Seville, before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season in 1977. In that same year, she made her film debut with Julia. Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the former giving Streep her first Oscar nomination and the latter her first win. She later won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Sophie's Choice (1982).

Streep has received 16 Academy Award nominations, winning two, and 25 Golden Globe nominations, winning seven, more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. Her work has also earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, five Grammy Award nominations, a BAFTA award, an Australian Film Institute Award and a Tony Award nomination, amongst others.

Meryl Streep is one of my all time favorite actors. But who would disagree with that? Although she's been nominated for more Academy Awards than anyone else, before this year she had received only one for Best Actress! By rights she should have at least five by now. Of course, now there has been a partial correction with her winning the Best Actress award as Lady Thatcher the The Iron Lady. In any case, her performance in Sophie's Choice remains one of the most poignant I have ever witnessed. We overlapped in New Haven for a couple of years. I'm sure I saw her in several performances of the the Yale Rep, though at the time she was not one of the principal stars. She sure showed them! Think of the variety of roles she has played from The French Lieutenant's Woman, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, Postcards from the Edge, The Devil Wears Prada to Mama Mia & Julie and Julia! But my favorite is still Sophie's Choice.

Today is also the birthday of my friend Ju-ling. Best wishes to you today and always!

1 comment:

jutka said...

She is my favored actress. Thank you for the posting! Hugs.

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