Meryl Streep Biography |
  • Meryl Streep Biography

    Born: June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, USA

    For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a  career  that  has  cut  its  own  unique  path  from  the  theatre   through  film and television.

    Streep was educated  in the New Jersey public school system through high school, graduated  cum laude from Vassar College, and received her MFA with honors from Yale University in 1975.   She began  her professional life on the  New York stage, where she quickly established her signature versatility and verve as an actor. Within three  years  of graduation, she  made  her  Broadway debut,  won  an  Emmy® (for HOLOCAUST) and received her first Oscar® nomination (for THE DEER HUNTER).   In
    2010,  in  a  record  that  is unsurpassed,  she  won  her  sixteenth  Academy Award nomination for her role as Julia Child in Nora Ephron's JULIE AND JULIA.

    Streep has pursued her interest in the environment through her work with Mothers and Others, a consumer advocacy group that she co-founded in 1989.  M&O worked for ten years to promote sustainable agriculture, establish new pesticide regulations, and increase the availability of organic and sustainably grown local foods. She also lends   her   efforts   to   Equality  Now,  and   Women   for  Women   International, organizations that work to support and protect the human rights of women and girls worldwide, and Partners in Health.  She is a member of the Vassar College Board of Trustees and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She has been accorded a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the  American Film Institute,  and  this year,  The National Medal of Arts by President Obama.

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