When reading Meryl Streep's biography, you can appreciate all of her hard work to earn the recognition of one of the greatest living film actress. Nominated sixteen times for an Academy Award, Ms. Streep frequently plays real-life characters: Julia Child, Ethel Rosenberg, Karen Silkwood, Karen Blixen, Roberta Guasppari, and Lindy Chamberlain. Meryl Streep is known as a perfectionist when preparing for her roles.

Born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, her father was a pharmaceutical executive and her mother was an artist-turned-housewife who kept a studio behind the house. Meryl’s mother Mary Streep, died in 2001 and father Harry Streep, died in 2004. She had a younger sister and brother, Dana and Harry.

Meryl Streep took singing lessons at an early age and at age twelve she began studies to become an opera singer. After graduating from Vassar in 1971, Meryl enrolled in the Yale School of Drama to study acting where Sigourney Weaver and Christine Estabrook also studied.

Meryl Streep's first film performance was a role in "Julia" in 1977, followed by a role in "The Deer Hunter" in 1978, where she was nominated for her first Oscar. Her performance in "Kramer vs. Kramer" earned her first Academy Award and her second Academy Award came with her 1982 role in "Sophie’s Choice."

After delivering highly acclaimed performances the next ten years, her roles in "Silkwood" in 1983, "Out of Africa" in 1985, "Ironweed" in 1987, and "A Cry in the Dark" in 1988, Meryl Streep's career slowed down in the early 90’s. With "The Bridges of Madison County" in 1995 opposite Clint Eastwood, Ms. Streep regained her popular stardom.

Ms. Streep continues to make movies. Her last was "It's Complicated" in 2009, opposite Alec Baldwin. Meryl Streep is truly one of the best actresses of all time. To the delight of her audience, Meryl Streep has the gifted quality of pulling her audience into the storyline from the beginning and does not let go until she has delivered the intended plot.

-Ginny Putscher