Widely regarded as one of Hollywood's greatest actresses, Meryl Streep has played a mind boggling array of roles and amassed an astonishing list of awards and nominations. And the list is sure to grow. Mary Louise Streep, born on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey, devoted her college years to learning the art of acting, earning a BA in drama from Vassar and an MFA from Yale. She began her career in the theater in 1971, appearing in the play The Playboy of Seville. Meryl then hit the ground running on the big screen: Her first film role was in 1977's Julia, which she followed up a year later with The Deer Hunter - earning her the first of 14 Oscar nominations, the most of any actor or actress in the award show's history. Her role in the television miniseries The Holocaust won her an Emmy and 1979's Kramer vs Kramer, co-starring Dustin Hoffman, won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Other critical successes came quickly, including The French Lieutenant's Woman, Silkwood and 1982's Sophie's Choice, which earned Meryl a second Oscar. Wanting to show her lighter side, Meryl demonstrated that she had the acting skills to make an audience laugh in the comedies She-Devil with Roseanne, Postcards from the Edge and Death Becomes Her with Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. She even tried her hand as an action figure in the 1994 film The River Wild with Kevin Bacon. Other notable films for Meryl include The Bridges of Madison County, Adaptation and The Manchurian Candidate. More recently, she won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nomination for her role as a tyrannical magazine editor in the comedy The Devil Wears Prada. In a mere three decades, Meryl has received 21 Golden Globe nominations and six awards (an honor for which she is tied with Jack Nicholson), two Oscars, two Emmys, two Screen Actor's Guild Awards and a BAFTA Award.
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