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MERYL STREEP plays Eleanor Prentiss Shaw, a powerful U.S. senator who has ambitious plans for her son, war hero and congressman, Raymond Shaw. 

Regarded as one of the world's finest actors, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through television and film. A two-time Academy Award® winner and a recipient of a record-breaking 13 Oscar® nominations, Streep recently was honored by the American Film Institute with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received the new Dramatists' Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Stanislavsky Award at the Moscow International Film Festival. In addition, Streep was awarded a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her starring role alongside Al Pacino and Emma Thompson in the HBO epic "Angels in America,” directed by Mike Nichols, from Tony Kushner's adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning plays.  Streep made her acting debut at Vassar College starring in the title role in Strindberg's "Miss Julie,” and later won a scholarship to the Yale School of Drama where she received an M.F.A. degree and the Carol Dye Acting Award, becoming the first woman in the school's history to receive this honor.

After a summer with the O'Neill Playwrights conference in Connecticut, Streep moved to New York and made her debut in Joseph Papp's Lincoln Center production of "Trelawney of the Wells.” At Phoenix Repertory, for her performances in rotating productions of the Civil War melodrama "Secret Service,” Arthur Miller's "A Memory of Two Mondays” and Tennessee Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton,” Streep won the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater World Award and a Tony nomination. She performed in seven productions during her first season in New York, including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Henry V” and "Measure for Measure,” opposite John Cazale and Sam Waterston. She starred on Broadway in the Brecht/Weill musical "Happy End,” and won an Obie for her performance in the all-sung, off-Broadway production of "Alice at the Palace.” During this period she also won the Emmy for Best Actress for her portrayal of a devastated German wife in the controversial eight-part miniseries "Holocaust.”

Meryl Streep began her feature film career as Jane Fonda's society friend in "Julia,” directed by Fred Zinnemann. In her second screen role, Streep starred opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in "The Deer Hunter,” receiving her first Oscar® nomination. Her next film was the political drama "The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” with Alan Alda. She returned to the stage that summer to star opposite Raul Julia in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Taming of the Shrew,” and during the day alternated filming "Manhattan” for Woody Allen and "Kramer vs. Kramer” with Dustin Hoffman. Playing Hoffman's troubled ex-wife in a custody battle, she garnered her first Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress.

She won her third Oscar® nomination and the British Academy Award for her next film, "The French Lieutenant's Woman,” directed by Karel Reisz, in which she played the dual roles of a sophisticated contemporary actress and a tragic 19th-century heroine. The following year, she won the Academy Award® for Best Actress for her extraordinary performance in the title role of "Sophie's Choice,” directed by Alan J. Pakula from his adaptation of William Styron's novel. She was nominated again the next year, for her portrayal of Karen Silkwood, the activist/heroine of Mike Nichols' "Silkwood.” Reuniting with Robert De Niro in her next film, "Falling in Love,” she won the David Award, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar®.

Streep completed two films in 1985: Fred Schepisi's screen adaptation of David Hare's "Plenty” and Sydney Pollack's sweeping romantic adventure "Out of Africa,” for which she received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress. She then

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