MERYL STREEP (Clarissa Vaughan), a two-time Academy
Award, winner and a recipient of twelve Oscar, nominations, recently completed
filming "Adaptation" starring opposite Nicolas Cage. Spike Jonze
directed this much-anticipated follow-up to "Being John Malkovich."
Born and raised in New Jersey, Streep began acting at Vassar,
where she won the title role in the first college production for which she
auditioned. An honors exchange program also allowed her to study in the drama
department at Dartmouth. After graduating from Vassar, she attended the renowned
Yale Drama School. She appeared in six of the seven plays presented annually by
the Yale Repertory Company, earning a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1975.
After a summer with the O'Neill Playwrights Conference in
Connecticut, Streep moved to New York City and landed the ingenue lead in Joseph
Papp's Lincoln Center production of "Trelawney of the Wells,"
delivering a powerful performance that stunned the critics. Before long, she
received an Outer Critics' Circle Award, a Theater World Award and a Tony
nomination for playing two different characters in a Phoenix Theater double bill
of Arthur Miller's "A Memory of Two Mondays" and Tennessee Williams'
"27 Wagons Full of Cotton."
Streep performed in no less than seven plays during her first
season in New York, including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of
"Henry V" as Catherine and "Measure for Measure" as
Isabella. She then starred on Broadway in Kurt Weill's "Happy End"
and won an Obie for her performance in the off-Broadway production, "Alice
at the Palace." During this period, Streep also won an Emmy for her
portrayal of a devastated German wife in the miniseries "Holocaust,"
and made her feature film debut as Jane Fonda's snooty society friend in Fred
In her second screen role, Streep appeared opposite Robert De
Niro in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter," receiving her first
Oscar, nomination for her portrayal of a working-class Pennsylvania girl whose
lonely, smalltown life is irrevocably altered by the Vietnam war.
Streep returned to the stage to play Katherine in "The
Taming of the Shrew" opposite Raul Julia for Joseph Papp's Public
Theater. After appearing in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" and Jerry
Schatzberg's "The Seduction of Joe Tynan," Streep rounded out the
year as Dustin Hoffman's troubled former wife in Robert Benton's acclaimed
"Kramer vs. Kramer," for which she won an Academy Award, as Best
Since that time, Streep has worked with most of the film
industry's top directors, including Karel Reisz ("The French Lieutenant's
Woman"), Mike Nichols ("Silkwood,"
"Heartburn" and "Postcards From the
Edge"), Alan I. Pakula ("Sophie's
Choice"), Fred Schepisi ("A Cry in the Dark"
and "Plenty"), Robert Zemeckis ("Death Becomes
Her"), Curtis Hanson ("The River Wild"),
Hector Babenco ("Ironweed"), Sydney Pollack
("Out of Africa"), Albert Brooks ("Defending
Your Life") and Bille August ("The House of the
In recent years, Streep has played such diverse cha
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