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MERYL STREEP (Miranda Priestly) has portrayed an astonishing array of roles in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theatre through film and television. A two-time Academy Award winner and a recipient of a record-breaking thirteen Oscar nominations, Streep had never acted in a drama before her sophomore year at Vassar College, when she won the title role in Strindberg's "Miss Julie.” An honors exchange program led to Dartmouth where she studied playwriting as well as set and costume design. After graduating cum laude from Vassar, she won a scholarship to the Yale School of Drama where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree, and the Carol Dye Acting Award at graduation, 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 with Mary Beth Hurt and John Lithgow. Critics began to take notice in that first season of the versatility, imagination and range that has distinguished her work from the beginning.

She went from the Public Theatre to the Phoenix Repertory, where, in rotating productions, she played a nineteenth century Southern belle in the Civil War melodrama "Secret Service,” a sleek secretary in Arthur Miller's one-act "A Memory of Two Mondays,” and a slovenly floozy in Tennessee Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton.” For this virtuoso achievement, Streep won the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater World Award, and a Tony nomination. She performed in several productions in her first season in New York after graduation, 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 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 mini-series "Holocaust.”

Streep began her feature film career as Jane Fonda's society friend in "Julia,” directed by Fred Zinneman. In her second screen role, Streep starred opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in "The Deer Hunter,” receiving her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a working-class Pennsylvania girl who's lonely, small-town life is irrevocably altered by the Vietnam War. Her next film was the political drama "The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” with Alan Alda.

She returned to the stage that summer to play Katherine opposite Raul Julia in "The Taming of the Shrew” for Joe Papp in his free Central Park production. She performed the Shakespeare at night, and during the day alternated filming "Manhattan” for Woody Allen and "Kramer vs. Kramer” with Dustin Hoffman. As 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 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 receive

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