THE ANT BULLY
MERYL STREEP (The Ant Queen) is a two-time Academy Award winner and the
recipient of a record-breaking 13 Oscar nominations.
Streep began her career on the stage after earning an MFA from Yale School of Drama,
where she was the first woman in the school's history to win the Carol Dye Acting Award.
Streep made her New York stage debut in Joseph Papp's Lincoln Center production of
Trelawney of the Wells and went to the Phoenix Repertory, where, in rotating productions, she
appeared in the Civil War melodrama Secret Service, Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two
Mondays and Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. For the last, she won an Outer
Critics Circle Award, a Theater World Award, and earned a Tony nomination. Her other early
stage credits include the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V and Measure
On Broadway, she starred 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 role in the miniseries Holocaust.
Streep began her feature film career as Jane Fonda's society friend in Fred Zinneman's
Julia. In her second screen role, she starred opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in
The Deer Hunter, for which she received her first Oscar nomination. Her next film was the
political drama The Seduction of Joe Tynan.
Returning to the stage, she starred as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew for Joe Papp
in Central Park. While performing Shakespeare at night, during the day, she alternated filming
Manhattan for Woody Allen, and Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer, for which she won her
first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She garnered her third Oscar nomination and gained the British Academy Award for her
dual role in 1981's The French Lieutenant's Woman, directed by Karel Reisz. The following
year, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her heart-rending performance in the title
role of Alan Pakula's Sophie's Choice. She was again Oscar-nominated the very next year for
her portrayal of Karen Silkwood in Mike Nichols' Silkwood. Reuniting with Robert De Niro in
Falling in Love, she won the David di Donatello Award, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar.
In 1985, Streep starred in Fred Schepisi's Plenty, and Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa, for
which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and won another David di Donatello
award. She then filmed Mike Nichols' Heartburn, and Hector Babenco's Ironweed, for which
she received her seventh Oscar nomination. Her next film, Fred Schepisi's A Cry in the Dark,
brought Streep the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, The New York Film Critics
Circle Award, an AFI award, and another Oscar nomination.
Streep received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Susan Seidelman's She-Devil
and Mike Nichols' Postcards from the Edge, earning another Oscar nomination for the latter.
Continuing her comedy work, she went on to star in Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life, and
Robert Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her. She then filmed Billie August's The House of the
Spirits, and tackled the physical challenges of The River Wild, directed by Curtis Hanson.
Returning to television, she garnered an Emmy nomination for her performance in the real-life
drama First Do No Harm, which she also co-produced with director Jim Abrahams.
Her next film, Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County, brought her Screen
Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. She then starred in Barbet
Schroeder's Before and After, and gained another Golden Globe nomination for her work in
Marvin's Room. In 1998, she starred in One True Thing, for which she received SAG Award,
Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, as well as the Berlinale Ca
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