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MERYL STREEP (Jane) is a two-time Academy Award® winner and recipient of a record-breaking 15 nominations.

Most recently, Streep starred as famed master chef Julia Child in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia and lent her voice to Wes Anderson's animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the novel by Roald Dahl. Last year, she starred in John Patrick Shanley's acclaimed film of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics' Choice Award. In addition, she received nominations for an Oscar®, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, as well as nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the London Critics' Circle and the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association. She also starred in the box-office smash Mamma Mia!, the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical based on the songs of ABBA.

Streep made her film debut in 1977's Julia, with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. In her second screen role, she starred opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter, which earned Streep her first Academy Award® nomination. The following year, she won an Academy Award® for her role opposite Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer. She then received her third Academy Award® nomination for The French Lieutenant's Woman, and later went on to win the Oscar® for Best Actress for her role in Sophie's Choice, in which she starred alongside Peter MacNicol and Kevin Kline.

Other early film credits include Oscar®-nominated performances in Mike Nichols' Silkwood, Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa and Fred Schepisi's A Cry in the Dark, for which she won the Best Actress Award from the Cannes Film Festival and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an AFI Award. She also appeared in Mike Nichols' Heartburn and Woody Allen's Manhattan.

In 2003, Streep received SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her work in The Hours. That same year, she received Supporting Actress nominations for a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA and an Academy Award® for her performance in Spike Jonze's Adaptation. Her other recent work includes The Manchurian Candidate; Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events; Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion; and The Devil Wears Prada, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress as well as Academy Award®, SAG and BAFTA nominations.

On stage, Streep appeared in the 1976 Broadway double bill of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and A Memory of Two Mondays, the former of which won her an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination. Other theater credits include Secret Service; The Cherry Orchard; the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V and Measure for Measure, opposite Sam Waterston; the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End; Alice at the Palace, which won her an Obie Award; and Central Park productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Seagull and, most recently, Tony Kushner's adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children.

In her television work, Streep has won Emmys for the eight-part miniseries Holocaust and for the Mike Nichols-directed HBO miniseries Angels in America, which also won her Golden Globe and SAG awards.

In 2004, Streep received an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2008, was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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