AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
For almost 40 years, MERYL STREEP (Violet Weston) has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own
unique path from the theater through film and television.
Ms. Streep was educated in the New Jersey public school system through high school, graduated cum laude from
Vassar College, and received her MFA with honors from Yale University in 1975. She began her professional life on
the New York stage, where she quickly established her signature versatility and verve as an actor. Within three
years of graduation, she made her Broadway debut, won an Emmy (for "Holocaust") and received her first Oscar
nomination (for "The Deerhunter"). In 2011, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned her seventeenth Academy
Award nomination for her role as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." For this role, she won the Academy
Award, British Academy Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actress. She was most recently seen in "Hope
Springs," alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Streep will next be seen in "August: Osage County" and is currently filming Disney's "Into the Woods."
Ms. Streep has pursued her interest in the environment through her work with Mothers and Others, a consumer
advocacy group that she co-founded in 1989. M&O worked for ten years to promote sustainable agriculture,
establish new pesticide regulations, and the availability of organic and sustainably grown local foods.
Ms. Streep also lends her efforts to Women for Women International, Women in the World Foundation and
Partners in Health. She is a member of the Vassar College Board of Trustees and the American Academy of Arts
and Letters. She has been accorded a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, a
Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor by the Film Society of Lincoln Center,
The 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Obama and in 2011 she received a Kennedy Center Honor.
Her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, and she are the parents of a son and three daughters.
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