MERYL STREEP (Altha Carter) has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in
a 30-year career that has cut its own unique path through American theater, film
and television. She recently received her 18th Academy Award nomination for
August: Osage County, breaking her own record for total nominations. Previously,
she won her third Academy Award for The Iron Lady and was also honored with a
Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
Streep is a longtime supporter of human rights and environmental organizations,
with a special interest in issues of equality. She has lent her efforts to such
advocacy groups as Mothers and Others, the Natural Resources Defense Council,
Equality Now, Women for Women International, Partners in Health, The National
Women's History Museum and Women in the World. She is a member of the Academy of
Arts and Letters and has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the
American Film Institute. Streep is also a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors
and President Obama presented her with the 2010 National Medal of the Arts.