For almost 40 years, MERYL STREEP 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 2013, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned her eighteenth Academy
Award nomination for her role as Violet Weston in August: Osage County. Her
performance also earned her a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination.
Streep will next be seen in Tommy Lee
Jones' The Homesman, The Weinstein Company's The Giver, Disney's Into the Woods
and The Suffragette alongside Carrie Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter. She is
next set to begin production on Diablo Cody's Ricki and the Flash.
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