Meryl Streep
Copyright Michael D. Robbins 2005



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A physical challenge is no less daunting than an emotional one-and there were emotional challenges in River Wild.

Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
(Leo Ascendant)

All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene.

All that attention to the perfect lighting, the perfect this, the perfect that, I find terribly annoying.

Art is food.
(Taurus Moon)

Enough people write about me every day without even interviewing me.
(North Node in Aries conjunct MC)

Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.
(Mercury in Gemini)

Expensive clothes are a waste of money.

For me, clothes are kind of character; I don't follow fashion or understand trends.

Having been let out of the barn once, I know I wouldn't be happy if I were home all the time.
(Moon in 10th house)

How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you. You can't argue with them. That's their perception.

I always feel like I can't do it, that I can't go through with a movie. But then I do go through with it after all.

I always thought I was so fat, and I was not fat! And then I think, Oh, I was so young!

I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.
(Neptune in Libra)

I can't stand most things that I see.

I choose to work on things that put a positive energy out, because otherwise I don't know why I am alive.
(Jupiter on Descendant)

I couldn't care less about fashion. If I had taken any clothes home, they would have remained in my closet for the rest of their existence.

I didn't have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do.

I don't know why I don't watch a lot of movies; I can barely keep up with the things my friends are in. There isn't enough time in life.

I don't like to be gone all weekend and at night too. Because for 20 years, I've had children who are in school.

I get a trickling few scripts that I'm lucky enough that some of them are great. I don't get loads of scripts.

I had this sort of idolatry for certain actors who preceded me, people who inspired me, so I'm honored to be that way for young actors.

I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can't imagine eschewing one for the other.
(Venus T-square Nodes. Sun in Cancer.)

I have a very busy life, and not many people who have a career and four kids go out a lot to the movies.

I have a very good life-I'm lucky enough not to be deprived.

I have four to five months, tops, per year to give to my acting work.

I have the power to pick what I want to be in of the things that are offered to me-most of which are dreadful.

I have to start out with nothing each time. And reinvent the wheel. It's very, very hard.

I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing. Usually I have a lot of doubt.

I love costume: in my next life I'm going to be a costume designer!
(Moon in Taurus. Neptune in Libra.)

I need to go where people are serious about acting.

I stopped picking these wild locations and my husband and I decided to stay in Los Angeles.

I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.

I think there is a kind of career path that demands a certain thing that not everybody wants to give.

I think your self emerges more clearly over time.

I want to feel my life while I'm in it.

I was a really big expert on acting before I started acting. Now I'm much less of an expert!

I was just interested in making a human being as contradictory and messy as we all are.

I'm a pain in the ass to all of the costume designers with whom I work because I have very strong feelings about the subject.

I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you.
(Venus in Cancer in 12th house. Jupiter on cusp of 7th house.)

I'm never so sure as I was in my mid-20s.

I'm not comfortable at all on the first day, or the second day. But then we go to the bar and everything gets straightened out.

I'm older. There's some sort of seniority. As a matter of fact, the seniority ebbs as you get older.

I'm thrilled when I get nominated. I don't count how many and I don't remember how many I've had. I just know it's a lot.

If I am not confident that I can portray the character perfectly on screen, I won't even try.

Instant gratification is not soon enough.
(Sun conjunct Uranus)

Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
(Venus in Cancer T-squaring the Nodes. Jupiter conjunct Descendant.)

Interestingly, young people don't come to you for advice. Especially the ones who are related to you.

It does make me feel good when someone says, That was so wonderful, and I'll remember it all my life.

It takes more time than I care to give to my career. I have enormous responsibilities at home-I have four kids, and that's a big job.
(Sun in Cancer)

It's been a long and really interesting journey with a lot of amazingly talented people.

It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician.

It's fun playing a Queen!

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.

My attitude is, Why not try this? So I go from thing to thing like any actor does, with my little bag, my dopp kit.
(Sun conjunct Uranus)

My family really does come first. It always did and always will.
(Sun in Cancer)

My feeling about fears is, if you voice your fears, they may come true. I'm superstitious enough to believe that.

My husband hates to be written about in my movie stuff.

My job is usually to express emotion as freely as possible.
(Mars in Gemini)

Obsession is an attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good at one thing and smart are attractive, if they're men.

People say, When you have children, everything changes. But maybe things are awakened that were already there.

Personality is immediately apparent, from birth, and I don't think it really changes.

Scripts leap out at you, the ones that are really ambitious.

Show business has been really, really good to me because I can work and take a lot of time off, and I'm extremely undisciplined person.
(Saturn in Virgo square Chiron)

Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't think anything's going to make a difference.

Sometimes with my children, I remember exactly how I felt as the child in this situation, not just how it feels to be me.

The critical reaction is satisfying. When other actors like you, that's really good. I really like it when young people like my work.

The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.

The more people that go to the movies, the better, and the more good vehicles for women.

The more you are in this business, the more humbled by it you become.

The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor, but it's a completely random process.

The reason I chose the movies that I did was based on where they were being filmed.

The work is the most fun; it seems illicit how much fun it is.

The work will stand, no matter what.

The younger group of women have wide opportunities right now to go through good material and get it made.

There are wonderfully talented actresses. It's a really rich field. There isn't as rich a field of material.

There's no road map on how to raise a family: it's always an enormous negotiation.

We are who we're going to be when we're very old, and when we're very old we are who we were when we were 8.

You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.

You just have to keep on doing what you do. It's the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.

You win an Oscar, it can double the audience that you had before.

Your life matters, and sometimes children listen and the lessons go in.

I like who I am now. Other people may not. I feel freer now. I don't want growing older to matter to me

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

“I am thrilled and honored to be nominated, and also aghast that anybody could imagine that I could surpass the unsurpassable Katharine Hepburn in any category whatsoever. But it's lovely to even be mentioned in the same sentence.”

“America doesn't reward people of my age, either in day-to-day life or for their performances.”


Birth name Mary Louise Streep
Born June 22, 1949 (age 57)
Summit, New Jersey, USA

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. She is the most nominated actor in Academy Award history with 14 nominations. She is widely considered one of the most respected and talented actresses of her generation. Streep made her professional stage debut in 1971's The Playboy Of Seville and her screen debut came in 1977's made-for-television movie The Deadliest Season. She is also one of the selected actors that has won all three major motion picture acting awards (Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards).

Streep made her film debut in 1977's Julia opposite Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter with Robert DeNiro and Kramer vs. Kramer with Dustin Hoffman, the former giving Streep her first Oscar nomination and the latter her first win.

Early life
Streep was born Mary Louise Streep in Summit, New Jersey, USA. Her father, Harry Streep, Jr., was a pharmaceutical executive and her mother, Mary, was a commercial artist of Swiss, Irish and English descent. Streep has said that her father's family is of Dutch descent, and that the family's original surname, Messerschnitz, was changed to Streep in the Netherlands by her Sephardic Jewish ancestors, [1][2].

Streep was raised in Bernardsville, New Jersey. She received her B.A. in Drama at Vassar College and earned a M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama at Yale University.

Early career
In her first feature film, Julia (1977), she had a small but pivotal role during a flashback scene. The Deer Hunter (1978) was her second feature film and it earned Streep her first Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, she won an Academy Award for her role opposite Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer (Best Supporting Actress, 1979). In 1982, she would win again for Sophie's Choice (Best Actress, 1982).

In 1978, she won her first Emmy Award, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie, for the miniseries Holocaust. A year later she appeared in her only Woody Allen film, Manhattan.

Streep was engaged to The Deer Hunter co-star John Cazale ("Fredo" in The Godfather) until his death from bone cancer on March 12th, 1978. In September 1978, she married sculptor Don Gummer. They have four children: Henry W. (Hank) (born in 1979), Mary Willa (Mamie)(born in 1983), Grace Jane (born in 1986), and Louisa Jacobson (born in 1991). Mamie Gummer has chosen acting as a career, and made her off-Broadway debut as Lucy in a 2005 production of Mr. Marmalade at the Laura Pels Theatre.

Later career and recent credits
In the 1980s, Streep appeared in the acclaimed films The French Lieutenant's Woman, Silkwood (1982) with Kurt Russell and Cher, Out of Africa with Robert Redford, and Ironweed, with Jack Nicholson. In A Cry in the Dark Streep portrayed Lindy Chamberlain, the infamous Australian mother who was accused of being responsible for the death of her infant after claiming that a dingo took her baby. From 1984 to 1990, Streep won six People's Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actress and, in 1990, was named "World Favorite".

In the 1990s Streep took a greater variety of roles, including a strung-out B-film actress in a screen adaptation of Carrie Fisher's novel Postcards from the Edge with Dennis Quaid and Shirley MacLaine, and a farcical role in Death Becomes Her with Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. Streep also appeared in the movie version of Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, Clint Eastwood's screen adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, The River Wild, She-Devil, Marvin's Room (with Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio), One True Thing and Music of the Heart, in a role that required her to learn to play the violin.

She was a voice actress for the animated series The Simpsons playing Reverend Timothy Lovejoys daughter, and King of the Hill. She also voiced the Blue Mecha character in the Steven Spielberg film, A.I..

In 2002, she co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Spike Jonze's quirky Adaptation, as real-life author Susan Orlean; and with Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in The Hours. She also appeared with Al Pacino in the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's six-hour play Angels in America, in which she had four roles. She received her second Emmy Award for Angels in America, which reunited her with director Mike Nichols, who directed her in Silkwood, Heartburn and Postcards from the Edge.

In addition, she appeared in Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate co-starring Denzel Washington, in which Streep played a role made famous by Angela Lansbury. She also starred with Jim Carrey and again with Dustin Hoffman in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Streep's most recent film releases are Prime (2005), the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion with Lindsay Lohan and Lily Tomlin and the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada with Anne Hathaway which grossed nearly $125 million dollars and earned Streep the 2007 Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. On January 23, 2007, Streep earned her 14th Academy Award nomination (her 11th for Best Actress) for The Devil Wears Prada. Streep's newest film Dark Matter debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

She has also been confirmed for the role of Donna in the film version of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!.

In New York City, she appeared in the 1976 Broadway double-bill of Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Her other early Broadway credits include Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical Happy End. She received Drama Desk Award nominations for both productions. Once Streep's film career flourished, she took a long break from stage acting. In July 2001, Streep returned to the stage for the first time in more than twenty years, playing Arkadina in the Public Theater's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The staging, directed by Mike Nichols, also featured Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Marcia Gay Harden and John Goodman.

In August and September 2006, she starred onstage at the Public Theater's production of Mother Courage and Her Children at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. [3] The show performed to crowds that lined up for hours, sometimes in the pouring rain, to get highly coveted seats. It was originally written by Bertolt Brecht in 1939 and first performed in 1941. The Public Theater production was a new translation by famed playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) with songs in the Weill/Brecht style written by composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change). Veteran director George C. Wolfe was at the helm. Streep starred alongside Kevin Kline and Austin Pendleton in this three and a half hour play, in which she sang several songs and was in nearly every scene.



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