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In Celebration of Meryl Streep. Happy Birthday

By Neecey

Happy Birthday Meryl Streep.

When someone is accredited with the most Oscar nominations in history you know that heralds a very impressive career. Some would say that with 20 nominations and 3 wins, Meryl Streep is the greatest living actress. Her roll of honor also includes 30 Golden Globe nominations with 8 wins, 2 Emmy wins from 3 nominations and 2 BAFTAS from 15 nominations. Worldwide, Meryl Streep has garnered 156 awards from 389 nominations. So let’s celebrate this incredible actress/woman on her birthday, June 22nd.

1 Kramer Vs Kramer (1979)

A powerful performance as Joanne Kramer who left behind an unfulfilling marriage and her little boy. Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman won Oscars as the leads and it also took the Best Movie award.
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2 The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

As Miranda Priestley she made fashion magazine staff and designers quake in their perfect boots. If looks could kill … the look would be perfectly coiffed, makeup expertly applied and immaculately dressed.
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3 Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

In one of her lesser known roles, Meryl is in rural Ireland in the 1930s as one of five unmarried sisters. Watch it for the delightful cast and the stunning cinematography.
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4 Sophie’s Choice (1982)

This movie about a mother’s heartbreaking choice was Meryl’s 4th Academy Award nomination and her second win as Actress in a Lead Role. It poses an incredible challenge for mother’s everywhere.
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5 Holocaust (1978)

Her performance in this harrowing TV mini-series was spellbinding. The series was harrowing and brought the reality of the Holocaust into our homes in a realistic way. This won Meryl her first Emmy and set her on the road to greatness.
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6 Mamma Mia (2008)

It took a while but finally she was given a role where she could let her hair down, be a bit silly and not have so much pressure on her character’s shoulders. A fun musical romp.
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7 Music of the Heart (1999)

You will be very surprised to learn this movie was directed by Screammeister Wed Craven. It tells the true story of Roberta Guaspari, a music teacher who fought to give music lessons to the children of Harlem.
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8 She-Devil (1989)

I didn’t like this version – the BBC adaptation of Fay Weldon’s story was far superior but it’s fun to see Meryl as a romantic novelist ensconced in luxury and the object of a scorned wife’s revenge (Roseanne Barr).
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9 Out of Africa (1985)

Another movie (one of my favorite Meryl movies) based on a true story. Dane Karen Blixen finds passion (and tragedy) in the heat of Africa and the arms of a big game hunter (Robert Redford).
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10 The Iron Lady (2011)

As a Brit and a fan of Maggie Thatcher I was very interested to see how Meryl would pull off Britain’s only female Prime Minister (to date). I wasn’t disappointed and neither were others because this movie earned her 3rd Oscar.
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11 Adaptation (2002)

This is a quirky and comedic film that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people.
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12 The River Wild (1994)

Meryl gets all athletic and strong as a woman forced to row murderous robbers down a deadly white water passage.
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13 The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

Nominated for 5 Oscars this is an atmospheric if rather gloomy film. You have to understand the plit to enjoy it otherwise it can seem rather ponderous.
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14 Julie & Julia (2009)

After watching this I simply couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role of Julia Child than Meryl Streep.
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15 Into the Woods (2014)

In another of her Oscar nominated roles, Meryl is cast as a witch. It’s a Disney production of the Stephen Sondheim musical. A must for all lovers of fairytales.
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16 The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

The touching and engrossing story of a four day love affair between a photographer and a farmer’s wife in the Mid-West in the mid-1960s.
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17 Suffragette (2015)

Meryl gives a tour-de-force performance as British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst although she is not the focus of the story.
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Let’s hope there are more exceptional performances to come. Go Meryl! Which is your favorite Meryl Streep movie?

Personally, I'm looking forward to her performance in the new Mary Poppins movie (2018)

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