(Actress, born June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey)
Versatility and genius often go hand in hand, but seldom as exuberantly as in Meryl Streep's body of work. From Shakespeare to ABBA, from Sophie's Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer right through Julie & Julia and The Devil Wears Prada, from tragedy to musicals and everything in between, the sheer breadth and joy of her artistry counts as one of the most exhilarating cultural spectacles of our time.
Going into her fourth decade of acting, Streep has made more than 45 movies and has received 16 Academy Award nominations, winning two, and 25 Golden Globe nominations, winning seven, more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. Her work has also earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, five Grammy Award nominations, a BAFTA award, an and an Australian Film Institute Award.