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Saturday, June 22, 2013

64 Groovy Things about Meryl Streep on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Meryl Streep's 64th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Mary Louise Streep was born in Summit, New Jersey, on June 22, 1949.

2. In 1971, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Vassar College, where she was briefly taught by actress Jean Arthur (You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Shane).

3. While earning an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, she played an 80-year-old woman in a wheelchair in The Idiots Karamazov, a 1974 musical comedy based on Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and written by then-unknown playwrights Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato.

4. She made her Broadway debut in the 1975 production of Trelawny of the 'Wells', which also starred John Lithgow and Mandy Patinkin.

5. She received her only Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in the 1976 production of Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (she also appeared in Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays in this Broadway double bill).

6. She met actor John Cazale (The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter) when they were both in the Public Theater's 1976 Shakespeare in the Park production of Measure for Measure (they were together until his death at age 42 from cancer in March 1978).

7. She unsuccessfully auditioned for Jessica Lange's role in the 1976 film, King Kong, which she revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman on December 12, 2008.



8. She made her television debut in the CBS TV movie, The Deadliest Season, which aired on March 16, 1977.

9. Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1977 production of Happy End.

10. Her first feature film was the 1977 drama, Julia, starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave (most of her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor).

11. She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1978 drama, The Deer Hunter.

12. She appeared opposite Raul Julia in the 1978 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew - and in Kiss Me, Petruchio, a 1981 behind-the-scenes documentary about the production.



13. She married sculptor Don Gummer on September 30, 1978, and they have four children, including actresses Mamie Gummer (Emily Owens, M.D.) and Grace Gummer (TV's Smash).

14. She won her first Emmy Award for her performance in the 1978 NBC miniseries, Holocaust.



15. She appeared in the 1979 off-Broadway production of Thomas Babe's play, Taken in Marriage, with Dixie Carter, Colleen Dewhurst, Kathleen Quinlan and Elizabeth Wilson.

16. She appeared with Swoosie Kurtz in the 1979 PBS production of Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women... And Others.

17. She played Alan Alda's love interest in the 1979 film, The Seduction of Joe Tynan.

18. She played Woody Allen's lesbian ex-wife in his 1979 film, Manhattan.

19. She won her first Academy Award and her first Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1979 drama, Kramer vs. Kramer.




20. She won a 1981 Obie Award for her performance in the off-Broadway production of Elizabeth Swados' musical, Alice in Concert, which was filmed for PBS as Alice at the Palace.

21. She appeared on the cover of TIME magazine on September 7, 1981.

22. She received her third Academy Award nomination and won her second Golden Globe for her performance in the 1981 film, The French Lieutenant's Woman.



23. She appeared in the 1982 psychological thriller, Still of the Night, with Roy Scheider and Jessica Tandy.



24. She won her second Academy Award and her third Golden Globe (for Best Actress) for her performance in the 1982 drama, Sophie's Choice.



25. She received her fifth Academy Award nomination for her performance in director Mike Nichols' 1983 drama, Silkwood.



26. She starred opposite Robert De Niro in the 1984 romantic drama, Falling in Love.

27. She starred in the 1985 British drama, Plenty, with Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting and Ian McKellen.



28. She received her sixth Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1985 romantic drama, Out of Africa.

28. She starred opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1986 film, Heartburn, and the 1987 drama, Ironweed (for which she received her seventh Academy Award nomination).



30. She received her eighth Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1988 Australian film, A Cry in the Dark.

31. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1989 dark comedy, She-Devil, which also starred Roseanne Barr.



32. She received her ninth Academy Award nomination for her performance as Shirley MacLaine's daughter in director Mike Nichols' 1990 film, Postcards from the Edge.




33. She appeared in Albert Brooks' 1991 film, Defending Your Life.

34. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1992 dark comedy, Death Becomes Her (she and her co-star/friend, Goldie Hawn, had considered making Thelma & Louise together).



35. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1994 thriller, The River Wild, which also starred Kevin Bacon.

36. She guest starred as Bart's evil girlfriend, Jessica Lovejoy, in a 1994 episode of The Simpsons.

37. She was interviewed by film critic Gene Siskel on the 1995 CBS special, The Siskel & Ebert Interviews.



38. She received her 10th Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1995 romantic drama, The Bridges of Madison County.

39. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1996 drama, Marvin's Room, which also starred Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Gwen Verdon.



40. She was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance in the ABC TV movie, ...First Do No Harm, which aired on February 16, 1997.

41. She appeared in the 1998 film, Dancing at Lughnasa.

42. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 16, 1998.

43. She received her 11th Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1998 drama, One True Thing.

44. She replaced Madonna as the lead in the 1999 drama, Music of the Heart, and received her 12th Academy Award nomination for her performance.

45. She returned to the stage in director Mike Nichols' 2001 production of The Seagull in Central Park with John Goodman, Marcia Gay Harden, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman and Christopher Walken.

46. She received her 13th Academy Award nomination and won her fourth Golden Globe for her performance in the 2002 film, Adaptation.

47. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 2002 drama, The Hours, which also starred Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore.

48. She made an uncredited cameo as herself in the 2003 comedy, Stuck on You, in which she and Greg Kinnear's character play Bonnie and Clyde in a musical.

49. She received her second Emmy Award and her fifth Golden Globe for her performance in the 2003 HBO miniseries, Angels in America.

50. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Liev Schreiber's manipulative mother in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

51. She played Uma Thurman's therapist in the 2005 romantic comedy, Prime.



52. In 2006, she played Lily Tomlin's sister and Lindsay Lohan's mother in director Robert Altman's final film, A Prairie Home Companion.



53. She received her 14th Academy Award nomination and her sixth Golden Globe for her performance as fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly in the 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada.



54. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 2008 British musical comedy, Mamma Mia!, which became her highest-grossing film to date.



55. She received her 15th Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 2008 drama, Doubt.

56. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 2009 comedy, It's Complicated.

57. She received her 16th Academy Award nomination and her seventh Golden Globe for her performance as chef Julia Child in the 2009 film, Julie & Julia.



58. She won her third Academy Award and her eighth Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 British film, The Iron Lady.



59. She was chosen as a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2011.

60. In 2012, she guest starred as therapist Camilla Bowner in two episodes of Showtime's Web Therapy.



61. She was a guest on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live on August 9, 2012.



62. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the 2013 film, Hope Springs.

63. She will play Julia Roberts' mother in the drama, August: Osage County, which will be released on Christmas Day 2013.

64. She will play The Witch in Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical, Into the Woods, which is set to open on Christmas Day 2014.

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