Meryl Streep

Biography: Routinely hailed as the greatest actress of her generation, Streep earned that accolade with her amazing ability to transform herself physically, vocally and emotionally into seemingly any character. Equally adept at drama and comedy, comfortable on stage and screen, able to embody contemporary and classical roles, and even a formidable singer (she showed off her vocal chops in Death Becomes Her, Postcards from the Edge, Mamma Mia), Streep has earned a record number of Academy Award acting nods and has won three Oscars, a pair of Emmys, eight Golden Globes, not to mention a host of other honors during her lauded career. After earning an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, she made her mark in New York theater, picking up a 1976 Tony nomination for her turn in a revival of two Tennessee Williams one-acts, A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton. Two years later, she proved she could command both the big and small screens, winning her first Emmy for her riveting turn as aRoutinely hailed as the greatest actress of her generation, Streep earned that accolade with her amazing ability to transform herself physically, vocally and emotionally into seemingly any character. Equally adept at drama and comedy, comfortable on stage and screen, able to embody contemporary and classical roles, and even a formidable singer (she showed off her vocal chops in Death Becomes Her, Postcards from the Edge, Mamma Mia), Streep has earned a record number of Academy Award acting nods and has won three Oscars, a pair of Emmys, eight Golden Globes, not to mention a host of other honors during her lauded career. After earning an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, she made her mark in New York theater, picking up a 1976 Tony nomination for her turn in a revival of two Tennessee Williams one-acts, A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton. Two years later, she proved she could command both the big and small screens, winning her first Emmy for her riveting turn as a Catholic married to a Jew in Holocaust, and picking up her first Oscar nomination for her devastating work in The Deer Hunter. In 1979, she took home her first Academy Award as a mom trying to find herself in the divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer and she snagged her second statuette as the tormented title character in 1982's Sophie Choice. Impossible to pigeonhole, Streep spent the next three decades stretching herself and her remarkable talents, portraying characters of all ethnic backgrounds (a reviled Australian mom in A Cry in the Dark, a lovesick Danish noblewoman in Out of Africa, an Irish spinster in Dancing at Lughnasa, an Italian immigrant in love in The Bridges of Madison County); all temperaments (comic turns as callous women in Death Becomes Her and The Devil Wears Prada, a mom-cum-action hero in The River Wild); different sexual orientations (a literary lesbian in The Hours); and even both genders (a male rabbi, one of a quartet of characters that earned her a 2004 Emmy Award for her multitasking in the miniseries Angels in America). For a star of her caliber, she also managed to stay out of the tabloids. Still engaged to her Deer Hunter costar John Cazale when he died of cancer in 1978, she married sculptor Don Gummer soon after and had a son and three daughters (one of whom is up-and-coming actress Mamie Gummer) and is beloved by the Hollywood community. Expand

Meryl Streep's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 64
Highest Metascore: 91 Little Women
Lowest Metascore: 43 Still of the Night
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
58 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
91 Little Women Dec 25, 2019 Aunt March / Aunt March 7.6
57 The Laundromat Sep 27, 2019 Ellen Martin / Ellen Martin/Elena 5.5
63 This Changes Everything Aug 9, 2019 Herself / Herself tbd
66 Mary Poppins Returns Dec 19, 2018 Topsy / Cousin Topsy / Topsy 6.7
60 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Jul 20, 2018 Donna / Donna 6.6
83 The Post Dec 22, 2017 Kay Graham / Kay Graham / Kay Graham / Kay Graham 6.8
81 Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray Jan 11, 2017 Journals Performed By tbd
71 Florence Foster Jenkins Aug 12, 2016 Florence Foster Jenkins 6.9
88 Everything Is Copy Mar 11, 2016 Herself 7.8
66 Suffragette Oct 23, 2015 Emmeline Pankhurst 6.8
tbd Shout Gladi Gladi Oct 2, 2015 Narrator tbd
54 Ricki and the Flash Aug 7, 2015 Cast / Ricki / Ricki 6.4
69 Into the Woods Dec 25, 2014 The Witch / The Witch / Witch 6.1
68 The Homesman Nov 14, 2014 Altha Carter 6.5
47 The Giver Aug 15, 2014 Chief Elder / Chief Elder / Chief Elder / Chief Elder tbd
58 August: Osage County Dec 25, 2013 Violet Weston / Violet Weston / Violet Weston / Violet Weston tbd
tbd Disneynature: Wings of Life Apr 5, 2013 Narrator / Narrator 4.6
59 Girl Rising Mar 7, 2013 Narration / Narrator 7.2
52 A Fierce Green Fire Mar 1, 2013 Narrator tbd
65 Hope Springs Aug 8, 2012 Maeve Soames / Kay / Kay Soames 6.5
48 To the Arctic Apr 20, 2012 Narrator / Narrator tbd
54 The Iron Lady Dec 30, 2011 Margaret Thatcher / Margaret Thatcher 4.8
57 It's Complicated Dec 25, 2009 Jane / Jane Adler 5.5
83 Fantastic Mr. Fox Nov 13, 2009 Mrs. Fox 8.3
66 Julie & Julia Aug 7, 2009 Julia Child / Julia Child 7.9
68 Theater of War Dec 24, 2008 Herself tbd
68 Doubt Dec 12, 2008 Sister Aloysius Beauvier 7.9
51 Mamma Mia! Jul 18, 2008 Donna Sheridan / Donna Sheridan tbd
49 Dark Matter Apr 11, 2008 Joanna Silver 5.6
47 Lions for Lambs Nov 9, 2007 Janine Roth 5.1

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