Happy B-Day Meryl Streep!
Meryl Streep has a reason to celebrate today (despite being the most talented, beloved and decorated actress ever).
The 3 time Academy Award winner (and according to Donald Trump -„the most overrated actress in Hollywood“) celebrates her 68th birthday today.
That’s the woman who has a separate Wikipedia page for her acting nominations/awards and is regarded as a „God among actresses“. And as of today, that count is 156 wins and 389 acting award nominations, in the span of over 40 years.
So in honor of her talent, grace and general awesomeness (on screen and off) let’s take a moment and educate ourselves with some awesome facts about her. Shall we?
OK… Let’s start !
1. She left her just-claimed Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) on the back of a toilet during the 1979 festivities.
2. Meryl presented Paul McCartney with the 1990 Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. She also attended The Beatles concert at Shea Stadium in 1965 with an “I love Paul” sign, which she mentioned when presenting the award to McCartney.
3. Back at Yale Drama School, she and Sigourney Weaver appeared in a play staged in a swimming pool together. The play was called “The Frogs”.
4. Meryl Streep only been turned down for four roles: Michelle Straton in American Gigolo (1980), Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams (1985), Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day (1993), and Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998).
5. Early in her career, Streep received a letter from Bette Davis, whom most critics and cinema historians rank as the greatest American movie actress ever. Davis told Streep that she felt that she was her successor as the premier American actress.
6. Her performance as Sophie Zawistowska in Sophie’s Choice (1982) is ranked #3 on Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
7. She uses music, most often Classical, to get into character.
8. Robert De Niro said she is his favorite actress to work with.
9. Meryl is a great fan of actor Leonardo DiCaprio (as am i).
10. Her fans call themselves “Streepers”.
11. She was considered for the role of Ellen Ripley in Alien (1979). Meryl was a finalist for the role of Ellen Ripley in Alien (1979), but the role went to good friend and classmate Sigourney Weaver instead.
12. She donated her entire salary for The Iron Lady (2011) to the Women’s History Museum.
13. And last but not least, she is godmother to Carry Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd.