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Meryl Streep is the most-nominated actor in the history of the Academy Awards. Of her fourteen nominations, she has been honored with an Oscar twice; for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer, and for Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice.
Additionally, Ms. Streep has been nominated twenty-one times for a Golden Globe Award, and has won six (most recently for David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada).
Her acting career began at Yale Drama School. Then, in New York City, she made both Broadway and off-Broadway appearances, and was honored with two Theatre World Awards. She has enjoyed a long association with The Public Theatre, having worked with its founder Joseph Papp and performed in The Public's noted Shakespeare in the Park stagings, among other shows.
Ms. Streep's many films include Fred Zinnemann's Julia (which starred Vanessa Redgrave of Evening); Michael Cimino's multi-Academy Award-winning The Deer Hunter (with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Cazale, and for which she received her first Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations); Woody Allen's Manhattan; Karel Reisz' The French Lieutenant's Woman (for which she won a BAFTA Award); Mike Nichols' Silkwood, Heartburn, and Postcards from the Edge (all of which, among other movies, she was costumed for by Evening costume designer Ann Roth); Fred Schepisi's Plenty and A Cry in the Dark (for which she was named Best Actress at the Cannes International Film Festival); Sydney Pollack's multi-Academy Award-winning Out of Africa; Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life; Steven Spielberg's A.I.; Stephen Daldry's The Hours (which also featured Eileen Atkins, Toni Collette, and Claire Danes of Evening); and Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
Her current and upcoming film projects include Shi-Zheng Chen's Dark Matter; Gavin Hood's Rendition; Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia!; and Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs.
For television, Ms. Streep has starred in groundbreaking telefilms, specials, and miniseries. These include Marvin J. Chomsky's Holocaust (for which she won an Emmy Award); Robert Markowitz' The Deadliest Season; Emile Ardolino's Alice at the Palace; Dwight Hemion's The Earth Day Special; Jim Abrahams' …First Do No Harm (which she executive-produced); and Mike Nichols' Angels in America, which Tony Kushner adapted from his own epic plays. Her performance(s) in the latter miniseries earned her Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In 2003, she was given an honorary César Award for Career Achievement and was named a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des lettres. In 2004, Ms. Streep was honored with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.