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Career

FEATURE FILMS
2013–present
Acted in the role of Violet Weston "August: Osage County"
2012
Acted in the role of Kay Soames "Hope Springs"
2011
Acted in the role of Margaret Thatcher "The Iron Lady"
2009
Acted in the role of Julia Child "Julie & Julia"
2009
Acted in the role of Jane Adler "It's Complicated"
2008
Acted in the role of Donna "Mamma Mia!"
2008
Acted in the role of Sister Aloysius Beauvier "Doubt"
2007
Acted in the role of Joanna Silver "Dark Matter"
2007
Acted in the role of Corrine Whitman "Rendition"
2007
Acted in the role of Lila Ross "Evening"
2007
Acted in the role of Janine Roth "Lions for Lambs"
2006
Acted in the role of Yolanda Johnson "A Prairie Home Companion"
2006
Acted in the role of Miranda Priestly "The Devil Wears Prada"
2005
Acted in the role of Lisa Metzger "Prime"
2004
Acted in the role of Eleanor Prentiss Shaw "The Manchurian Candidate"
2004
Acted in the role of Aunt Josephine "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events"
2003
Acted in the role of herself "Stuck on You"
2002
Acted in the role of Susan Orlean "Adaptation."
2002
Acted in the role of Clarissa Vaughan "The Hours"
1999
Acted in the role of Roberta Guaspari "Music of the Heart"
1998
Acted in the role of Kate Mundy "Dancing at Lughnasa"
1998
Acted in the role of Kate Gulden "One True Thing"
1996
Acted in the role of Carolyn Ryan "Before and After"
1996
Acted in the role of Lee "Marvin's Room"
1995
Acted in the role of Francesca Johnson "The Bridges of Madison County"
1994
Acted in the role of Gail Hartman "The River Wild"
1993
Acted in the role of Clara DelValle Trueba "The House of the Spirits"
1992
Acted in the role of Madeline Ashton "Death Becomes Her"
1991
Acted in the role of Julia "Defending Your Life"
1990
Acted in the role of Suzanne Vale "Postcards from the Edge"
1989
Acted in the role of Mary Fisher "She-Devil"
1988
Acted in the role of Lindy Chamberlain "A Cry in the Dark"
1987
Acted in the role of Helen Archer "Ironweed"
1986
Acted in the role of Rachel Samstat "Heartburn"
1985
Acted in the role of Karen Blixen "Out of Africa"
1985
Acted in the role of Susan Traheme "Plenty"
1984
Acted in the role of Molly Gilmore "Falling in Love"
1983
Acted in the role of Karen Silkwood "Silkwood"
1982
Acted in the role of Brooke Reynolds "Still of the Night"
1982
Acted in the role of Sophie Zawistowski "Sophie's Choice"
1981
Acted in the role of Sarah Woodruff/Anna "The French Lieutenant's Woman"
1979
Acted in the role of Jill Davis "Manhattan"
1979
Acted in the role of Karen Traynor "The Seduction of Joe Tynan"
1979
Acted in the role of Joanna Kramer "Kramer vs. Kramer"
1978
Acted in the role of Linda "The Deer Hunter"
1977
Acted in the role of Anne Marie Travers "Julia"
READINGS AND SPECIAL PERFORMANCES - FILMS
2013–present
Herself "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story," TCM
2012
Herself "The Austin Pendleton Project: Where the Work Is"
2012
Herself "Joe Papp in Five Acts"
2008
Herself "Theater of War," Alive Mind Media
2008
Herself "An Old-Fashioned Love-Story: Making "The Bridges of Madison...", Warner Home Video
2006
Herself "Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner"
2006
Acted in the role of Woman Laurie Simmons' "The Music of Regret"
2001
Herself "Finding the Truth: The Making of "Kramer vs. Kramer." Columbia TriStar Home Video
2001
Herself "Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows," Warner Home Video
2001
Herself "Death Dreams of Mourning: The Making of "Sophie's Choice", Pioneer Entertainment
2000
Herself "A Song of Africa," Universal Studios Home Video
VOICE WORK - DOCUMENTARIES
2014
Voice of Eleanor Roosevelt "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"
2013
Acted in the role of Narrator "Makers: Women Who Make America"
2013
Acted in the role of Narrator "Pioneers of THIRTEEN: The ’70’s – Bold and Fearless"
2013
Acted in the role of Narrator "Wings of Life"
2013
Acted in the role of Narrator "Girl Rising"
2013
Acted in the role of Narrator "Out of Print"
2012
Acted in the role of Narrator "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For a Living Planet"
2012
Acted in the role of Narrator "To the Arctic 3D"
2011
Acted in the role of Narrator "Sky Island"
2009
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Cutting Tradition"
2008
Acted in the role of Narrator "Ribbon of Sand"
2007
Acted in the role of Narrator "Ocean Voyagers"
2007
Acted in the role of Narrator "Changing Identities: A Story of Traumatic Injury and Art"
2006
Acted in the role of Narrator "Hurricane on the Bayou"
2005
Acted in the role of Narrator "Stolen Childhoods"
2004
Acted in the role of Narrator "Monet's Palate"
2003
Voice of: Abigail Adams (Episode #1); Mary Easty (Episode #3); Mother Jones (Episode #10); Margaret Chase Smith (Episode #13) "Freedom: A History of Us"
2003
Voice "Journeys of the Heart"
2002
Acted in the role of Narrator "A Quiet Revolution"
2001
Acted in the role of Narrator "Vermeer: Master of Light"
2001
Acted in the role of Narrator "Ginevra's Story"
2001
Acted in the role of Narrator "School: The Story of American Public Education"
2000
Acted in the role of Narrator "Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso"
1999
Acted in the role of Narrator "Lyme Disease: A Guide to Prevention"
1999
Acted in the role of Narrator "Intimate Portrait: Vanessa Redgrave"
1999
Acted in the role of Narrator "Beyond Organic: The Vision of Fairview Gardens"
1998
Acted in the role of Narrator "Rings of Passions: Five Emotions in World Art"
1997
Acted in the role of Narrator "Eternal Memory: Voices from the Great Terror"
1997
Acted in the role of Narrator "Assignment Rescue"
1996
Acted in the role of Narrator "What Should I tell my Children About Drinking?"
1995
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Living Sea"
1994
Acted in the role of Narrator "A Century of Women"
1993
Acted in the role of Narrator "The American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring"
1992
Acted in the role of Narrator "Arctic Refuge: A Vanishing Wilderness"
1989
Acted in the role of Narrator "Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre"
1985
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Colors of Hope"
1985
Acted in the role of Narrator "Power Struggle"
1984
Acted in the role of Narrator "In Our Hands"
1981
Acted in the role of Narrator "Eight Minutes to Midnight"
1976
Acted in the role of Narrator "Everybody Rides the Carousel "
READINGS AND SPECIAL PERFORMANCES - THEATER
2012
Acted in the role of Juliet William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," 50th Anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park Series, The Public Theater, New York, New York, USA
2010
Herself Ariel Dorfman's "Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark," The Public Theater, New York, New York, USA
2006
Herself "The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration," The Public Theater, New York, New York, USA
2005
Herself "Theater of the New Ear," Royal Festival Hall, London, England (May 13, 2005)
2005
Herself "Theater of the New Ear," UCLA Live, Los Angeles, California, USA (September 14-16, 2005)
2005
Herself "Theater of the New Ear," St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York, USA (April 28, 29, 30, 2005)
2002
Herself "42nd & Vine: Hollywood Hits Broadway," Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, New York, USA
2001
Herself Ernest Hemingway's "The World of Nick Adams," The Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall), New York, New York, USA
1996
Acted in the role of Honour Joanna Murray-Smith's "Honour," Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
1996
Acted in the role of J.S, Eve Ensler's "Necessary Targets," Helen Hayes Theatre, New York, New York USA
1996
Acted in the role of Lyssa Hughes Wendy Wasserstein's "An American Daughter," Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA
1978
Acted in the role of Alice Elizabeth Swados' "Wonderland in Concert," The Public Theater, New York, New York, USA
VOICE WORK - AUDIO BOOKS
2011
Acted in the role of Narrator "Haiti After The Earthquake"
2010
Acted in the role of Narrator "Words for You - The Next Chapter"
2008
Voice "Visions Within"
2007
Acted in the role of Narrator "The One and Only Shrek"
2003
Acted in the role of Narrator "The John Cheever Audio Collection"
2002
Acted in the role of Narrator "Chrysanthemum"
2002
Voice "Philadelphia Chickens"
2000
Acted in the role of Narrator "Dance on a Moonbeam"
1999
Voice "A Child's Celebration of Classical Music"
1998
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Greatest American Poetry"
1996
Acted in the role of Narrator "Babar the Elephant"
1996
Acted in the role of Narrator "Ancient Tower"
1995
Acted in the role of Narrator "Fifty Poems of Emily Dickinson"
1995
Acted in the role of Narrator "Passion: Women on Women"
1995
Voice "I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang"
1993
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Night Before Christmas"
1991
Voice "For Our Children"
1988
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Tailor of Gloucester"
1987
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher/Peter Rabbit"
1984
Acted in the role of Narrator "The Velveteen Rabbit"
READINGS AND SPECIAL PERFORMANCES - TELEVISION
2010
Herself "America: The Story of Us ," The History Channel
2010
Herself "Faces of America," PBS
2010
Acted in the role of Camilla Bowner "Web Therapy," starred in three special episodes, LStudio
2009
Herself "I Knew it was You: Rediscovering John Cazale," HBO Documentary
2006
Herself Great Performances: "Garrison Keillor's Independence Day Special," PBS
2005
Herself "Karen Blixen – Out of this World," Nordisk Film TV
19972005
Herself "The Directors Series (1997-2005)," produced in part by the American Film Institute
2004
Herself The American Film Institute "Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep," USA Network
2002
Host "New York at the Movies," A&E Television Networks
1998
Host "Defending Our Daughters: The Rights of Women in the World," Lifetime
1998
Herself "Inside the Actors Studio," BRAVO
1996
Herself "The Siskel and Ebert Interviews," CBS
1994
Herself "A Century of Cinema," Miramax Films, British Film Institute (BFI)
1993
Herself "Gente de Expressão," Rede Manchete de Televisão, Brasil
1993
Herself "Besser Als Mein Haus Je War," ZDF (Germany)
1993
Herself "Right Said, Fred: Fred Schepisi Film Director," SBS Australia
1992
Herself "Great Performances 20th Anniversary Special," PBS
1991
Host "Age 7 in America ," CBS
1991
Herself "Voices that Care," FOX
1990
Host "Race to Save the Planet ," PBS
1990
Participant "The Earth Day Special," (20th Anniversay of Earth Day), ABC
1985
Herself "Meryl Streep at Work." BBC Television
1983
Herself "Meryl Streep at the National Film Theatre," BBC Television
1981
Herself "Kiss Me, Petruchio," PBS
1980
Herself "Omnibus," ABC
VOICE WORK - FILMS
2010
Voice of Jennie "Higglety Pigglety Pop!"
2009
Voice of Felicity Fox "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
2006
Voice of the Queen Ant "The Ant Bully"
2001
Voice of the Blue Fairy "Artificial Intelligence: A.I."
STAGE PRODUCTIONS - NEW YORK
2006
Acted in the role of Mother Courage Bertholt Brecht's "Mother Courage and Her Children," The Delacorte Theater, New York, New York, USA
2001
Acted in the role of Irina Arkadina Aton Chekov's "The Seagull," The Delacorte Theater, New York, New York, USA
19801981
Acted in the role of Alice Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Concert," The Public Theater, New York, New York, USA
1979
Acted in the role of Andrea Thomas Babe's "Taken in Marriage," The Public Theater/Newman Theater, New York, New York, USA
1978
Acted in the role of Kate William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," The Delacorte Theater, New York, New York, USA
1977
Acted in the role of Lt. Lillian Holiday Elisabeth Hauptmann's "Happy End," Martin Beck Theatre (Broadway), New York, New York, USA
1976
Acted in the role of Isabella William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," The Delacorte Theatre, New York, New York, USA
1976
Acted in the role of Patricia Arthur Miller's "A Memory of Two Mondays," The Phoenix Theater  New York, New York, USA
1976
Acted in the role of Flora Meighan Tennessee Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton," The Phoenix Theater  New York, New York, USA
1976
Acted in the role of Katherine William Shakespeare's, "Henry V," The Delacorte Theatre, New York, New York, USA
1976
Acted in the role of Dunyasha Anton Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard," The Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York, New York, USA
1976
Acted in the role of Edith Varney William Gillette's "Secret Service," The Playhouse Theater, New York, New York, USA
1975
Acted in the role of Imogen Parrot Arthur Wing Pinero's "Trelawny of the Wells," Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York, New York, USA
TELEVISION FILMS
2003
Acted in four roles: Hannah, Ethel Rosenberg, Rabbi Chemelwitz, Angel Australia "Angels in America"
1997
Acted in the role of Lori Reimueller "First Do No Harm"
1979
Acted in the role of Leilah "Uncommon Women... and Others"
1978
Acted in the role of Inga Helms Weiss "Holocaust: The Story of he Family Weiss"
1977
Acted in the role of Sharon Miller "The Deadliest Season"
VOICE WORK - TELEVISION SERIES
1999
Voice of Aunt Esme Dauterive "King of the Hill"
1994
Voice of Jessica Lovejoy "The Simpsons"
STAGE PRODUCTION - YALE UNIVERSITY
1975
Acted in the role of Lt. Lillian Holiday "Happy End" - Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1975
Acted in the role of Jean "The Shaft of Love" - Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1975
Acted in the role of Bertha "The Father" - Yale Repertory Theatre (in association with the Yale School of Music), New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1975
Acted in the role of Helena William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1974
Acted in the role of Lizaveta Nikolaevna "The Possessed" - Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1974
Acted in the role of Constance Garnett "The Idiots Karamazov" - Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1974
Acted in the role of Cast & Chorus "Aristophanes's The Frogs"- Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
19731974
Acted in the role of Queen Isabella "Edward II"- Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
19731974
"The Balcony"- Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
19731974
"Cock-a-Doodle-Dandy " - Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
19721973
"The Royal Pardon" - Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
19721973
"Shearwater"- Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
19721973
"Lower Depths"- Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
19721973
"Major Barbara"- Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
STAGE PRODUCTION – VASSAR COLLEGE
1971
Tisbea (off-Broadway debut) "The Playboy of Seville"- Cubiculo Theatre, New York, New York, USA
1971
Acted in the role of Sarah Millwood "The London Merchant"- The Experimental Theatre of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
1970
Acted in the role of Frosine "The Miser"- The Experimental Theatre of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
1969
Acted in the role of Miss Julie "Miss Julie" - The Experimental Theatre of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

Professional affiliations

1992–present
Equality Now New York, New York, USA Advisory Board Member

Accomplishments of note

She Is one of only four thespians to be nominated for acting honors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences over five decades - 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s.
Holds the record for most nominations for The British Academy of Film and Television Arts(BAFTA) award at 14 in total.
2009
Became the most-nominated performer in Golden Globe Awards history when her double lead actress nods for Doubt (2008) and Mamma Mia! (2008) gave her 23 in total, breaking the tie with Jack Lemmon. In 2012 and 2013 broke her own record when she garnered her 26th and 27th Golden Globe nominations.
As of 2013, holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Nominated 17 times since her first nomination in 1979 (fourteen for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress).

Professional honors and awards

2013
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite Movie Icon
2012
AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Won - Best Actress (The Iron Lady) (2011)
2012
BAFTA Film Award British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Won - Best Leading Actress for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2012
Honorary Golden Berlin Bear  Berlin International Film Festival Won - The award is presented for an exceptional artistic career
2012
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2012
The Academy Award - Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Won -  Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (The Iron Lady) (2011)
2012
ALFS Award London Film Critics' Circle Won - Actress of the Year for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2012
NSFC Award National Society of Films Critics, USA Third Place - Best Actress for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2011
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (BSFC) Boston Society of Film Critics Second Place - Best Actress for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2011
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2011
SEFCA Awards Southeastern Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2011
DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA) Third Place - Best Actress for: The Iron Lady (2011)
2011
Kennedy Center Honoree The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2010
IFTA Award / Audience Award The Irish Film & Television Academy Won - Best International Actress for: It's Complicated (2009)
2010
Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: Julie & Julia (2009). Tied with Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009).
2010
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2010
NSFC Award National Society of Films Critics, USA Second Place - Best Actress for: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Julie & Julia (2009)
2010
KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
Golden Marc'Aurelio Acting Award Rome Film Fest
2009
PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
SEFCA Awards Southeastern Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
Golden Camera Award Golden Camera, Germany Won - Best International Actress
2009
IFTA Award / Audience Award The Irish Film & Television Academy Won - Best International Actress for: Mamma Mia! (2008)
2009
KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Doubt (2008/I)
2009
NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Won - Best Acting by an Ensemble for: It's Complicated (2009). Shared with: Steve Martin, Hunter Parrish, Rita Wilson, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Zoe Kazan, Alexandra Wentworth, Alec Baldwin, Mary Kay Place
2009
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
SFFCS Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
Goldene Kamera HÖRZU Magazine Won - Best Actress - International
2009
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite Song from a Soundtrack for: Mamma Mia! (2008) for the song "Mamma Mia".
2009
Rembrandt Award (Dutch film award) The Film Committee and Jury of the Rembrandt Awards Foundation nominates films and actors in various categories, and the Dutch public votes online to select the winners. Won - Best International Actress (Beste Buitenlandse Actrice) for: Mamma Mia! (2008)
2009
SAG Award Screen Actors Guild Won - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role r: Doubt (2008/I)
2009
Satellite Award International Press Academy Won - Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (BSFC) Boston Society of Film Critics Won - Best Actress for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA) Second Place - Best Actress for: Julie & Julia (2009)
2009
Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: Doubt (2008/I). Tied with 'Anne Hathaway (I)' for Rachel Getting Married (2008).
2008
WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Won - Best Acting Ensemble for: Doubt (2008/I). Shared with: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, Amy Adams
2008
Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
2008
Inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame The New Jersey Hall of Fame Honors individuals from the U.S. state of New Jersey who have made contributions to society and the world beyond.
2008
National Movie Award National Movie Awards, UK / Indigo Television Won - Best Performance - Female for: Mamma Mia! (2008)
2008
NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Won - Best Acting by an Ensemble for: Doubt (2008/I), Shared with: Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman
2008
35th Chaplin Award Film Society of Lincoln Center Honors a distinguished film artist whose body of work and lifetime of achievements represent a significant contribution to the art of film
2008
DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA) Second Place - Best Actress for: Doubt (2008/I)
2008
WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: Doubt (2008/I)
2008
PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role for: Doubt (2008/I)
2007
NSFC Award National Society of Films Critics, USA Won - Best Supporting Actress for: The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
2007
COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA) Second Place - Best Actress for The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
2007
ALFS Award London Film Critics' Circle Won - Actress of the Year for: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
2006
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (BSFC) Boston Society of Film Critics Second Place - Best Supporting Actress for: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
2006
Sherry Lansing Leadership Award The Hollywood Reporter
2006
DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA) Third Place - Best Actress for: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
2006
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
2006
Satellite Award International Press Academy Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for: "Angels in America" (2003)
2006
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Third Place - Best Actress for: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
2005
Gracie Allen Award Alliance for Women in Media Won - Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Special for: "Angels in America" (2003)
2005
TV Prize Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden Won - Best Foreign TV Personality - Female (Bästa utländska kvinna)
2004
Primetime Emmy Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Won - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for: "Angels in America" (2003) (HBO)
2004
SAG Award Screen Actors Guild Won - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for: "Angels in America" (2003)
2004
Golden Satellite Award International Press Academy Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for: "Angels in America" (2003)
2004
Stanislavsky Award Moscow International Film Festival Outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavski's school.
2004
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for: "Angels in America" (2003)
2004
Life Achievement Award American Film Institute, USA
2003
CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (CFCA) Won - Best Supporting Actress for: Adaptation. (2002)
2003
Honorary César Award Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema, France Won - France's National Film Award
2003
Silver Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Won - Best Actress for: The Hours (2002). Shared with: Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore
2003
FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Won - Best Supporting Actress for Adaptation (2002)
2003
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for: Adaptation. (2002)
2003
Screen Idol Award L.A. Outfest Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for: The Hours (2002)
2003
DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA) Second Place - Best Supporting Actress for: Adaptation. (2002)
2002
SEFCA Awards Southeastern Film Critics Association Won - Best Supporting Actress for: Adaptation. (2002)
2002
Utah Film Critics Award Utah Film Critics Association Won - Best Support Actress for: Adaptation
1999
The George Eastman Award George Eastman House Distinguished contribution to the art of film.
1999
Berlinale Camera Berlin International Film Festival Won - Special award for services to the Festival
1999
Gotham Independent Film Awards Independent Film Productions (IFP), Brooklyn, NY Lifetime Achievement Award
1998
Crystal Award Women in Film Los Angeles Won - Honors outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.
1998
Star on the Walk of Fame Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Motion Picture at 7020 Hollywood Boulevard
1996
NSFC Award National Society of Films Critics, USA Third Place - Best Actress for: The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
1991
American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards USA Won - Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) (Postcards from the Edge) (1990)
1990
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - World-Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1990
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1989
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress
1989
Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival Won - Best Actress
1989
AFI Award Australian Film Institute Won - Best Actress in a Lead Role (A Cry in the Dark) (1988)
1988
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: A Cry in the Dark (1988)
1987
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1986
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer and Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1986
KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Out of Africa (1985)
1986
David di Donatello Award Accademia del Cinema Italiano – Premi David di Donatello Won - Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera) for Out of Africa (1985)
1986
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain Won - Best Actress for Heartburn (1986)
1985
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Second Place - Best Actress for: Plenty (1985) and Out of Africa (1985)
1985
David di Donatello Award Accademia del Cinema Italiano – Premi David di Donatello Won - Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera) for Falling in Love (1984)
1985
LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: Out of Africa (1985)
1985
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1984
KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Silkwood (1983)
1984
People's Choice Award People's Choice Won - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1983
Muse Award New York Women in Film & Television Honors the vision and achievement of women who work in the entertainment industry.
1983
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (BSFC)  Boston Society of Film Critics Won - Best Actress for: Sophie's Choice (1982)
1983
The Academy Award - Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Won - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sophie's Choice) (1982)
1983
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Sophie's Choice (1982)
1983
NSFC Award National Society of Films Critics, USA Won - Best Actress for: Sophie's Choice (1982)
1983
KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Sophie's Choice (1982). Tied with Julie Andrews for Victor Victoria (1982).
1982
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Won - Best Actress for: Sophie's Choice (1982)
1982
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama for: The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
1982
LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: Sophie's Choice (1982)
1982
BAFTA Film Award British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Won - Best Actress for: The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
1982
NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Won - Best Actress for: Sophie's Choice (1982)
1981
Obie Award The Village Voice Performance in "Alice in Concert"
1981
LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Won - Best Actress for: The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
1980
1980 Woman of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1980
Golden Globe Awards Hollywood Foreign Press Association Won - Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
1980
The Academy Award - Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Won -  Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kramer vs. Kramer) (1979)
1980
Marquee Award American Movie Awards Won - Best Supporting Actress (The Deer Hunter) (1978)
1980
NSFC Award National Society of Films Critics, USA Won - Best Supporting Actress for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Manhattan (1979) and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
1980
KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Won - Best Supporting Actress for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
1979
LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Won - Best Supporting Actress for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Manhattan (1979) and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
1979
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Won - Best Supporting Actress for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
1979
NSFC Award National Society of Films Critics, USA Won - Best Supporting Actress for: The Deer Hunter (1978)
1979
NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Won - Best Supporting Actress for: Manhattan (1979), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
1978
NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Third Place - Supporting Actress for: The Deer Hunter (1978)
1978
Primetime Emmy Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Won - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for: "Holocaust" (1978) (NBC)
1976
Theatre World Awards The Theatre World Awards, Inc. Debut performance in "27 Wagons Full of Cotton"
1976
Outer Critics Circle Award Outer Critics Circle Performance in "27 Wagons Full of Cotton"

Community

Community service

1982–present
Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve Foundation Short Hills, New Jersey, USA Has been a regular guest on the "A Magical Evening" Galas to raise awareness and benefit the Foundation. She has been supporting the Foundation ever since it was founded.
National Women's History Museum Alexandria, Virginia, USA She is the Museum’s national spokesperson and annually hosts the museum's "The de Pizan Honors" gala,
20042012
The Academy of American Poets New York, New York, USA 10th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2012 New York, New York, USA 8th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2010 New York, New York, USA 6th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2008 New York, New York, USA 4th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2006 New York, New York, USA 3rd Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2005 New York, New York, USA 2nd Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind, 2004
20102011
Women in the World Foundation New York, New York, USA Co-hosted the kick-off party for the Women in the World Foundation, 2011 New York, New York, USA Participated in Newsweek & The Daily Beast's "Women in the World Summit" which launched "The Women in the World Foundation," 2010
20092010
Partnerns in Health Boston, Massachusetts, USA Narrated audiobook "Haiti After the Earthquake" to benefit Partners in Health, 2010 New York, New York, USA Supported Partners in Health with a benefit performance "Courage in Concert", 2009
19972010
Hole in the Wall Gang Camps New York, New York, USA Participated in "A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps" performance that took place in Lincoln Center, 2010 Ashford, Connecticut , USA Performed in a "Hole in the Wall Camp" drama, 2004 New York, New York, USA Was part of an all-star cast for a one-night-only performance of A. E. Hotchner "The World of Nick Adams" at Avery Fisher Hall, 2001 Barretstown, Ireland Supported the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps in Barretstown, Ireland in 1997 while she was shooting "Dancing at Lughnasa", 1997
19822010
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts New York, New York, USA Participated in one-night reading of Ariel Dorfman's "Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark," benefiting the relief efforts of Habitat for Humanity in Chile , 2010 Washington, DC, USA Participated in Kennedy Center Honors, paying tribute to Mike Nichols, 2003 Washington, DC, USA Participated in Kennedy Center Honors, paying tribute to Helen Hayes, 1982 Washington, DC,USA Honorary Committee Member of The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays.
2009
American Place Theatre - Project 451 New York, New York, USA In support ofthe arts and literacy program "Literature to Life," she recorded a reading of Ray Bradbury's classic American novel, "Fahrenheit 451. "
20072009
Clothes Off Our Back Organization closed Meryl Streep's gowns that she wore to the Golden Globe Awards (made by Caroline Herrerra and Angel Sanchez) were auctioned at ClothesOff Our Back
2008
Stand Up 2 Cancer Pasadena, California Along with an array of celebrities, appeared on the "Stand Up 2 Cancer" telethon, which was simultaneously aired on ABC, CBS and NBC to raise money for cancer research and treatment.
20032008
Center for Health and the Global Environment Boston, Massachusetts, USA Narrated the "Healthy Ocean, Healthy Humans," 2008 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Hosted the Global Environmental Citizen Awards, presenting award to Prince Charles, 2007 Boston, Massachusetts, USA Hosted the Global Environmental Citizen Awards, presenting award to Al Gore, 2005. Boston, Massachusetts, USA Hosted the Global Environmental Citizen Awards, presenting award to Bill Moyers, 2004. New York, New York, USA Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver hosted a benefit aimed at bringing attention to the ways in which today’s globally changing environment affects human health, 2003
2006
AID Darfur Washington, DC, USA Tony Bennett and Meryl Streep launched a national television campaign to bring aid to war-torn Darfur
2004
The Grace Childrens Foundation New York, New York USA Hosted a 6 minute public service announcement video for the organization.
19802003
Amnesty International New York, New York, USA Narrated documentary, "Stolen Childhoods" for its "On Campus" travelling film festival, 2003 New York, New York, USA Joined nationwide benefit concerts tour "A Conspiracy of Hope," 1986
2002
Healthy Child Healthy World Los Angeles, California, USA At a 2002 Children’s Health Environmental Coalition fundraiser in Los Angeles, Meryl Streep, Nell Newman, and biochemist Lawrie Mott were all honored for their work in environmental health.
2002
Connecticut Farmland Trust Hartford, Connecticut, USA Served as a Honorary Chairwoman at the 2002 Celebration of Connecticut Farms benefit.
2001
AIDS Project Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA Meryl Streep, along side other celebrities, designed the artwork for an AIDS Project Los Angeles' holiday card campaign.
2001
American Forests Washington, D.C., USA taped two public service announcements encouraging television viewers to plant trees with "American Forests."
19892001
Mothers and Others Organization closed Co-Founder
2000
Discover Jersey Arts Burlington, New Jersey, USA Featured in a variety of television, radio, and print advertisements by New Jersey celebrities, along with government officials, promoting the arts in New Jersey.
Women for Women International Washington, DC, USA Narrated two films: "Taking Back the Land" and "I Am the New Definition of a Business Woman"
Scenic Hudson Poughkeepsie, New York, USA Has spoken at several Scenic Hudson gatherings on the need to stop the proposed construction of the St. Lawrence Cement plant, mine and riverfront transport facility in the City of Hudson and Town of Greenport in Columbia County, New York and fund raising
1999
Northwest Center for Mental Health Torrington, Connecticut, USA Appeared in 3 performances of "Good for Otto," a fundraiser for the Northwest Center for Mental Health
1996
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)  New York, New York, USA Meryl Streep hosted "What Should I Tell My Child About Drinking?", a prevention video for parents developed by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
1996
The Arts Education Partnership Washington, D.C., USA Hosted a 12-minutes video, "The Arts and Children", created for the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership.
1994
The Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy Santa Monica, California, USA Narrated and introduced the information video made by the Charlie Foundation .
1990
An Evening with Friends of the Environment Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA Spoke at this charity concert in aid of the protecting the environment.

Community honors and awards

2008
Inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame The New Jersey Hall of Fame Honors individuals from the U.S. state of New Jersey who have made contributions to society and the world beyond
2007
Dana Reeve Hope Award Christopher Reeve and Dana Reeve Foundation
Nationality
American

Education

College
Vassar College Poughkeepsie, New York, USA Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Drama Class of 1971 Briefly received instruction from actress Jean Arthur. Enrolled as an exchange student at Dartmouth College for a quarter. She became one of the first women to take classes at the College and her enrollment predates the matriculation of women there.
Master’s
Yale School of Drama New Haven, Connecticut USA Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Drama Degree conferred 1975
Native language
English

Honorary Degrees

2010
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Doctor of Arts (D.A.)
2009
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey, USA Doctorate of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)
1983
Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, USA Doctorate of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)
1981
Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire, USA Doctor of Arts (D.A.)

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
June 22, 1949
Gender
Female
Place of birth
Summit, New Jersey USA

Marriage

1978–present
Don Gummer 4 children Henry Wolfe Gummer (1979) Mary Willa Gummer (1983) Grace Jane Gummer (1986) Louisa Jacobson Gummer (1991)

Partnership

19771978
John Cazale (deceased)

Parents

Father
Harry William Streep, Jr.
Mother
 Mary Wolf (Wilkinson) Streep

Ancestry

German, German-Swiss, Irish and English ancestry