>For almost 40 years MERYL STREEP (Katharine Graham), has portrayed an
astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path
from the theater through film and television.
Streep was educated in the New Jersey public school system through high school,
graduated cum laude from Vassar College, and received her MFA with honors from
Yale University in 1975. She began her professional life on the New York stage,
where she quickly established her signature versatility and verve as an actor.
Within three years of graduation, she made her Broadway debut, won an Emmy for
(Holocaust) and received her first Oscar nomination (The Deer Hunter). She has
won three Academy Awards and in 2017, in a record that is unsurpassed, she
earned a 20th Academy Award nomination for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins.
Her performance earned her the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress, and
Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Streep has pursued her interest in the environment through her work with Mothers
and Others, a consumer advocacy group that she co-founded in 1989. M&O worked
for ten years to promote sustainable agriculture, establish new pesticide
regulations, and ensure the availability of organic and sustainably grown local
Streep also lends her efforts to Women for Women International, the Committee to
Protect Journalists, Donor Direct Action, Women in the World Foundation, and
Partners in Health.
She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been
accorded a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French
Government and an honorary Cesar. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor from the Film Society of Lincoln
Center, and the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. In 2011, Ms. Streep received a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2014 the Presidential Medal of
Freedom. She holds honorary doctorates from Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth,
and Indiana Universities, the University Of New Hampshire, Lafayette,
Middlebury, and the Barnard College medal.
Her husband, artist Don Gummer, and she are the parents of a son and three
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