10 Things You Didn’t Know About Meryl Streep

  
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Meryl Streep is easily one of the most famed actress in all of Hollywood. She’s a veteran actor who is often cited as the “best actress of her generation.” That’s quite the title! As of 2015, she was the most critically acclaimed actor (male or female) and is particularly well known for her ability to transform herself for a role and embody a character. Not only is she talented, but she’s well loved! For an actress who’s been around for over 40 years, she’s done well to maintain her image and remain one of the most respected actresses in showbiz. In honor of her upcoming 67th birthday, we’ve created a list of 10 things you might not have known about this beloved actress!

10. Childhood

Born Mary Louise Streep, Meryl Streep grew up in Summit, New Jersey. Her mother was Mary Wolf Wilinson, a commercial artist and art editor, and her father was Harry William Streep Jr., a pharmaceutical executive. She has two brothers named Dana David and Harry William III. She was raised in a Presbyterian household, and began performing at a young age in school recitals and plays. She claimed she had a photographic memory when she was younger which allowed her to memorize her lines. In high school she was a homecoming queen and cheerleader.

Bernards High School via Wikipedia

Bernards High School via Wikipedia

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9. Worked as a Waitress and Almost Became a Lawyer

She had to pay her own way through school, so she worked as a waitress at the Hotel Somerset as a teenager. When she attended Yale School of Drama, she once again had to support herself so she returned to waitressing and took up typing. She also graduated from Vassar College in 1971 and applied to law school. On the day of her interview she overslept and missed the interview. She took this as a sign of fate that she was meant to do something else. Streep has honorary doctrates from three different schools — Yale, Princeton and Harvard.

Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

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