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 birthday, we’ve created a list of 10 things you might not have known about this beloved actress!
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.