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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Women We Love: Meryl Streep

Object of our affection: Meryl Streep, actress.

- Where to begin? The consummate actress of stage, screen and television, she not only can do it all, but also do it with inherent class, unquestionable technique and unbridled honesty. And speaking of doing it all, she does just that -- passion, singing, drama, dancing, comedy -- in this week's Mamma Mia!, not to mention the upcoming Doubt and Julie & Julia.

- She currently reigns as the all-time Academy Award nominated champ -- 14 times; along with two wins for Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice, she has been nominated for The Deer Hunter, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Silkwood, Out of Africa, Ironweed, A Cry in the Dark, Postcards from the Edge, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, Adaptation and The Devil Wears Prada.

- And it's not just Oscars -- she has 21 Golden Globe nominations (second only to Jack Lemmon); in addition to most of the above, she has been recognized for She-Devil, Death Becomes Her, The River Wild, Marvin's Room, The Hours and The Manchurian Candidate. Her six Globe wins include her performance in the epic television masterpiece Angels in America ...

- ... Which also won her her second Emmy; her first was for the classic mini-series Holocaust. She was also nominated for First Do No Harm. Other awards crowding her mantel include those from the American Film Institute (Lifetime Achievement Award), BAFTA, Cannes, the César Awards, Outfest, the National Board of Review, the People's Choice Awards, the Satellite Awards, the Screen Actors Guild and numerous critics groups.

- In addition to such other films as Julia (her film debut), Manhattan, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Plenty, Heartburn, Defending Your Life, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, A Prairie Home Companion, Rendition and Lions for Lambs, her work on the stage includes her Tony Award nominated turn in A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, plus The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull and Mother Courage and Her Children. Told you could do it all.

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