Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep is a one of a kind, versatile and evergreen actress. The Academy award winner is often described as “the best actress of her generation” and she does complete justice to the statement. She flaunts an array of awards, almost every award, that can be won in the field of acting.
This Hollywood biggie has been up and running since the ’70s and continues to entertain us with her antics and acting skills. A true entertainer, join us as we pay a tribute to the devil in prada, the witch in the woods, the iron lady. Here is a list of the best works of the veteran:
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
What better movie to start with than this one. Our birthday girl plays the role of one of New York City’s biggest magazine editors Miranda Priestly. She is joined by Anne Hathaway as Andrea “Andy” Sachs who lands a job in the City as Priestly’s assistant. The movie is based on Lauren Weisberger’s book of the same name.
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
This heart wrenching drama won the actress the Academy Award for the Best Actress. Streep plays the role of Sophie, a Holocaust survivor. She lives with her husband Nathan, played by Kevin Kline. Peter MacNicol joins in as Stingo, a young writer who joins the two lovers to work on his first novel. As Sophie recalls the harrowing memories from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz, the two grow closer.
Mike Nichols directed this story of Karen Silkwood(Meryl Streep), a real-life whistleblower and labor union activist who fought to protect fellow workers from radiation at the nuclear plant where they worked. Nichols, Streep, and costar Cher all received Oscar nominations.
The Iron Lady (2011)
Needless to point out, Meryl Streep stepped into the role of the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. It is a rare concoction of its own where one popular American woman plays the role of another popular and powerful British woman. And undeniably she did full justice to the role. The movie follows the story of Margaret Thatcher as she rises from the state of a common woman to the most powerful person in Britain.
Mamma Mia (2008)
This musical drama has a funnily twisted plot. Most of the songs in the movie are based on the pop hits of the musical group ABBA. The movie features Meryl Streep as Donna Sheridan, mother to Sophie Sheridan played by Amanda Seyfried. While Sophie’s family is busy preparing for her marriage, she secretly sends invitations to her mother’s three lovers in hope of knowing which one of them is her father. The movie brought in multiple awards for Meryl Streep including the National Movie Awards for best female performance.
It’s Complicated (2009)
It is an American romantic-comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner who is a single mother of three. After ten years of her divorce she falls into a secret affair with her ex-husband played by Alec Baldwin. The plot gets complicated when she is drawn to another man: her architect portrayed by Steve Martin.
Into The Woods (2014)
It is an American musical fantasy film featuring Meryl Streep as a witch. Hocus pocus! And it gets better with the unpredictable antics of Johnny Depp. It is a light-hearted musical comedy with the perfect Disney vibes. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers‘ fairy tales of “Little Red Riding Hood“, “Cinderella“, “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Rapunzel“, the film is centered on a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch. Ultimately, the characters are forced to experience the unforeseen consequences of their actions.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
The plot focuses on the rivalry between Madeline Ashton(Meryl streep ) and Helen Sharp(Goldie Hawn). It is an American black comedy directed by Robert Zemeckis. The two rivals drink a potion that promises eternal youth. But it shows an unpleasant side effect and the two ladies become the walking dead after they physically die.
Heartburn is an American romantic comedy-drama film directed and produced by Mike Nichols. The movie is based on a semibiographical novel of the same name written by Nora Ephron about her marriage with Carl Bernstein. It stars Meryl Streep as Rachel Samstat and Jack Nicholson as her unfaithful husband Mark Forman.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
This is an American legal-drama film directed by Robert Benton, based on Avery Corman’s 1977 novel of the same name. It tells the tale of a couple who are getting divorced and the psychological effects of it on their young son. The movie brings to fore the prevailing social issue like women’s rights, men’s rights and gender roles in parenting. It was the highest grossing film of 1979.