The Evolution of Meryl Streep

If Meryl Streep hadn’t slept through her LSAT exam, she would never have become one of Hollywood’s most inspiring artists.

Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949. Her dad was apparently the one who dubbed her “Meryl,” which she initially hated.

Her high school music teacher inspired her to become an actress, which also prompted a big aesthetic transformation, including her dying her hair and ditching her glasses. She graduated from Vassar in 1971 and intended to go to law school — but she ended up sleeping through her LSAT exam because she had a performance the night before. She interpreted the mishap as fate and enrolled in Yale School of Drama instead.

Only a year after graduating from Yale, Streep was nominated for a Tony for her role in “27 Wagons Full of Cotton.” “The Deer Hunter,” earned Streep her first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, but tragedy around the film struck when her lover and co-star John Cazale died of lung cancer. However, sculptor Don Gummer helped her through the tragedy and they later married.

In 1980, Streep won her first Oscar for her supporting role in “Kramer vs. Kramer” and later won for her lead role in “Sophie’s Choice.” Her amazing acting talents, paired with her penchant for giving her characters their own unique voices, help Streep become the icon she is today. “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Julie and Julia,” and “The Iron Lady” are just a few of the many films that helped solidify her success.

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