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Meryl Streep: Life in pictures

Meryl Streep
Save some awards for the rest of us, Meryl!

With two Oscars, six Golden Globe awards, two SAG awards, two Emmys and a BAFTA award, Meryl Streep is the most celebrated actress of our time.

She has been nominated for 15 Academy Awards -- more than any other actor in history. (Brian VanderBrug / Los Angeles Times)
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Talent, shmalent

Sure, talent doesn’t hurt, but Meryl knows that training separates the good actors from the greats. She has a B.A. in drama from Vassar and an M.F.A. in drama from Yale. (Scott Wintrow / Getty Images)
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In good company

In two of her first films, Meryl acted alongside Robert De Niro (in 1978’s “The Deer Hunter”) and Dustin Hoffman (in ’79’s “Kramer vs. Kramer”). The films garnered Meryl her first Oscar nomination and her first win, respectively.

She won a second Oscar for best actress in 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice,” pictured. (AMC)
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Meryl’s men

Meryl was engaged to her costar from “The Deer Hunter,” John Cazale, but sadly, he died of bone cancer. In 1978, she married sculptor Don Gummer and they have four children together. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Angels in America
Meryl on the tube

In 2003, Meryl teamed up with Al Pacino and Emma Thompson in the HBO adaptation of “Angels in America.”

Meryl had four roles in the TV special, because why hire other actors when you can have Meryl Streep play all the parts? (Stephen Goldblatt / HBO)
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Meryl as a giddy girl

Sure, she’s poised and serious now, but growing up, Meryl was as giddy as any other teenage girl. In 1965, she went to a Beatles concert with an “I love Paul” sign! And get this: she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school! ()
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Meryl gives her famous face a rest

Meryl voiced characters on “The Simpsons” in 1994 and “King of the Hill” in 1999. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)
Marvin’s Room
Meryl fans

Diane Keaton calls her “my generation’s genius,” and Robert De Niro says Meryl is his favorite actress to work with. Bette Davis once wrote Meryl a letter saying that Meryl would succeed her as the greatest actress of her time. (Phillip V. Caruso)
Katherine Hepburn
Meryl detractors

According to Katharine Hepburn’s biographer, Katharine didn’t see what all the fuss was about. She hated watching Meryl act! (Ron Edmonds / Associated Press)
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Temporary insanity

Meryl donated every last one of her gorgeous costumes from 2006’s “The Devil Wears Prada” to charity. (Barry Wetcher / Twentieth Century Fox)