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The Simply Streep Archives has gathered details on all of Meryl Streep's feature films, television, theatre and voice narration, and also features an extensive library of articles, photographs and video clips. You can browse the collection by Ms. Streep's career or through a year-by-year summary.
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2020
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During her second year at Yale, Meryl was featured in four more plays. She participated in the Yale Children’s Theatre production of „The Royal Pardon“, was seen in two plays by the school‘s playwrighting students – William Hauptman’s „Shearwater“ and Christopher Durang’s „The Marriage of Bette and Boo“ and played the titular character of „Major Barbara“ by George Bernard Shaw.

November 13-17, 1973
May 02 - May 06, 1973
March 04 - March 11, 1973
Nov 29
2020
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After resuming her time with the Green Mountain Guild, Meryl Streep made good use of her drama experience during her freshman year at the Yale Drama School. She was a steady presence at Yale’s Experimental Theatre and the Yale Cabaret. Her first performance at Yale was as Vassilissa in Maxim Gorky’s „The Lower Depths“.

Nov 29
2020
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In her final year at Vassar, Meryl played Sarah Millwood in „The London Merchant“ and, with the support of Drama director Clinton Atkinson, made her professional debut off-Broadway in „The Playboy of Seville“ at New York‘s Cubiculo Theatre, playing Tisbea opposite Michael Moriarty’s Don Juan. After graduating from Vassar in the spring of 1971, Streep returned to the Upper Valley to be with her boyfriend at the time, who was starting at the Dartmouth Medical School. She lived in Norwich, Vt. for the next year, waited tables at the Hanover Inn and joined the small Vermont theater group Green Mountain Guild, which was founded as a Summer stock repertory, but took its performances into the cold Vermont winter. “We went around to ski resorts and put on Chekhov. You could hear the snoring in the bar and the snowmobiles outside.“ The following summer, Streep applied to the Yale University School of Drama. She received a scholarship to attend and enrolled that fall.

Nov 29
2020
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Still in her sophomore year at Vassar, Meryl Streep played Frosine in Moliere’s „The Miser“ and took a deep dive into all aspects of performing in the theatre – she designed costumes for Tennessee Williams’s play, „Camino Real,“ and designed lights for several medieval mystery plays. Her interest in costume design led to an exchange program for a term at Dartmouth College, studying costume design, play writing with legendary drama professor Errol Hill, and dance. And while she did audition for the lead role in one of Dartmouth’s theatrical productions and lost out, Streep participated in the Frost Playwrighting competition and performed in two student-written plays before returning to Vassar.

I remembered thinking, at Vassar, people would sit quietly and answer questions with judicial, thoughtful, ruminative answers. But, at Dartmouth, it was different. Before the professor finished the question, there were five people standing up, words coming out of their mouths but they had no idea what the answer was. It was very inspiring; it was something I didn’t have in me. The climate and the expectation were playing to the proactive. My teachers [back at Vassar] would start questions and I would get up before they were done and say, ‘I don’t even think that question is valid!’ even though I really had no idea what the question was. (Meryl Streep in conversation at Dartmouth College, May 2000)

October 20 - October 22, 1970
October 20 - October 22, 1970
February 25, 1970
Nov 26
2020

Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman James Corden, and Andrew Rannells are prepared to be “the biggest thing to happen in Indiana” in the star-studded trailer for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix film, The Prom. Murphy released the first full trailer for the movie musical on Thursday, announcing that “everyone is invited to the celebration of a lifetime!” The movie follows the story of high school student Emma Nolan, played by Jo Ellen Pellman, who’s been banned from attending the prom with her girlfriend Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). Once Emma shares her story on Twitter, stars from Broadway (Streep, Corden, Rannells and Kidman) head to small-town Indiana to help Emma find a solution – in an attempt to gain good press following their Broadway show flop. The Netflix film also includes a supportive high school principal, played by Keegan-Michael Key and the PTA head, played by Kerry Washington. “The Prom” arrives on Netflix on Dec. 11.

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Video Archive – Career – The Prom – Trailer

Nov 26
2020
Nov 25
2020

According to The Hollywood Reporter, quality Now is mounting the Make Equality Reality Gala, a virtual event scheduled for Dec. 3 to support the organization’s mission of fighting for an equal world for women and girls. The event’s program will feature a tribute written by Gloria Steinem and read by Meryl Streep in honor of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose work for legal equality has inspired Equality Now’s global work, per the organization. Other honors include the activists and filmmakers of On the Record, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s documentary exploring the sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons, and a third annual Changemaker Award presented by Gucci and Chime for Change that will be accepted by Egypt #MeToo activist Nadeen Ashraf. Confirmed to appear during the gala are Jane Fonda, Kate Hudson, Jameela Jamil, Karamo Brown, Margaret Atwood, Marisa Tomei, Alicia Vikander, Paul Reiser, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Reiner, Carmen Ejogo, Aasif Mandvi, Karen Robinson, Jess Glynne, Heather McMahon, Linda Perry, Christine Lahti, Scarlett Curtis and V, who was formerly known as Eve Ensler. “This has been an incredibly challenging year for women and girls worldwide — from the clampdown on reproductive rights in Poland and the United States to the rising rates of child marriage in Kenya and India, 2020 has had a profound impact on the status of gender equality,” said Yasmeen Hassan, global executive director of Equality Now. “These setbacks mean the work of human rights advocates and activists around the world is more crucial than ever. Equality Now is inspired by the incredible cohort that is participating in our first-ever virtual gala, and look forward to working with them to help ensure that women and girls have access to justice regardless of what stands in their way.” More information about the event can be found here. Many thanks to Alvaro for the heads-up.

Nov 25
2020

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Meryl Streep is among the Hollywood stars nominated for best spoken word album at the 63rd Grammy Awards, revealed by the Recording Academy on Tuesday. The actress received a nod on Friday for her reading of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Among the other nominees are Ronan Farrow for his nonfiction thriller Catch and Kill, which explored the decades of sexual misconduct by imprisoned media mogul Harvey Weinstein, and Jeopardy veteran Ken Jennings for Alex Trebek — The Answer Is … Rachel Maddow is also nominated for Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth; while Flea is nominated for Acid for the Children: A Memoir. Nominees in the comedy album category include Tiffany Haddish for Black Mitzvah, Patton Oswalt for I Love Everything, Jerry Seinfeld for 23 Hours to Kill, Bill Burr for Paper Tiger and Jim Gaffigan for The Pale Tourist. Trevor Noah is hosting the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Many thanks to Glenn and Alvaro for the heads-up.

Nov 22
2020
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After graduating Bernardsville High School, Meryl Streep enrolled at the all-female Vassar College. Her interest in the performing arts spawned in high school, having performed in all three musicals of her senior year – Daisy Mae in „Lil Abner“, Marian the Librarian in „The Music Man“ and Laurie in „Oklahoma“. However, more than the acting, Streep saw her talents in singing.

In high school I did musicals. I had a good singing voice, so I thought I would be a music major at Vassar. When I got there, I saw very quickly how many people in the music department were also good at math, because music is math. Composition and all. So I was quickly dissuaded from being a music major. And I just followed a course of liberal arts study. I was interested in everything. Except math. I was in a play in my sophomore year at Vassar, and my friends told me I was very good at that and I should do that. (Meryl Streep, Actors at Work, August 2007)

The mentioned play was a starring role as „Miss Julie“ in August Strindberg’s play. Drama director Clinton Atkinson, had cast her already in two minor parts with the Vassar Experimental Theater and felt that the young actress was destined to perform Miss Julie. A reading of the play convinced Vassar’s Drama Professor Evert Sprinchorn to greenlight the idea, despite Streep’s inexperience to lead a classical play. Sprinchorn remembered her as „perfect casting“.

December 12, 1969
November 19, 1969
Nov 21
2020

On Thursday, Meryl Streep was tasked with presenting Amal with the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award at the online ceremony for the DPJ International Press Freedom Awards. The lawyer was being honored for her work defending journalists and their legal rights at the United Nations last year. During her acceptance speech, Amal told Streep, “You are an inspiration as a woman, as an artist, as a press-freedom advocate.” Clooney jokingly added, “I know I can’t ever hope to win the number of awards that you’ve won, but it does occur to me that we have something special in common, which is that we’ve both been married to my husband. And honestly, the fact that you did it as Mr. and Mrs. Fantastic Fox just makes that so much less awkward.” Amal is of course referring to her husband’s voice role opposite Streep in Wes Anderson’s 2009 stop-motion animation film Fantastic Mr. Fox. Meryl’s introduction and Amal’s speech have been uploaded by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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