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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.
Nov 29
2020

In 2013, Meryl Streep landed the leading role in the anticipated big screen adaptation of Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play” August: Osage County”, about a dysfunctional family that reunites into the familial house when their patriarch suddenly disappears. Director John Wells gathered a wonderful ensemble around Streep’s towering mother: Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, and Julianne Nicholson. But “August” faced some rather odd decisions for its marketing. While the play was praised for its dark tone, the promotion for the film was lightened up and promoted as a light Christmas comedy in the tradition of “Home for the Holidays”. The overwhelming praise of Streep’s and Roberts’ involvement led critics to believe (and criticize) the film being merely a faithful adaptation of its source but rather an Oscar vehicle for its two stars. Both Streep and Roberts received Oscar nominations for their performances, but the reviews for the film were mixed. As Liam Lacey wrote for the Globe and Mail, “Although a couple of performances here may earn Oscar nominations, by the time you’ve sat through the wreckage, you’re left with the sense that this really must have worked better onstage.

April 25, 2013 (Tribeca Film Festival)
Nov 29
2020

For her portrayal of Margaret Thatchter, Meryl Streep won her career’s third Academy Award, as well as several other awards, including a Golden Globe, BAFTA Film Award and New York and London Film Critics Circle Awards. The film received a second Academy Award for her longtime companion Roy Helland’s makeup work with Mark Coulier. Commenting on her third Academy Award win, Streep said “I was a kid when I won this, like, 30 years ago. Two of the nominees were not even conceived. I thought I was so old and jaded, but they call your name and you just go into a sort of white light”.

In the Summer of 2012, Streep reunited with director David Frankel for the dramedy “Hope Springs”, co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. Streep and Jones played a middle-aged couple attending a week-long marriage counseling to bring back intimacy to their relationship. Reviews and box office revenues were favorable, and it honored Meryl Streep with yet another Golden Globe nomination.

October 12, 2012
August 08, 2012
Nov 29
2020

In February of 2011, Meryl Streep started filming what would be her most anticipated film role in a long time, and her most controversal one. She re-teamed with “Mamma Mia” director Phyllida Lloyd for a biopic on Margaret Thatcher called “The Iron Lady”, which takes a look at the Prime Minister during the Falklands War and her years in retirement. Streep, who sat through a session at the House of Commons to observe British MPs in action in preparation for her role, called her casting “a daunting and exciting challenge.” Former advisers, friends and family of Thatcher criticized Streep’s portrayal of her as inaccurate and biased and has been criticized by Thatcher’s children for putting the focus on her elderly years being heavily affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

The film, released in December of 2011, received mixed reviews for its botched execution and Lloyd’s rather odd, operatic direction. But despite the criticism, Streep’s performance in the title role garnered much critical acclaim and awards (see summary for 2012). The film’s release was heavily promoted in the United States and United Kingdom, and made a whopping $115 million in ticket revenues. On December 27, 2011, Meryl Streep was among the honorees of the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

December 30, 2011
Nov 29
2020

While the dawn of the new decade kept Meryl Streep busy attending awards ceremonies as a nominee for “Julie & Julia”, she kept a rather low profile this year as she did 10 years ago. Among her appearances that year was her online debut in Lisa Kudrow’s web series “Web Therapy”, which late moved to Showtime. In three episodes, Streep played Kudrow’s sexual orientation / conversion therapist Camilla Bowner, whose latest client happens to be Fiona’s husband. She also appeared on the television programme “Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.”, in which she traced her family tree – they found Streep is descended from people who lived in the small German town of Loffenau and also from Switzerland and from Quakers, who were among the first to settle in America.

November 08, 2010
January 28, 2010
Nov 29
2020

After a constant stream of celebrated performances throughout the decade, Meryl Streep finished the 2000s with two additional performances that would become fast fan favorites, and critical darlings. She starred in Nora Ephron’s last film “Julie & Julia”, based on Julie Powell’s best selling book by the same name, as the larger-than-life Julia Child. The comedic and heartfelt performance earned her yet another Golden Globe – the fourth within this decade – a Critics Choice Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award and nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Film Award. Receiving glowing reviews, and despite its limited appeal to mainstream moviegoers, “Julie & Julia” made $129 million at the box office on a $40 million budget.

Streep’s box office success was even topped with Nancy Meyers’ very grown-up and very funny romcom “It’s Complicated”, in which Meryl’s character, a divorcee and recent empty-nester, is caught between newfound affection for the architect she has hired to remodel her home, and rather warmed up affection from her ex husband who regrets their separation. Co-starring Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, the film received favorable reviews but a strong reception at the box office, grossing over $224 million during its Christmas release. For her performance, Streep received yet another Golden Globe nomination – and, ironically, lost to herself for “Julie & Julia”.

December 25, 2009
August 07, 2009
Nov 29
2020

After a year of passionate political films with zero profit, 2008 put Streep right back on the box office track with two very different Brodway adaptations and the most financially successful release of her career. She played Donna in the big-screen version of the long-running musical “Mamma Mia!”, which quickly became one of the year’s highest grossing films with over $600 million in worldwide revenue, despite its mixed reviews. The film was especially successful in the United Kingdom, where it is the 13th highest grossing film of all time. Despite its mixed reviews – the BBC called it “the closest you get to see A-List actors doing drunken karaoke”, Meryl Streep received a Golden Globe nomination and won the equivalent of Britain’s People’s Choice Award.

In December, John Patrick Shanley released the big-screen adaptation of his play “Doubt” for the big screen, in which Meryl Streep gave one of her most poignant dramatic performances of the decade. She plays a nun who confronts a priest (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) after suspecting him of sexually abusing a student. The film’s first-rate cast, also including Amy Adams as a young nun and a breakthrough performance by Viola Davis as the alleged victim’s mother, all received Academy Award nominations for their performances. Streep received another Golden Globe nomination and won her career’s second Screen Actors Guild Award.

December 25, 2008
December 12, 2008
September 05, 2008
July 10, 2008 (United Kingdom)
April 11, 2008
Nov 29
2020

For “The Devil Wears Prada”, Meryl Streep won yet another Golden Globe and received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Film Award and her 14th nomination for an Academy Award. At 57, she was at the top of her game, with four feature films to be released in a single year. Unfortunately, not one of them left a lasting impression. She played a mentor to Chinese students in Chen Shi-zheng’s drama “Dark Matter”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2007. Its theatrical release date was moved forward after the killing spree of a Chinese student at the University of Virginia. The film was theatrically released in the Spring of 2008 with no promotional effort.

In June 2007, “Evening” released theaters, boasting a strong female ensemble – Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson, Glenn Close – and a first starring role for Meryl’s daughter Mamie (whose “older version” was played in a cameo by Streep), but the film didn’t impress critics and its box office returns were dismal. Meryl played a CIA government official in Gavin Hood’s “Rendition”, who orders the rendition of a young Egyptian living in the USA with his American wife, played by Reese Witherspoon. October saw the release of Robert Redford’s highly anticipated “Lions for Lambs”, an ambitious look at how war affects the lives of soldiers, students, politicians and journalists. Like “Rendition”, the film served as a vignette for different storylines, all connected with each other through the profound impact of the war in Afghanistan. Both films were heavily promoted before their releases, and were both heavily panned by critics and audiences for their bleak subject matters.

November 9, 2007
October 19, 2007
June 29, 2007
Nov 29
2020

“Who’d have guessed that this autumn, the hottest, busiest, sassiest woman in Hollywood would be a 57-year-old mother of four?,” wrote the New York Magazine in an article that labeled the year 2006 as the “Summer of Streep”. A collaboration with one of America’s finest directors, the lead in a box office hit and a return to Shakespeare in the Park – in this case “Brecht in the Park”, gave Meryl Streep’s career yet another re-invention, if not certification of being America’s leading actress. June saw the release of two films – Robert Altman’s love letter to the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” and its last broadcast (unfortunately, it was also Altman’s last film). Streep’s role as country singer Yolanda Johnson gave her another chance to use her incredible vocal talents on film.

Her vocals were turned down considerably for the second June release – a film that would turn Meryl Streep the actress into Meryl Streep the megastar. In the “The Devil Wears Prada”, based on Lauren Weisberger’s novel, Meryl Streep played the stern, haughty “boss from hell”, Miranda Priestly, who gives a young intern a life lesson on what matters in life, and what’s at stake. The film was a hit with critics and audiences, grossing over 100 million dollars in the USA alone. In August of 2006, Streep’s name lured thousands into Central Park to see her illuminate the noxious struggles of “Mother Courage and Her Children”, which was directed by George C. Woolfe, and which remains Meryl’s last performance in the theatre to date.

November 30, 2006
August 08, 2006 - September 03, 2006
Nov 29
2020

In a rather quiet year – compared to the continuing exposure since the early 2000s – and in hindsight on what’s to come – Meryl Streep co-starred opposite Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy “Prime”, which drew favorable reviews but tanked at the box office. She reunited with writer Charlie Kaufman who, together with Joel and Ethan Coen, had been working on a live reading of two original sound plays, “Sawbones” and “Hope Leaves the Theater”. “Theater of the New Ear”, the summary title for both plays, starred Steve Buscemi, Hope Davis, Peter Dinklage, John Goodman, Marcia Gay Harden, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Brooke Smith, and was performed at the St. Ann’s Warehouse, a one-night-only at London’s Royal Festival Hall and at UCLA Live. In late 2005, Meryl Streep started filming for a new film that would change the trajectory of her career, once again.

October 28, 2005
April - September 2005
Nov 29
2020

In 2004, Meryl Streep was only the sixth woman to receive the AFI Life Achievement Award, which was handed out during a televised ceremony, which was attended by many of her colleagues and friends, including Cher, Carrie Fisher, Goldie Hawn and Mike Nichols. The year saw another two feature film releases: An updated version/remake of John Frankenheimer’s classic Cold War thriller “The Manchurian Candidate”, now about two Gulf War soldiers, in which Streep played a powerful and ruthless senator (the role was originally played by Angela Lansbury). For her performance, Meryl received another Golden Globe and BAFTA Film Award nomination.

The second release of the year, Brad Silberling’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”, based on the beloved children books series, gave Streep a chance to show her funny bone, as the endlessly scared Aunt Josephine. Her supporting role in the visually stunning film partnered her on screen with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf. The film received favorable reviews, decent box office and an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Makeup.