Birthday:July 22, 1949
Meryl Streep is an American actress raised in New Jersey. Streep took opera lessons in her youth, and went on to sing and act in various plays in high school. After high school she went on to get a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale. In her early years as a professional actor she acted in many theater productions, earning her first Tony Award nomination in 1976. She earned her first Oscar nomination for The Deer Hunter, in 1978, would go on to be nominated a record 18 more times (19 in total). Streep has won three Oscars, and is recognized as a one of the greatest actresses of all time, on stage or screen.