Meryl Streep turns 70 today and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to look back at the actresses' top 10 iconic moments, both on and off-screen from winning an Oscar for Best Actress for her second film Kramer Vs. Kramer to her current scream-worthing appearance on Big Little Lies. Having earned 21 Oscars nominations over the course of her 45-year career, Meryl truly deserves the title of cinematic royalty.
Here's the list of the beloved actress' 7 iconic moments list including on-screen performances, speeches
7. Her Golden Globes Speech in 2017
There's nothing new about Meryl Streep winning an award at an awards show—she does it all the time, and her speeches are always impressive. But her 2017 Golden Globes speech really blew everyone away. The actress accepted the Cecile B. DeMille award and gave a rousing speech that touched on the importance of diversity in Hollywood, some current political issues, and the necessity of news journalism. “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art," she said in closing, before receiving a much-deserved standing ovation.
6. When she failed her own Oscars quiz and broke her own record
One of the best things about Meryl is the joy and amusement she exudes wherever she is. During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live in January 2018, Jimmy decided to test Meryl on her own knowledge about her Oscars awards history. Meryl unfortunately, 'failed' the test, but it was hilarious to watch her squirm a bit. In 2018, the actor pulled an extremely 'Meryl Streep' move: She broke her own Oscars record. She had previously held the record for the most acting Oscar nominations, which she then broke that year with her 21st nomination for her role as Katharine Graham in The Post.
5. The Devil Wears Prada and meeting Anna Wintour
In 2006, Meryl took on one of her most memorable roles when she played Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, a character that was said to be based on Anna Wintour, the then editor of Vogue. Rumour has it that Anna was not thrilled with the film or Meryl's impersonation of her, but years later, in 2017, the two women put these rumours to rest when they finally met. In a taped interview for Vogue, Meryl sat down with Anna in her office to have an extremely interesting conversation.
4. When she impersonated Donald Trump
Streep has a little bit of a history when it comes to speaking out about Donald Trump, but the most unforgettable moment has to be when she dressed up as him onstage. During a performance in New York City in June 2016, Meryl took to the stage in a wig, fake belly, lots of self-tanner, and the President's classic suit and red tie, to portray him Trump alongside Christine Baranski, who impersonated Hillary Clinton.
3. Her 2004 Emmy's speech
In 2004, Streep won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in Angels In America. Her speech was great, as usual, but it was the very beginning that stood out as classic Meryl. She started off by saying, "You know, there are some days when I, myself, think I'm overrated... but not today."
2. Mamma Mia (2008)
The Oscar-winner is known for her weightier roles, but she takes a different direction in Phyllida Lloyd’s Abba-inspired hit blockbuster. Meryl played the singing and dancing Donna Sheridan-Carmichael (highlights include her singing Super Trouper), who runs the hotel Villa Donna on a Greek Island. Her daughter, Sophie, is getting married and has invited three of her mum’s former lovers (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard) along, in the hope that one of them is her father, and can give her away. Meryl had sung before in Postcards from Edge (1990) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006) – but doing the splits was a career first.
1. Screaming her way in Big Little Lies
HBO’s critically acclaimed series Big Little Lies returned to the small screen with its second sea and with it came a major casting addition: Meryl. The Hollywood icon steps into Monterey as the grief-stricken mother of Perry played by Alexander Skarsgård who was dearly departed down a flight of stairs at the end of season 1 and fans are already in love with her sassy and extremely savage character.
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