Meryl Streep’s 10 Best Movie Moments
We celebrate Meryl Streep as the queen of reinvention.
How many actresses do you know who can play an angel, rabbi and a Communist spy all in the same movie? Or who can effortlessly master accents as varied as Polish, Italian and Danish?
There is only one film star in history with that rare talent, and her name is Meryl Streep.
With a record-breaking 15 Academy Award nominations (and two wins), she is the most acclaimed star in movies, surpassing Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, Katharine Hepburn or anyone else who ever set foot on a soundstage.
The 60-year-old transformed herself yet again this year to give an Oscar-worthy performance as cooking legend Julia Child in Julie & Julia. While Meryl is nowhere near as tall as the late chef, she has her trilling voice, mannerisms and ungainly walk down pat.
Food Network host Sarah Moulton who was a friend of Julia’s for 25 years, said of watching Meryl, “I didn’t stop smiling the whole time. [Her] portrayal is just right whether she is boning a duck or making an omelet.”
While Katharine Hepburn complained that she didn’t like Meryl as an actress because you could see the wheels turning in her mind (“Click, click, click”), Bette Davis was a fan and reportedly wrote to Meryl, anointing her as a worthy successor.
Nora Ephron, who directed Meryl in the Julie & Julia says of her star, “Many years ago, when we did Silkwood, [director] Mike Nichols said to her, ‘You’re going to have a career as huge as Bette Davis.’ And the truth is, multiply that by 20. At this age Bette Davis was playing crazy ladies in bad movies.”
Here we present Meryl’s 10 most memorable roles (and some of her most amazing transformations). And while there are some crazy ladies in the bunch, there’s not a bad movie among them.