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July 17, 2008: "Meryl Streep Talks About Her "Poor Days" In London"
Meryl Streep once had to sleep rough in London.
Before she made it big in Hollywood, the 59-year-old actress spent the night in Green Park because she couldn't afford to stay in a hotel or hostel.
Meryl, who was 20 at the time, said: "On my very, very first trip to London I went around busking to earn a few pennies to afford some food and overnight accommodation. One night, when I hadn't made enough, I actually slept in the open in Green Park under a tree."
Meryl insists the grounding experience made her determined to make a success of her career.
She added to Closer magazine: "The view from the park was of the Ritz hotel, and I vowed to myself that night that I was going to stay there one day - and I have."
July 1, 2008: "Meryl Streep Obsessed With "Mamma Mia" Songs"
Meryl Streep's family sent her to the closet whenever she wanted to rehearse her songs from 'Mamma Mia!'.
The Oscar-winning actress was banned from practicing some of the classic ABBA hits which appear in the movie unless she locked herself away in her soundproof cupboard.
Speaking yesterday at London's Mandarin Oriental hotel, Meryl told BANG Showbiz: "I think I have sung all of these songs about 70,000 times - starting in my closet, which was the only place my family would allow me to practice, all the way to Pinewood and Holland Park where we were living. But I never got sick of singing these songs - you just cannot be excited when it starts!"
Meryl also revealed she is slightly nervous about her son Henry seeing the film, because she thinks he will be embarrassed when he sees his mother singing and dancing on screen.
She added: "My son will be appalled, but I think he will actually like it because he is a musician and he will get a kick out of it - he will appreciate the musicality of it."
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Birth name: Mary Louise Streep.
Born: June 22, 1949 Summit, New Jersey, USA.
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m).
-Don Gummer (15 September 1978 - present) they have four children.
Meryl Streep biography (bio):
In the 1980s, Streep appeared in the acclaimed films The French Lieutenant's Woman, Silkwood (1982) with Kurt Russell and Cher, Out of Africa with Robert Redford, and Ironweed, with Jack Nicholson. In A Cry in the Dark Streep portrayed Lindy Chamberlain, the infamous Australian mother who was accused of being responsible for the death of her infant after claiming that a dingo took her baby. From 1984 to 1990, Streep won six People's Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actress and, in 1990, was named "World Favorite".
In the 1990s Streep took a greater variety of roles, including a strung-out B-film actress in a screen adaptation of Carrie Fisher's novel Postcards from the Edge with Dennis Quaid and Shirley MacLaine, and a farcical role in Death Becomes Her with Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. Streep also appeared in the movie version of Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, Clint Eastwood's screen adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, The River Wild, She-Devil, Marvin's Room (with Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio), One True Thing and Music of the Heart, in a role that required her to learn to play the violin.
She was a voice actress for the animated series The Simpsons playing Reverend Timothy Lovejoys daughter, and King of the Hill. She also voiced the Blue Mecha character in the Steven Spielberg film, A.I..
In 2002, she co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Spike Jonze's quirky Adaptation, as real-life author Susan Orlean; and with Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in The Hours. She also appeared with Al Pacino in the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's six-hour play Angels in America, in which she had four roles. She received her second Emmy Award for Angels in America, which reunited her with director Mike Nichols, who directed her in Silkwood, Heartburn and Postcards from the Edge.
In addition, she appeared in Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate co-starring Denzel Washington, in which Streep played a role made famous by Angela Lansbury. She also starred with Jim Carrey and again with Dustin Hoffman in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."
Streep's most recent film releases are Prime (2005), the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion with Lindsay Lohan and Lily Tomlin and the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada with Anne Hathaway which grossed nearly $125 million dollars and earned Streep the 2007 Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. On January 23, 2007, Streep earned her 14th Academy Award nomination (her 11th for Best Actress) for The Devil Wears Prada. Streep's newest film Dark Matter debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
She has also been confirmed for the role of Donna in the film version of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia.
-Best Actress: 1982 Sophie's Choice.
-Best Supporting Actress: 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer.
-Best Actress in a Mini-series:
2004 Angels in America.
Golden Globe Awards:
-Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama:
1982 The French Lieutenant's Woman.
1983 Sophie's Choice.
-Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture:
-1980 Kramer vs. Kramer.
-Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy:
-2007 The Devil Wears Prada.