Meryl Streep: Actress, Mother, and Humanatarian
An Honor Like No Other
In 2011, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said, "This year, the Kennedy Center celebrated its 40th anniversary by selecting five extraordinary individuals whose collective artistry has contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world."
Those who were honored were singer Barbara Cook, singer/songwriter, Neil Diamond, Violinist Yo-Yo Ma, Saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and actress Meryl Streep.
Every year, I make it a point to watch the Kennedy Center Honors, because it is the elite of award recognitions that can be given to anyone in any profession.
It recognizes those who have primarily dedicated their lives, hearts, and souls to their work.
I was thrilled to see who the Honoree’s were that year. All of whom were deserving of this prestigious award. However, I was most thrilled to see my favorite actress of all time sitting in that balcony, Meryl Streep.
Meryl Streep Kennedy Center Honors
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Ms. Streep holds the record of the most acting Academy Award nominations received by any actor with 16; she has won twice (Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and Best Actress for Sophie's Choice in 1982). She also holds the record for the most Golden Globe Award nominations with 26, and the record for the most Golden Globe wins with seven. She is the most critically acclaimed actress of the modern era.
I have loved and adored Streep’s work ever since I saw her in “The Deer Hunter” and Kramer vs. Kramer”. I wanted to be just like her. I have directed community theatre and musical theatre for nearly 30 years and so many times I would use her acting influence while directing my shows. What a difference it would make.
Meryl Streep was born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Harry Streep, Jr., a pharmaceutical executive, and Mary Wilkinson, an artist and former art editor.
Meryl is the perfect example of what a true actress would endure, sacrifice and eventually earn with her talent as an actress. Graduating with a B.A. in drama from Vasser College in 1971 and then earning her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1975, Meryl would play a variety of roles onstage, from Shakespearean heroines to 90-years olds. It was apparent right from the start that this beautiful ambitious actress was destined for greatness.
Streep’s first Academy Award nomination would be in 1978 for “The Deer Hunter” and then one year later, would go on to win her first Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role as Joanna Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer.
Actors and directors are enthralled by her. "Her training and her experience have taken her to a point where she can be effortless with a lot of things other people have to work really hard at," says her Out of Africa co-star Robert Redford. Director Alan J. Pakula said, "If there's a heaven for directors, it would be to direct Meryl Streep your whole life."
Streep’s amazing talent allows her ability to draw herself into every character she so chooses to play. No matter what movies you have seen her in, that natural ability has made you cry, laugh, sing, dance, and feel every emotion of the character she plays.
My favorite movie to this day, is “Bridges of Madison County” with Clint Eastwood. No matter how many times I watch that movie, I feel her characters pain, dilemma, her joy, her commitment to her family and the ultimate sacrifice she made as a woman.
A great humanitarian, Meryl has contributed to the Prince’s Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people in the United Kingdom. Streep has also endorsed the cause Stand Up To Cancer, and supports Artists for Peace and Justice which is currently directing 100% of its donated funds to help restore Haiti.
Congratulations Ms. Streep. You are the epitome of what Hollywood is all about. You bring to the table what other actresses only hope to bring in their lifetime of acting.
You are a class act with a brilliance and sheen that no other can match and a beautiful human being who constantly finds a way to help the world be a better place.
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About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.
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