Holder of the Oscar nomination record – 21 – from which she left with the statuette for best actress three times in her career, Meryl Streep is celebrating her 74th birthday today. And here are 5 things you might not know about him.
Her name is not really Meryl
The actress was born on June 22, 1949 as Mary Louise Streep. Guest of the British program “The Graham Norton Show“, she explained to have inherited the same first name as her mother and her grandmother, and a middle name referring to the best friend of her mother. But that his father had decided otherwise.
“At birth, I had to be baptized Mary, because it is the first name of my mother, my grandmother, and so on. And Louise was my mother’s best friend. So I inherited his first name. But they always called me Meryl. My father had invented this first name and he liked it very much, ”she explained.
She wanted to become a lawyer
After graduating in 1971, Meryl Streep applied to join law school. But on the day of her interview, she didn’t hear her alarm clock, and didn’t wake up until later. She saw it as a sign that it was not her path, and ended up enrolling in drama classes at Yale University.
She forgot her first Oscar in the bathroom
In 1980, Meryl Streep won the first Oscar of her career for her performance in the film “Kramer vs. Kramer”. The actress does not fail to participate in the festivities given after the ceremony, where she will forget her statuette in the toilet, reports the American site IMDB.
She rewrote her monologue in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’
Frustrated with the script written for Joanna Kramer’s character in her monologue in court asking for custody of her son in the movie “Kramer vs. Kramer,” director Robert Benton asked Meryl Streep if she could write her dialogue. Which she agreed to do, much to Robert Benton’s relief. And the happiness of the spectators in front of this masterful performance.
She has been nominated for five Grammy Awards
Meryl Streep has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, mostly for storytelling in children’s books. She was also nominated for her contribution to the soundtrack of the film “Mamma Mia” in 2008. She is the one who sings her songs in the musical film “Into the Woods”, she who studied lyrical art from the 12 years old.
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Meryl Streep: 5 things you didn’t know about the actress turning 74