15 Things You Didn’t Know About Meryl Streep
10 Things You Didn't Know About Meryl Streep
The three-time Academy Award-winner has quite a few surprises up her sleeve.
After graduating from Vassar College in 1971, Streep originally applied to law school but overslept the morning of her interview. She took this as a sign she was meant to do something else.
According to , Streep's small part in the 1977 Jane Fonda movieJuliawas bad enough to make her doubt her career. "I had a bad wig and they took the words from the scene I shot with Jane and put them in my mouth in a different scene," said Streep. "I thought, I've made a terrible mistake, no more movies. I hate this business."
Streep wasn't satisfied with her character's courtroom speech, so she wrote her own. She reportedly told writer-director Robert Benton that her character came off "too evil" and didn't convey the reality of a woman going through a divorce.
Streep won her first Academy Award for her supporting role in 1979'sKramer vs. Kramer. At some point during the night's festivities, she forgot her little gold man in the bathroom, according to IMDB.
Those parts include: Michelle Straton inAmerican Gigolo(1980), Patsy Cline inSweet Dreams(1985), Miss Kenton inThe Remains of the Day(1993), and Elizabeth I inElizabeth(1998).
Streep allegedly packed on 15 to 20 pounds for her role as middle-aged housewife Francesca Johnson in the 1995 film.
Streep practiced the violin 6 hours a day for 8 weeks leading up to her portrayal of inner-city music teacher Roberta Guaspari.
Streep was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 2008, forThe One and Only Shrekand, most recently, for Best Compilation Soundtrack for 2009'sMamma Mia!
Growing up, Streep took formal singing lessons, even studying opera at age 12. ForInto the Woods, she sang most of her songs live, even though she had also pre-recorded them.
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