History Creator / MerylStreep

9th May '18 6:33:17 PM PF_Fan
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* PlayingHamlet:[[invoked]] Her character Donna in ''Theatre/MammaMia'' is apparently supposed to be a good deal younger than her real age, made especially clear in the sequel when Music/{{Cher}}, only three years Streep's senior, plays Donna's ''mother''.
25th Apr '18 11:00:26 PM jormis29
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* AbilityOverAppearance:[[invoked]]She nearly got turned down for some roles because the directors felt she wasn't beautiful enough - but her performances were enough to win them over. ''Film/SophiesChoice'' (written for Ursula Andress), ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' (written for Isabella Rosselini) and ''The French Lieutenant's Woman'' (written for Helen Mirren) - in which Meryl herself felt she wasn't pretty enough.

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* AbilityOverAppearance:[[invoked]]She nearly got turned down for some roles because the directors felt she wasn't beautiful enough - but her performances were enough to win them over. ''Film/SophiesChoice'' (written for Ursula Andress), UCreator/UrsulaAndress), ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' (written for Isabella Rosselini) and ''The French Lieutenant's Woman'' (written for Helen Mirren) Creator/HelenMirren) - in which Meryl herself felt she wasn't pretty enough.
19th Apr '18 4:40:24 AM fearlessnikki
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* AscendedExtra: In ''Literature/TheGiver'' the Chief Elder is a pretty small role. But Meryl's counterpart in the film is much more prominent.



* TheCastShowOff:[[invoked]] Meryl has shown off her singing in ''Film/MammaMia'', ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'', ''Silkwood'', ''Marvin's Room'' and ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash''.



* CreatorBreakdown:[[invoked]] When filming ''that'' scene in ''Film/SophiesChoice'', she did only one take and refused to do another. As a mother, she found the scene that distressing. She never watched the scene back until years later when she was being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.



* DoingItForTheArt:[[invoked]] ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' was put on hold for seven months so Meryl could learn to play guitar for it.

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** For a scene in ''Film/OutOfAfrica'' where Karen meets and greets several servants, it was filmed as one long continuous take. As soon as the camera rolled, a beetle crawled into Meryl's jacket. She carried on with the take.


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** For the "Slipping Through My Fingers" scene in ''Film/MammaMia'', she and Amanda Seyfried had heavy metal music blasted at them to get them to laugh hysterically.


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* HollywoodOld: She was a full ten years younger than ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'' and had to have her costumes padded to match Florence's more matronly appearance.


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** She initially was going to be the title role in ''Film/SheDevil'' but found it too similar to ''A Cry In The Dark'', so she opted to play Mary instead.
18th Apr '18 2:11:28 PM thekeyofe
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* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: She's nearly 70 and still looks great.
18th Apr '18 10:18:04 AM fearlessnikki
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* BestKnownTheFanservice:[[invoked]] Seth [=McFarlane=] pointed out in his "We Saw Your Boobs" number at the Oscars that ''Silkwood'' is where Meryl herself went topless.

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* BestKnownTheFanservice:[[invoked]] BestKnownForTheFanservice:[[invoked]] Seth [=McFarlane=] pointed out in his "We Saw Your Boobs" number at the Oscars that ''Silkwood'' is where Meryl herself went topless.



* DyeingForYourArt:[[invoked]] For ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' she gained weight, feeling it was the right fit for the character.



* FanCommunityNickname: [[invoked]] The Streepers.



** She replaced {{Music/Madonna}} in ''Film/MusicOfTheHeart''.

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** She replaced {{Music/Madonna}} in ''Film/MusicOfTheHeart''. Madonna herself was chosen over Meryl in ''Evita''.
18th Apr '18 10:12:32 AM fearlessnikki
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* AbilityOverAppearance:[[invoked]]She nearly got turned down for some roles because the directors felt she wasn't beautiful enough - but her performances were enough to win them over. ''Film/SophiesChoice'' (written for Ursula Andress), ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' (written for Isabella Rosselini) and ''The French Lieutenant's Woman'' (written for Helen Mirren) - in which Meryl herself felt she wasn't pretty enough.
* ActorInspiredElement:[[invoked]]
** Her character in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' was scripted to have an affair with a younger man, but Meryl suggested a rewrite.
** She felt Joanna in ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' was written to be "too evil" and had the part rewritten accordingly.
** Miranda's line in ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' was going to be "everybody wants to be me", but she suggested "us" instead.
* AwesomeDearBoy:[[invoked]]
** She has refused to play witches in films for years, but did ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' because it was a Stephen Sondheim musical. She also joked that since the Witch became young and beautiful again, it was a little better.
** She signed on to ''Rendition'' immediately because she was rarely offered scripts for political thrillers.
** She did ''Film/SheDevil'' because she wanted to do a comedy role.
** ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' was in her words "too original to pass up".
* BeautyInversion:[[invoked]] For ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' she's done up to look like a hag in the Witch's 'before' self. Meryl joked that it took more make-up to have her look beautiful when the Witch regains her youth.
* BestKnownTheFanservice:[[invoked]] Seth [=McFarlane=] pointed out in his "We Saw Your Boobs" number at the Oscars that ''Silkwood'' is where Meryl herself went topless.
* BilingualBackfire: She auditioned for the female lead in ''Film/KingKong1976''. Dino Delaurentiis said in his son to Italian (who had recommended Meryl) "why do you bring me this ugly thing?" - not knowing Meryl herself spoke Italian. She then replied "I'm very sorry that I'm not as beautiful as I should be, but, you know - this is it. This is what you get."
* CareerResurrection:[[invoked]] Believe it or not, Meryl suffered some setbacks in the 90s. HypeBacklash set in and some of her films were poorly received by critics - she herself growing tired of endless dramatic roles. She longed to go against type, many of these roles not doing that well either. With ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'', she was back in prominence. ''Film/MammaMia'' was a significant turning point for her - marking her highest grossing film.
--> "The greatest actress in American movies has finally become a movie star."
* CelebrityResemblance: Has said that she's been mistaken for Glenn Close.
* CreatorBacklash:[[invoked]] ''The French Lieutenant's Woman'' is the performance she feels is her weakest (despite the Oscar nomination).
--> "I didn't feel I was living it."
* DeletedRole:[[invoked]] Her first film ''Julia'' had her scenes heavily cut down. She still impressed Robert De Niro enough to be cast in ''Film/TheDeerHunter''.
* DoingItForTheArt:[[invoked]] ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' was put on hold for seven months so Meryl could learn to play guitar for it.
* DyeHard:[[invoked]]Naturally brunette, but best known as a blonde these days.
* EnforcedMethodActing:[[invoked]]
** On the first day of ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' Meryl said to Anne Hathaway - "I think you're perfect for this part and I'm going to enjoy working with you" - and then to remember that, because it would be the last nice thing she said. She kept her distance from everyone, feeling she couldn't properly "chill the blood" as Miranda. Emily Blunt joked that as soon as the movie wrapped, Meryl ran across the car park shouting [[MoodWhiplash "you were so good!"]]
** She and Mamie Gummer didn't see each other during production of ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' in order to create a feeling of isolation between their characters.
* FakeNationality:[[invoked]] It's her specialty. The complete list is [[FakeBrit English]] (''Film/TheIronLady'', ''The French Lieutenant's Woman''), Danish (''Film/OutOfAfrica''), Polish (''Film/SophiesChoice''), [[FakeIrish Irish]] (''Theatre/DancingAtLughnasa''), Italian (''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty''), [[FakeAustralian Australian]] (''A Cry In The Dark'') and German (''Holocaust'').
* FatalMethodActing:[[invoked]] Two near-misses.
** ''Film/TheRiverWild'' - an exhausted Meryl was persuaded to do one more take of a raft scene. She got swept off the raft and nearly drowned.
** ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' - she tripped on her dress and fell head-first towards a concrete floor. Emily Blunt swooped in and caught her. Emily Blunt who was ''five months pregnant'' at the time.
* IronyAsSheIsCast:[[invoked]] In ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'' she plays a ferociously bad opera singer, despite demonstrating that she is quite a gifted singer in real life.
* MoneyDearBoy:[[invoked]]Admits that the miniseries ''Holocaust'' was done entirely for the money.
* OldShame:[[invoked]] When asked by a journalist to name one bad film she's done, she picked ''Still of the Night''.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: She was nicknamed 'Meryl' as a child and only named Mary because it was family tradition.
* PlayingAgainstType:[[invoked]] Played with, since she does have plenty of range. But most of her roles are serious and dramatic, and a film is automatically considered OscarBait if she's in it. The films that don't conform to that:
** ''Film/SheDevil'' - a satirical comedy where she plays a glamorous writer. It marked her first out and out comedy.
** ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' - another satirical comedy where she plays a woman looking to regain her youth and beauty.
** ''Film/MammaMia'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' are musicals, the latter of which featuring her playing a witch for the first time.
** ''Film/TheGiver'' is dystopian sci-fi.
** ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' is a dramedy where she plays an ageing rock star.
** ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' - a children's fantasy film where she plays a batty CloudCuckooLander.
** ''Film/ItsComplicated'' - a light-hearted RomanticComedy.
* RealLifeRelative:[[invoked]] Her daughter Mamie Gummer has starred alongside her in ''Evening'' (playing Meryl's younger self) and ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' (as Meryl's daughter).
* SoMyKidsCanWatch:[[invoked]]
** She appeared in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' precisely for this reason, even asking for Nancy Cartwright's autograph.
** She played Aunt Josephine in ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' because her daughter was a fan of the books.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: She laments that her last name isn't 'Street'.
* StarMakingRole:[[invoked]]Very quick out of the gate with ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' and ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' bringing her to national attention. You could argue that her Oscar win for ''Film/SophiesChoice'' really solidified Meryl as a star.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:[[invoked]]
** She replaced {{Music/Madonna}} in ''Film/MusicOfTheHeart''.
** She was in talks to star in a remake of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' in the 80s. She wasn't available, so it became a TV project with Anne Margaret as Blanche.
** The four roles she's been turned down for? ''{{Film/Elizabeth}}'' (played by Cate Blanchett), ''Film/AmericanGigolo'' (played by Lauren Hutton), ''Sweet Dreams'' (played by Jessica Lange) and ''Film/TheRemainsOfTheDay'' (played by Emma Thompson).
24th Jan '18 5:36:13 AM Aquila89
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Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949), widely acknowledged by critics and fans alike as the best actress working today, broke Oscar nomination records with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress (''Film/{{Adaptation}}''). Now with [[OscarBait twenty Oscar nominations]] and three wins to her credit, she has tackled virtually every genre in Hollywood, including romantic comedies (''Film/DefendingYourLife''), serious dramas (''Film/SophiesChoice'', ''Theater/{{Doubt}}''), action-adventure (''The River Wild''), comedies (''Film/SheDevil'', ''Film/DeathBecomesHer''), classic romances (''Film/OutOfAfrica''), and even two musicals (''Film/MammaMia'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods''). Easily identified by her trademark nose, she has also appeared in, among others, ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', ''Silkwood'', ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' (as an [[SerialEscalation elderly male rabbi]], among others), and ''Film/JulieAndJulia''. She's probably best known for starring in ''Film/SophiesChoice'', ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' and ''Film/TheDeerHunter''.

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Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949), widely acknowledged by critics and fans alike as the best actress working today, broke Oscar nomination records with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress (''Film/{{Adaptation}}''). Now with [[OscarBait twenty twenty-one Oscar nominations]] and three wins to her credit, she has tackled virtually every genre in Hollywood, including romantic comedies (''Film/DefendingYourLife''), serious dramas (''Film/SophiesChoice'', ''Theater/{{Doubt}}''), action-adventure (''The River Wild''), comedies (''Film/SheDevil'', ''Film/DeathBecomesHer''), classic romances (''Film/OutOfAfrica''), and even two musicals (''Film/MammaMia'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods''). Easily identified by her trademark nose, she has also appeared in, among others, ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', ''Silkwood'', ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' (as an [[SerialEscalation elderly male rabbi]], among others), and ''Film/JulieAndJulia''. She's probably best known for starring in ''Film/SophiesChoice'', ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' and ''Film/TheDeerHunter''.
17th Jan '18 12:43:38 AM randomguy399
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* AbilityOverAppearance: A lot of directors remarked that they nearly turned Meryl down for many roles because they felt she wasn't beautiful enough - but her performances were just so good that she was a perfect fit. Such films include ''Film/OutOfAfrica''[[note]]Written for Jane Seymour[[/note]], ''Film/SophiesChoice''[[note]]Written for Ursula Andress[[/note]] and ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'' (in which Meryl herself felt she wasn't pretty enough).
* ActorInspiredElement:
** Meryl suggested a change from Miranda Priestly's line in ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' - "everyone wants to be me" to "everyone wants to be ''us''" - finding the former too dramatic.
** Meryl also felt that Joanna in ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' was written to be "too evil" in the script. The writers agreed, and Joanna become far more sympathetic.
** Her character in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' was scripted to have an affair with a younger man, but she suggested a rewrite.
** Linda's role in ''Film/TheDeerHunter'''s screenplay was quite small, so Michael Cimino told Meryl she could write her own lines.
** For ''{{Theatre/Doubt}}'' she knitted a shawl that she then wore in the film as Sister Aloysius.
* AwesomeDearBoy:
** Meryl has it as a rule that she won't play witches in films[[note]]When she turned forty, she was offered three different witch roles[[/note]] but agreed to play one in ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' because it was a Stephen Sondheim musical.
** She provided the narration for the film ''Monet's Palate'' because she was a fan of Claude Monet's artwork.
** ''Rendition'' was also this for her. She signed on at once, since she was rarely offered scripts for political thrillers.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: ''Silkwood'' is the film where she goes topless, as Seth [=McFarlane=] highlighted in the infamous "We Saw Your Boobs" number at the Oscars.



* CareerResurrection: Believe it or not, Meryl did suffer some setbacks in the early 90s. HypeBacklash set in and she longed to go against type and do more comedies. None of them did particularly well. ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' was regarded as a return to prominence for her. Some critics also cite ''Film/MammaMia'' as a high point - since it grossed $600 million worldwide, many of them remarking "the greatest actress in American movies has finally become a movie star."
* CreatorBacklash: The one performance she wasn't happy with was ''The French Lieutenant's Woman''.
--> "I didn't feel I was living it. I just wanted to do something better after the fact."
* CutSong: She recorded a MovieBonusSong for ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' called "She'll Be Back" that was cut from the final film.
* TheDanza: Technically. Her birth name is Mary Louise, and she plays a Mary in ''Film/SheDevil''.
* DeletedRole: Her role in ''Julia'' was heavily cut down, with many scenes deleted. But she still ended up as a OneSceneWonder.
* DyeHard: Was a brunette early in her career but is better known as a blonde these days.
* EnforcedMethodActing: On the first day filming ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', she told Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/EmilyBlunt that she was so happy they would be working together - and to remember that, because it would be the last nice thing she said. Meryl kept her distance from the rest of the cast during filming, feeling that she couldn't properly "chill the blood" on camera if she was constantly around them.
* FakeNationality: She has proved quite adept at mastering numerous accents. They include English (''Film/TheIronLady'', ''The French Lieutenant's Woman'', ''Plenty''), Irish (''Theatre/DancingAtLughnasa''), Danish (''Out of Africa''), Australian (''Cry in the Dark''), Polish (''Film/SophiesChoice''), Italian (''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'') and German (the miniseries ''Holocaust'').
* FatalMethodActing: She's had two near-death experiences on set.
** She was exhausted filming a raft scene for ''Film/TheRiverWild'' when the director asked for one more take. She got swept off the raft and nearly drowned.
** ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' rehearsals for a scene had Meryl tripping on her dress and falling head-first towards a concrete floor. James Corden recalls he and Rob Marshall being frozen in fear that they were about to witness the death of Meryl Streep...when Emily Blunt swooped in and caught her. Let it also be noted that Emily was ''five months pregnant'' at this point.
* LeslieNielsenSyndrome: Downplayed. She was known exclusively for drama in her early career and didn't start doing comedy until the 90s. In the 2000s she's also employed a lot more AdamWesting in films such as ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'', ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods''. She ultimately has a mix between the two, though she does still do the occasional OscarBait movie.
* MoneyDearBoy: Admits that she took a role in the miniseries ''Holocaust'' primarily for the money.
* OldShame: When asked to name one bad film she was in, the first choice was ''Still of the Night''.
* PlayingAgainstType: While she has plenty of range to avoid typecasting, she's normally associated with serious emotional dramas, and a movie is automatically considered OscarBait if she's in it. The films she's been in that don't conform to that:
** ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' is a black comedy where she's a WhiteDwarfStarlet. When asked about going against type, she said it was "too original to pass up".
** ''Film/SheDevil'' is a satirical comedy, and marked the first time she had starred in one.
** ''Film/MammaMia'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' are {{Camp}}y musicals. The latter is also fantasy, where she plays a witch for the first time in her career.
** ''Film/{{A Series of Unfortunate Events|2004}}'' is a BlackComedy based on a children's book - where she plays a batty {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
** ''Film/TheGiver'' is a dystopian sci-fi.
** ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' is a dramedy where she plays an ageing rock star.
* RealLifeRelative: She's starred alongside her daughter Mamie Gummer in ''Evening'' and ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' (where they play mother and daughter).
* SoMyKidsCanWatch:
** Her youngest daughter was a big fan of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', and that's why she played Aunt Josephine.
** She guest starred on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' for this reason too. Nancy Cartwright recalls Meryl coming up to her and saying "my kids haven't watched many of my films, but I'm sure they'll watch this. Can I have your autograph?"
* StarMakingRole: A very quick process, with both ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' and ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' bringing her to national attention. But it was ''Film/SophiesChoice'' and the Oscar win that really solidified Meryl as a star.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** She auditioned for the role of Dwan in ''Film/KingKong1976'', but producer Dino De Laurentiis turned her down because he thought she wasn't beautiful enough. Fellow unknown Creator/JessicaLange got the part instead.
** The original author wrote ''Sophie's Choice'' with Ursula Andress in mind for the lead. Meryl however lobbied hard for the part, and [[StarMakingRole the rest is history]].
** She replaced {{Music/Madonna}} in the lead of ''Film/MusicOfTheHeart''.
** A role in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' was written for her, but it was Helen (played by Goldie Hawn) as opposed to Meryl's role of Madeleine.
16th Jan '18 7:21:54 PM costanton11
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* AbilityOverAppearance: A lot of directors remarked that they nearly turned Meryl down for many roles because they felt she wasn't beautiful enough - but her performances were just so good that she was a perfect fit. Such films include ''Film/OutOfAfrica''[[note]]Written for Jane Seymour[[/note]], ''Film/SophiesChoice''[[note]]Written for Ursula Andress[[/note]] and ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'' (in which Meryl herself felt she wasn't pretty enough).
* ActorInspiredElement:
** Meryl suggested a change from Miranda Priestly's line in ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' - "everyone wants to be me" to "everyone wants to be ''us''" - finding the former too dramatic.
** Meryl also felt that Joanna in ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' was written to be "too evil" in the script. The writers agreed, and Joanna become far more sympathetic.
** Her character in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' was scripted to have an affair with a younger man, but she suggested a rewrite.
** Linda's role in ''Film/TheDeerHunter'''s screenplay was quite small, so Michael Cimino told Meryl she could write her own lines.
** For ''{{Theatre/Doubt}}'' she knitted a shawl that she then wore in the film as Sister Aloysius.
* AwesomeDearBoy:
** Meryl has it as a rule that she won't play witches in films[[note]]When she turned forty, she was offered three different witch roles[[/note]] but agreed to play one in ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' because it was a Stephen Sondheim musical.
** She provided the narration for the film ''Monet's Palate'' because she was a fan of Claude Monet's artwork.
** ''Rendition'' was also this for her. She signed on at once, since she was rarely offered scripts for political thrillers.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: ''Silkwood'' is the film where she goes topless, as Seth [=McFarlane=] highlighted in the infamous "We Saw Your Boobs" number at the Oscars.
* TheCameo: As herself in ''Stuck On You''.
* CareerResurrection: Believe it or not, Meryl did suffer some setbacks in the early 90s. HypeBacklash set in and she longed to go against type and do more comedies. None of them did particularly well. ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' was regarded as a return to prominence for her. Some critics also cite ''Film/MammaMia'' as a high point - since it grossed $600 million worldwide, many of them remarking "the greatest actress in American movies has finally become a movie star."
* CreatorBacklash: The one performance she wasn't happy with was ''The French Lieutenant's Woman''.
--> "I didn't feel I was living it. I just wanted to do something better after the fact."
* CutSong: She recorded a MovieBonusSong for ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' called "She'll Be Back" that was cut from the final film.
* TheDanza: Technically. Her birth name is Mary Louise, and she plays a Mary in ''Film/SheDevil''.
* DeletedRole: Her role in ''Julia'' was heavily cut down, with many scenes deleted. But she still ended up as a OneSceneWonder.
* DyeHard: Was a brunette early in her career but is better known as a blonde these days.
* EnforcedMethodActing: On the first day filming ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'', she told Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/EmilyBlunt that she was so happy they would be working together - and to remember that, because it would be the last nice thing she said. Meryl kept her distance from the rest of the cast during filming, feeling that she couldn't properly "chill the blood" on camera if she was constantly around them.
* FakeNationality: She has proved quite adept at mastering numerous accents. They include English (''Film/TheIronLady'', ''The French Lieutenant's Woman'', ''Plenty''), Irish (''Theatre/DancingAtLughnasa''), Danish (''Out of Africa''), Australian (''Cry in the Dark''), Polish (''Film/SophiesChoice''), Italian (''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'') and German (the miniseries ''Holocaust'').
* FatalMethodActing: She's had two near-death experiences on set.
** She was exhausted filming a raft scene for ''Film/TheRiverWild'' when the director asked for one more take. She got swept off the raft and nearly drowned.
** ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' rehearsals for a scene had Meryl tripping on her dress and falling head-first towards a concrete floor. James Corden recalls he and Rob Marshall being frozen in fear that they were about to witness the death of Meryl Streep...when Emily Blunt swooped in and caught her. Let it also be noted that Emily was ''five months pregnant'' at this point.
* LeslieNielsenSyndrome: Downplayed. She was known exclusively for drama in her early career and didn't start doing comedy until the 90s. In the 2000s she's also employed a lot more AdamWesting in films such as ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'', ''Film/FlorenceFosterJenkins'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods''. She ultimately has a mix between the two, though she does still do the occasional OscarBait movie.
* MoneyDearBoy: Admits that she took a role in the miniseries ''Holocaust'' primarily for the money.
* OldShame: When asked to name one bad film she was in, the first choice was ''Still of the Night''.
* PlayingAgainstType: While she has plenty of range to avoid typecasting, she's normally associated with serious emotional dramas, and a movie is automatically considered OscarBait if she's in it. The films she's been in that don't conform to that:
** ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' is a black comedy where she's a WhiteDwarfStarlet. When asked about going against type, she said it was "too original to pass up".
** ''Film/SheDevil'' is a satirical comedy, and marked the first time she had starred in one.
** ''Film/MammaMia'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' are {{Camp}}y musicals. The latter is also fantasy, where she plays a witch for the first time in her career.
** ''Film/{{A Series of Unfortunate Events|2004}}'' is a BlackComedy based on a children's book - where she plays a batty {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
** ''Film/TheGiver'' is a dystopian sci-fi.
** ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' is a dramedy where she plays an ageing rock star.
* RealLifeRelative: She's starred alongside her daughter Mamie Gummer in ''Evening'' and ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' (where they play mother and daughter).
* SoMyKidsCanWatch:
** Her youngest daughter was a big fan of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', and that's why she played Aunt Josephine.
** She guest starred on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' for this reason too. Nancy Cartwright recalls Meryl coming up to her and saying "my kids haven't watched many of my films, but I'm sure they'll watch this. Can I have your autograph?"
* StarMakingRole: A very quick process, with both ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' and ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' bringing her to national attention. But it was ''Film/SophiesChoice'' and the Oscar win that really solidified Meryl as a star.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** She auditioned for the role of Dwan in ''Film/KingKong1976'', but producer Dino De Laurentiis turned her down because he thought she wasn't beautiful enough. Fellow unknown Creator/JessicaLange got the part instead.
** The original author wrote ''Sophie's Choice'' with Ursula Andress in mind for the lead. Meryl however lobbied hard for the part, and [[StarMakingRole the rest is history]].
** She replaced {{Music/Madonna}} in the lead of ''Film/MusicOfTheHeart''.
** A role in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'' was written for her, but it was Helen (played by Goldie Hawn) as opposed to Meryl's role of Madeleine.
2nd Jan '18 4:23:23 PM BattleMaster
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