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I think Meryl Streep is the best actress in the world. I first saw her performance in The Devil Wears Prada. In that film, she portrays a wonderful woman who has a strong sense of loneliness and love. After that, I watched many movies in which she appeared. She performed wonderfully in various movies. And she is smart. Her comments in the Golden Globe 2017 presentation gave people a chance to think about our world. I think that I want to know more about her life and what she wanted to appeal to people. I want to understand her comments deeply.
Meryl was born Meryl Louise Streep on the 22nd of June, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey. She is an American of Dutch ancestry. She got a scholarship to attend Vassar University and studied drama in the graduate school of Yale University. She won a prize for her performance at the time of graduation. After she graduated from Yale University in 1975, she moved to New York, where she appeared in the repertory work of the public theater. She started her career as a stage actor. She played various roles, her performance was evaluated, and she became a world-class actress. She does thorough research beforehand to turn into a position, but as for the script, it goes around several times before reading it too much.
Meryl received an Oscar for her role in “Sophie’s Choice.” She handled English with the Polish/Russian accent, using German and Polish accent freely, and the use depending on a background and the duty of the work skillfully. This characteristic became her trademark, and in the first place this is because she was trained as an opera singer before she decided to become an actress.
2 Kramer vs Kramer
(Distributor: Columbia / Genre: Drama / Runtime: 1 hour 45 min. / Director: Robert Benton /
Writer: Robert Benton / Actor: Dustin Hoffman )
This movie is the first movie that Meryl Streep got an award. Kramer vs Kramer that American movie was opened to the public in December 19, 1979. This movie got many awards. In Academy Awards, it got the best picture and best adapted screenplay and more. In Golden Globes, it got the best drama, best scenario and more. Meryl acted as the wife who wanted to be divorced from her husband, who worked too much and did not think about his family. Meryl won the best supporting actress in six awards.
3 Sophie’s Choice
(Distributor: Universal Pictures / Genre: Drama, Romance / Runtime: 2 hours 37 min. /
Director: Alan J. Pakula / Writer: William Styron, Alan J. Pakula / Actors: Meryl Streep )
This movie was opened to the public on December 8, 1982. The book “Sophie’s Choice” won the Pulitzer Prize. Meryl played a woman called Sophie who was the survivor of Nazi concentration camps. She found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.
4 The Devil Wears Prada
(Distributor: / Genre: Comedy, Drama / Runtime: 1 hour, 49 Min.
Director: David Frankel / Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna, Lauren Weisberger / Actors: Anne Hathaway )
I like this movie, and it was the first movie that I watched in which Meryl appeared. She played Miranda Priestly, who is a chief editor of a magazine called “Runway.” Miranda has a big influence on the fashion world, and she is a tyrannical person. This movie made a hit led by a woman in the world including Japan.
5 The Iron Lady
(Distributor: The Weinstein Company / Genre: Drama / Runtime: 1 hour 45 min /
Director: Phyllida Lloyd / Writer: Abi Morgan / Actor: Meryl Streep )
Meryl Streep steps into the role of the English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in this biopic from director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!), and screenwriter Abi Morgan (Tsunami: The Aftermath). This movie portrays the British first woman prime minister, the life of Margaret Thatcher, while catching recollection from a young one-year term of the wartime to prime minister retreat of 1990. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. This movie got a high evaluation in the world, but the reaction of the British media was severe.
6 Golden Globe 2017 Speech
This day, her speech touched people and gave them time to think about the future of the world.
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Please sit down. Please sit down. Thank you. I love you all, but you’ll have to forgive me, I’ve lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend, and I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year so I have to read.
Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said, you and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press. But who are we? And, you know, what is Hollywood anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey. Viola (Davis) was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio. Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?
And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia raised in Lon–no in Ireland I do believe and she’s here nominated for playing a small town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian, and Dev Patel was born in Kenya *, raised in London and is here for playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick ‘em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.
They gave me three seconds to say this so… an actor's only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like and there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that – breathtaking compassionate work, but there was one performance this year that stunned me.
It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good. There was nothing good about it, but it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life ‘cause it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose. Okay, go up with that thing. Okay, this brings me to the press. We need the principle press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution so I only ask the famously well-healed Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists ‘cause we’re going to need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.
One more thing: Once when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something, you know, we were going to work through supper or the long hours or whatever Tommy Lee Jones said to me, ‘Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?’ Yeah it is and we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight. As my friend the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.’ Thank you Foreign Press.
I thought “the world needs people like her who can put their thinking into speeches, and she is a true actress.” I want to live in a world with no discrimination, such as the one she described in her speech.