Meryl Streep is perhaps the only actor who can be confident about earning an Oscar nomination even before signing on a new film. That's enough to describe the 19-time Oscar nominee.
With three Oscars (Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie's Choice and The Iron Lady), and eight Golden Globe Awards to her credit, Steep is certainly one of the greatest actors to have ever graced Hollywood. And there's something about Streep's accent that adds strength to her performances - she effortlessly picks up the accent of the character she essays.
Be it speaking with a Polish accent in Sophie's Choice or the hard-to-catch Italian-American twang in her pronunciation in The Bridges of Madison County, Steep never fails to impress her fans. As the actor turns 66 today, we take a look at some of her most memorable films and performances.
Out of Africa (1985)
Two Oscar winning actors - Meryl Streep and Robert Redford - come together in this romantic saga, directed by Syndey Pollack. Meryl brings alive the character of Karen with her sheer acting prowess.
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Director Mike Nichols brings together two Academy Award-winning female actors, Streep and Shirley MacLaine, in this film on mother-daughter relationship. Streep plays an actor, who is sent to the rehab for being a drug addict.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
What happens when a college graduate manages to get a job of a co-assistant to a feisty editor of a fashion magazine, Miranda Priestly? Director David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada is every girl's all-time favourite film. And who brought Miranda Priestly to life? Streep comes up with yet another power-packed performance. From her gait to flaunting a black ensemble to repeatedly delivering her favourite one-liner, 'That's all', Streep excels in every frame.
The actor effortlessly gets into the skin of her character, a strict principal of a parish school, who notices a strange behaviour of Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Throughout the film, Streep maintains a strict demeanour and yet again comes up with a stunning performance alongside Hoffman.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
A romantic musical, this film sees Streep in a never-seen-before avatar. She danced like a breeze and sang all through the film. And much like one of the most popular songs of the film, The Winner Takes It All, she wins our hearts too.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Streep brings to life Julia Child in this comedy, directed by Nora Ephron and yes, she does melt our hearts too with her acting. Watch out for her accent once again in this film. She proves over and again, why she remains the queen of accents.
The Iron Lady (2011)
Streep added a third Oscar to her long list of award when she stepped into the shoes of Margaret Thatcher, the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Need we say more!
August: Osage County (2013)
Two truly great actors - Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts - come together in this film, written by Tracy Letts. The film, based on Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, is directed by John Wells. Streep plays Roberts' mother in the film. Watch out for the scene at the dining table where she bursts out at Roberts. Both Streep and Roberts won Academy Award nominations for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively for the film.