Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey) is a triple Academy Award winning American actress who has performed in movies, television and the theater. She is the most nominated performer in Academy Award history with 16 nominations. She is regarded as the most respected and talented actress of her generation. Streep made her professional stage debut in 1971's The Playboy of Seville and her screen debut came in 1977's made-for-television movie The Deadliest Season.
Streep made her movie debut in 1977's Julia. Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter and Kramer vs. Kramer, the former giving Streep her first Oscar nomination and the latter giving her her first win.
Streep has proved she is also a well trained singer through several stage productions, charity recordings and in certain movies, including Postcards From The Edge, Death Becomes Her, A Prairie Home Companion, and Mamma Mia! .