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53 Reasons Why Meryl Streep Is The Best

Happy 63rd Birthday to one of the finest people on the planet.

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2. Her activism


What first drew you to environmental health issues?

Humans are very self-interested. I became interested in all these things when I was consciously feeding a baby and had a sense that everything you do is going to have an outcome further down the road. So I was very conscious to try to do the right thing and do well by our kids. Being naturally sort of slovenly, I had to sit up and pay attention, because I really think about my work most of the time. When kids came into the picture, everything I read made me think "Yes, you are right, You are right." Everything we now know about the developing brain and young children reminds us that the first things, even in utero, that you introduce into their little fragile developing systems bear an outcome later on.

3. Her demand for more female roles in Hollywood


As you can see, their problems were significant because they cost a fraction of what the big tent-pole failures cost … Let's talk about The Iron Lady. It cost $14m to make it and brought in $114m. Pure profit! So why? Why? Don't they want the money?

5. When she introduced Hillary Clinton at the Women in the World Summit

I find a lot of similarities: We’re roughly the same age, we both have two brothers — mine are annoying — we both grew up in middle-class homes with spirited, big-hearted mothers who encouraged us to do something valuable and interesting with our lives. We both went from public high schools to distinguished women’s colleges. …We both went on to graduate school at Yale, which is where the two paths diverged in the wood.

Where Hillary aimed her life and where it landed was evident very early on. While I was a cheerleader, she was the president of the student government. Where I was the lead in all three musicals, people who know her tell me she should never be encouraged to sing. Regardless, she has turned out to be the voice of her generation. I’m an actress, and she is the real deal.

This is what you get when you play a world leader. But if you want a real world leader, and you’re really, really lucky, this is what you get.


37. The heartbreaking choice she made as Sophie

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42. When she danced like a queen

46. The acceptance speech that followed

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Only Meryl sounds classy while cursing.

47. Her acceptance speech at the 2007 Golden Globes

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48. Everyone's tribute to her at the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

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Tracy Ullman introduces the 15-minute long segment, which also features a speech from Robert De Niro. Or you can skip to 8:34 for Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Kline, oh yeah, and Anne Hathaway doing the splits.

49. Her surprisingly good singing voice

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50. Also heard in A Prairie Home Companion

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53. Cam sums it up nicely

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