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Streep at the 56th San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2008

Born

Mary Louise Streep
(1949-06-22) June 22, 1949 (age 64)[1]
Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

Alma mater

Vassar College
Yale School of Drama

Occupation

Actress

Years active

1975–present

Title

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary) of Princeton University

Spouse(s)

Don Gummer (m. 1978)

Partner(s)

John Cazale
(1976–1978, his death)

Children

Henry Wolfe Gummer
Mamie Gummer
Grace Gummer
Louisa Gummer

Academy Awards

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
Academy Award for Best Actress
1982 Sophie's Choice
2011 The Iron Lady

Emmy Awards

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1978 Holocaust
2004 Angels in America

Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
2002 Adaptation.
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman
1982 Sophie's Choice
2011The Iron Lady
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2006 The Devil Wears Prada
2009 Julie & Julia
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2003 Angels in America

AFI Awards

AFI Life Achievement Award
2004

 

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Meryl Streep

 

 

Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep; June 22, 1949)[2] is an Academy Award-winning American actress of theater, television, and film. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actresses of all time.[3][4][5]

Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season (1977).). In that same year, she made her film debut with Julia (1977). Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) followed by, among others, Sophie's Choice (1982), Out of Africa (1985), Mamma Mia! (2008) and The Iron Lady (2011).

 

 

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In 2013, she appeared in the comedy drama film adaptation of Tracy Letts' play of the same name, August: Osage County, with Julia Roberts. In 2014, Streep will be seen in film adaptations of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and Lois Lowry's The Giver.

Streep has received 18 Academy Award nominations, winning three, and 28 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight, more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. Her work has also earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two BAFTA awards, two Australian Film Institute awards, five Grammy Award nominations, and a Tony Award nomination, amongst several others. She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004 and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American culture through performing arts, the youngest actor in each award's history. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2010 National Medal of Arts.

Early lifeStreep was born in Summit, New Jersey.[6] Her mother, Mary Wolf (née Wilkinson; 1915–2001), was a commercial artist and an art editor, and her father, Harry William Streep, Jr. (1910–2003), was a pharmaceutical executive.[7][8][9] She has two brothers, Dana David and Harry William III.[10] Her father was of German and Swiss-German ancestry. Her patrilineal line traces back to Loffenau, Germany, from where her second great-grandfather, Gottfried Streeb [sic], emigrated to the United States, and where one of her ancestors served as mayor. Another line of her father's family was from Giswil in the canton of Obwalden, a small town in Switzerland. Her mother had English, German, and Irish ancestry. Some of Streep's maternal ancestors lived in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and were descended from 17th century immigrants from England.[9][11] Her eighth great-grandfather, Lawrence Wilkinson, was one of the first Europeans to settle Rhode Island. Streep is also a distant relative of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and records show that her family is among the first purchasers of land in the state. One of Streep's maternal great-grandmothers, Mary Agnes McFadden, was from Clondahorky, Ireland.[11][12][13][14]

She was raised a Presbyterian,[15][16] and grew up in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where she attended Bernards High School.[17] She had many school friends who were Catholic, and regularly attended Mass because she loved its rituals.[18] She received her B.A., in Drama, from Vassar College in 1971 (where she briefly received instruction from actress Jean Arthur), but also enrolled as a visiting student at Dartmouth College a quarter before it became coeducational. She subsequently earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. While at Yale, she played a variety of roles onstage,[19] from Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream to an eighty-year-old woman in a wheelchair in a comedy written by then-unknown playwrights Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato.[20][21][22]

Career

1970s

Streep performed in several theater productions in New York and New Jersey after graduating from Yale School of Drama,[23] including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew with Raúl Juliá, and Measure for Measure opposite Sam Waterston and John Cazale. At this time she entered a relationship with Cazale, with whom she lived until his death three years later. She starred on Broadway in the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End, and won an Obie for her performance in the all-sung off-Broadway production of Alice at the Palace.

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Streep by Jack Mitchell in the late 1970s

Streep began auditioning for film roles, and later recalled an unsuccessful audition for Dino De Laurentiis for the leading female role in King Kong. De Laurentiis commented to his son in Italian, "She's ugly. Why did you bring me this thing?" and was shocked when Streep replied to the insult in fluent Italian.[24] In New York City, she appeared in the 1976 Broadway double bill of Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays. For the former, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Her other early Broadway credits include Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical Happy End in which she originally appeared off-Broadway at the Chelsea Theater Center. She received Drama Desk Award nominations for both productions.

Streep's first feature film was Julia (1977), in which she played a small but pivotal role during a flashback scene. Streep was living in New York City with Cazale, who had been diagnosed with bone cancer.[25] She was cast in The Deer Hunter (1978), and Streep was delighted to secure a small role because it allowed her to remain with Cazale for the duration of filming. She was not specifically interested in the part, commenting, "They needed a girl between the two guys and I was it."[26]

She played a leading role in the television miniseries Holocaust (1978) as a German woman married to a Jewish artist in Nazi era Germany. She later explained that she had considered the material to be "unrelentingly noble",[26] and had taken the role only because she had needed money.[27] Streep travelled to Germany and Austria for filming while Cazale remained in New York. Upon her return, Streep found that Cazale's illness had progressed, and she nursed him until his death on March 12, 1978. She spoke of her grief and her hope that work would provide a diversion; she accepted a role in The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) with Alan Alda, later commenting that she played it on "automatic pilot",[26] and performed the role of Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park.[28] With an estimated audience of 109 million, Holocaust brought a degree of public recognition to Streep, who was described in August 1978 as "on the verge of national visibility".[27] She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie[29] for her performance.

The Deer Hunter (1978) was released a month later, and Streep was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

Streep played a supporting role in Manhattan (1979) for Woody Allen, later stating that she had not seen a complete script and was given only the six pages of her own scenes,[30] and that she had not been permitted to improvise a word of her dialogue.[31] Asked to comment on the script for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), in a meeting with the producer Stan Jaffee, director Robert Benton and star Dustin Hoffman, Streep insisted that the female character was not representative of many real women who faced marriage breakdown and child custody battles, and was written as "too evil".[26] Jaffee, Benton and Hoffman agreed with Streep, and the script was revised.[26] In preparing for the part, Streep spoke to her own mother about her life as a mother and housewife with a career,[32] and frequented the Upper East Side neighborhood in which the film was set.[26] Benton allowed Streep to write her dialogue in two of her key scenes, despite some objection from Hoffman.[33] Jaffee and Hoffman later spoke of Streep's tirelessness, with Hoffman commenting, "She's extraordinarily hardworking, to the extent that she's obsessive. I think that she thinks about nothing else but what she's doing."[34]

Streep drew critical acclaim for her performance in each of her three films released in 1979: the romantic comedy Manhattan, the political drama The Seduction of Joe Tynan and the family drama, Kramer vs. Kramer.[23] She was awarded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her collective work in the three films. Among the awards won for Kramer vs. Kramer were the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.[23]

1980s

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Streep at the 61st Academy Awards, 1989

After prominent supporting roles in two of the 1970s' most successful films, the consecutive winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture, The Deer Hunter and Kramer vs. Kramer, and praise for her versatility in several supporting roles, Streep progressed to leading roles. Her first was The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). A story within a story drama, the film paired Streep with Jeremy Irons as contemporary actors, telling their modern story as well as the Victorian era drama they were performing. A New York Magazine article commented that, while many female stars of the past had cultivated a singular identity in their films, Streep was a "chameleon", willing to play any type of role.[35] Streep was awarded a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work.

Her next film, the psychological thriller, Still of the Night (1982) reunited her with Robert Benton, the director of Kramer vs. Kramer, and co-starred Roy Scheider and Jessica Tandy. Vincent Canby, writing for The New York Times, noted that the film was an homage to the works of Alfred Hitchcock, but that one of its main weaknesses was a lack of chemistry between Streep and Scheider, concluding that Streep "is stunning, but she's not on screen anywhere near long enough".[36]

As the Polish holocaust survivor in Sophie's Choice (1982), Streep's emotional dramatic performance and her apparent mastery of a Polish accent drew praise.[23] William Styron wrote the novel with Ursula Andress in mind for the part of Sophie, but Streep was very determined to get the role. After she obtained a pirated copy of the script, she went to Alan J. Pakula and threw herself on the ground begging him to give her the part.."[citation needed] Streep filmed the "choice" scene in one take and refused to do it again, as she found shooting the scene extremely painful and emotionally exhausting.[37] Among several notable acting awards, Streep won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Roger Ebert said of her performance, "Streep plays the Brooklyn scenes with an enchanting Polish-American accent (she has the first accent I've ever wanted to hug), and she plays the flashbacks in subtitled German and Polish. There is hardly an emotion that Streep doesn't touch in this movie, and yet we're never aware of her straining. This is one of the most astonishing and yet one of the most unaffected and natural performances I can imagine."[citation needed]

She followed this success with a biographical film, Silkwood (1983), in which she played her first real-life character, the union activist Karen Silkwood. She discussed her preparation for the role in an interview with Roger Ebert and said that she had met with people close to Silkwood to learn more about her, and in doing so realized that each person saw a different aspect of Silkwood.[38] Streep concentrated on the events of Silkwood's life and concluded, "I didn't try to turn myself into Karen. I just tried to look at what she did. I put together every piece of information I could find about her... What I finally did was look at the events in her life, and try to understand her from the inside."[38]

Her next films were a romantic drama, Falling in Love (1984) opposite Robert De Niro, and a British drama, Plenty (1985). Roger Ebert said of Streep's performance in Plenty that she conveyed "great subtlety; it is hard to play an unbalanced, neurotic, self-destructive woman, and do it with such gentleness and charm... Streep creates a whole character around a woman who could have simply been a catalogue of symptoms."[39]

Out of Africa (1985) starred Streep as the Danish writer Karen Blixen and co-starred Robert Redford. A significant critical success, the film received a 63% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[40] Streep co-starred with Jack Nicholson in her next two films, the dramas Heartburn (1986) and Ironweed (1987), in which she sang onscreen for the first time since the television movie, Secret Service, in 1977. In A Cry in the Dark, aka Evil Angels (1988), she played the biographical role of Lindy Chamberlain, an Australian woman who had been convicted of the murder of her infant daughter despite Chamberlain claiming the baby had been taken by a dingo (a claim that was later vindicated). Filmed in Australia, Streep won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and was nominated for several other awards for her portrayal of Chamberlain.

In She-Devil (1989), Streep played her first comedic film role, opposite Roseanne Barr. Richard Corliss, writing for Time, commented that Streep was the "one reason" to see the film and observed that it marked a departure from the type of role for which she had been known, saying, "Surprise! Inside the Greer Garson roles Streep usually plays, a vixenish Carole Lombard is screaming to be cut loose."[41]

1990s

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Meryl Streep at the 32nd Grammy Awards in 1990.

In the 1990s, Streep continued to choose a great variety of roles. From 1984 to 1990, she won six People's Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actress, and in 1990 was named World Favorite. Biographer Karen Hollinger described this period as a downturn in the popularity of Streep's films, attributing this partly to a critical perception that her comedies had been an attempt to convey a lighter image following several serious but commercially unsuccessful dramas, and more significantly to the lack of options available to an actress in her forties.[42] Streep commented that she had limited her options by her preference to work in Los Angeles, close to her family,[42] a situation that she had anticipated in a 1981 interview when she commented, "By the time an actress hits her mid-forties, no one's interested in her anymore. And if you want to fit a couple of babies into that schedule as well, you've got to pick your parts with great care."[35]

Streep played a drug-addicted movie actress in Postcards from the Edge, a screen adaptation of Carrie Fisher's novel of the same name, with Dennis Quaid and Shirley MacLaine. Streep and Goldie Hawn had established a friendship and were interested in making a film together. After considering various projects, they decided upon Thelma and Louise, until Streep's pregnancy coincided with the filming schedule, and the producers decided to proceed with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.[24] They subsequently filmed the farcical black comedy, Death Becomes Her, with Bruce Willis as their co-star. Time's Richard Corliss wrote approvingly of Streep's "wicked-witch routine" but dismissed the film as "She-Devil with a make-over".[43]

In 1995, Streep played opposite Clint Eastwood in the love story The Bridges of Madison County (1995).

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Based on a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller,[44] it relates the story of Robert Kincaid (Eastwood), a photographer working for National Geographic, who has a love affair with a middle-aged Italian farm wife in Iowa named Francesca (Streep). Streep and Eastwood got along famously during production and such was their on-screen chemistry that a number of people believed that the two were having an affair off-camera, although this was denied by both.[45] The film was a hit at the box office and grossed $70 million in the United States.[46] The film, unlike the novel, surprised film critics and was warmly received. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that Clint had managed to create "a moving, elegiac love story at the heart of Mr. Waller's self-congratulatory overkill", while Joe Morgenstern of the The Wall Street Journal described The Bridges of Madison County as "one of the most pleasurable films in recent memory".[46]

In 1996, Streep starred as Lee in Marvin's Room, an adaptation of the play by Scott McPherson. Diane Keaton played her estranged sister Bessie, a woman battling leukemia, although Streep had initially been considered for the role. The film also starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio as Streep's rebellious son. Roger Ebert stated that "Streep and Keaton, in their different styles, find ways to make Lee and Bessie into much more than the expression of their problems."[47] Although critically acclaimed, the film was not released on a wide scale. Streep, however, earned another Golden Globe nomination for the film.[48]

In 1999, Streep portrayed Roberta Guaspari, a real-life New Yorker who found passion and enlightenment teaching violin to inner-city kids in East Harlem, in the music drama Music of the Heart. A departure from director Wes Craven’s previous work on films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream series, Streep replaced singer Madonna who left the project before filming began due to creative differences with Craven. Required to perform on the violin, Streep went through two months of intense training, four to six hours a day.[49]

2000s

Main article: Meryl Streep in the 2000s

Streep entered the 2000s with Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a science fiction film about a childlike android, played by Haley Joel Osment, uniquely programmed with the ability to love, voicing the Blue Fairy.[50] The same year, Streep co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert concert with Liam Neeson which was held in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2001 in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the United Nations and Kofi Annan.[51]

In 2002, Streep returned to the stage for the first time in more than twenty years, playing Arkadina in The Public Theater's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.[52] The same year, she began work on Spike Jonze's comedy-drama Adaptation (2002), in which she portrayed real-life journalist Susan Orlean. Lauded by critics and viewers alike,[53] the film won Streep her fourth Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actress category.[48] Also in 2002, Streep appeared alongside Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in Stephen Daldry's The Hours, based on the 1999 novel by Michael Cunningham. Focusing on three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, the film was generally well received and won all three leading actresses a Silver Bear for Best Actress the following year.[48]

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Streep in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2004.

The following year, Streep had a cameo as herself in the Farrelly brothers comedy Stuck on You (2003) and reunited with Mike Nichols to star with Al Pacino and Emma Thompson in the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's six-hour play Angels in America, the story of two couples whose relationships dissolve amidst the backdrop of Reagan Era politics. Streep, who was cast in four roles in the mini-series, received her second Emmy Award and fifth Golden Globe for her performance.[48] In 2004, Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award by the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute.[48] She appeared in Jonathan Demme's moderately successful remake of The Manchurian Candidate,[54] co-starring Denzel Washington, playing the role of a woman who is both a U.S. senator and the manipulative, ruthless mother of a vice-presidential candidate.[55] The same year, she played the supporting role of Aunt Josephine in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events alongside Jim Carrey, based on the first three novels in Snicket's book series. The black comedy received generally favorable reviews from critics,[56] and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.[57] Inspired by her love of Giverny, France and Claude Monet Streep did the narration for the film Monet's Palate, with Alice Waters, Steve Wynn, Daniel Boulud and Helen Rappel Bordman.[58][59]

Streep was next cast in the 2005 comedy Prime, directed by Ben Younger. In the film, she played Lisa Metzger, the Jewish psychoanalyst of a divorced and lonesome business-woman, played by Uma Thurman, who enters a relationship with Metzger's 23-year-old son (Bryan Greenberg). A modest mainstream success, it eventually grossed US$67.9 million internationally.[60] In August and September 2006, she starred onstage at The Public Theater's production of Mother Courage and Her Children at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.[61] The Public Theater production was a new translation by playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America), with songs in the Weill/Brecht style written by composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change); veteran director George C. Wolfe was at the helm. Streep starred alongside Kevin Kline and Austin Pendleton in this three-and-a-half-hour play in which she sang and appeared in almost every scene.

Also in 2006, Streep, along with Lily Tomlin, portrayed the last two members of what was once a popular family country music act in Robert Altman's final film A Prairie Home Companion. A comedic ensemble piece featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline and Woody Harrelson, the film revolves around the behind-the-scenes activities at the long-running public radio show of the same name. The film grossed over US$26 million, the majority of which came from domestic markets.[62] Commercially, Streep fared better with a role in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), a loose screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. Streep portrayed the powerful and demanding Miranda Priestly, fashion magazine editor (and boss of a recent college graduate played by Anne Hathaway), and her performance drew rave reviews from critics and earned her many award nominations, including her record-setting 14th Oscar bid, as well as another Golden Globe. Upon its commercial release, the film became Streep's biggest commercial success yet, grossing more than US$326.5 million worldwide.[63]

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Streep with her fellow cast and all four members of ABBA at the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia! in July 2008.

In 2007, Streep was cast in four films. She portrayed a wealthy university patron in Chen Shi-zheng's much-delayed feature drama Dark Matter (2007), a film about a Chinese science graduate student who becomes violent after dealing with academic politics at a U.S. university. Inspired by the events of the 1991 University of Iowa shooting,[64] and initially scheduled for a 2007 release, producers and investors decided to shelve Dark Matter out of respect for the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007.[65] The drama received negative to mixed reviews upon its limited 2008 release.[66] Streep played a U.S. government official who investigates an Egyptian foreign national suspected of terrorism in the political thriller Rendition (2007), directed by Gavin Hood.[67] Keen to get involved in a thriller film, Streep welcomed the opportunity to star in a film genre for which she was not usually offered scripts and immediately signed on to the project.[68] Upon its release, Rendition was less commercially successful,[69] and received mixed reviews.[70]

Also in 2007, Streep had a short role alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close and her eldest daughter Mamie Gummer in Lajos Koltai's drama film Evening, based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Susan Minot. Switching between the present and the past, it tells the story of a bedridden woman, who remembers her tumultuous life in the mid-1950s.[71] The film was released to lukewarm reactions by critics, who called it "beautifully filmed, but decidedly dull [and] a colossal waste of a talented cast."[72][73] Streep's last film of 2007 was Robert Redfords Lions for Lambs, a film about the connection between a platoon of United States soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. senator, a reporter, and a California college professor.

In 2008, Streep found major commercial success when she starred in Phyllida Lloyd's Mamma Mia!, a film adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA. Co-starring Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Colin Firth, Streep played a single mother and a former girl-group singer, whose daughter (Seyfried), a bride-to-be who never met her father, invites three likely paternal candidates to her wedding on an idyllic Greek island.[74] An instant box office success, Mamma Mia! became Streep's highest-grossing film to date, with box office receipts of US$602.6 million,[75] also ranking it first among the highest-grossing musical films of all-time.[76] Nominated for another Golden Globe, Streep's performance was generally well received by critics, with Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe commenting "the greatest actor in American movies has finally become a movie star."[77]

Streep's other film of 2008 was Doubt featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis. A drama revolving around the stern principal nun (Streep) of a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 who brings charges of pedophilia against a popular priest (Hoffman), the film became a moderate box office success,[78] but was hailed by many critics as one of the best of 2008.[79] The film received five Academy Awards nominations, for its four lead actors and for Shanley's script.[48]

In 2009, Streep played chef Julia Child in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia, co-starring Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci. The first major motion picture based on a blog, it contrasts the life of Child in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell (Adams), who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days, a challenge she described on her popular blog, The Julie/Julia Project, that would make her a published author. The same year, Streep also starred in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy It's Complicated, with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. She also received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for both of these films and won the award for the former.[80] Streep later received her 16th Oscar nomination for Julie & Julia.[81] She also lent her voice to Mrs. Felicity Fox in the stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

2010s

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Streep at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in January 2012.

Streep's first film of the 2010s was Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady (2011), a British biographical film about Margaret Thatcher, which takes a look at the Prime Minister during the Falklands War and her years in retirement.[82] Streep, who sat through a session at the House of Commons to observe British MPs in action in preparation for her role,[83] called her cast "a daunting and exciting challenge."[84] While the film had a mixed reception, Streep's performance got rave reviews, earning her Best Actress awards at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs as well as her third win at the 84th Academy Awards.[85][86][87] In 2012, Streep reunited with Prada director David Frankel on the set of the comedy-drama film Hope Springs, co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. In it, Streep and Jones play a middle-aged couple, who attend a week of intensive marriage counseling to try to bring back the intimacy missing in their relationship.[88] Reviews for the film were mostly positive, with critics praising the "mesmerizing performances from Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones" which offer "filmgoers some grown-up laughs -- and a thoughtful look at mature relationships". She earned her 27th Golden Globe nomination for her role, breaking her own record.[89]

In 2013, Streep starred along with supporting actress Julia Roberts in the film August: Osage County, which was filmed on-site in Oklahoma. The film is based on Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name and was directed by John Wells. Streep received Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award nominations for her role in this film.[90][91][92] In September 2012, it was reported that Streep along with Hilary Swank will join the production of The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones' sophomore directorial effort.[93] In January 2013, numerous reports surfaced that Streep was cast as The Witch in a film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods.[94][95][96] Also in 2013, Streep joined the motion picture adaptation of The Giver with Jeff Bridges and The Good House along with Robert De Niro.[97][98]

Accents and dialects

Streep is well known for her ability to imitate a wide range of accents,[23] from Danish in Out of Africa (1985) to English Received pronunciation in Plenty (also 1985), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) and The Iron Lady (2011); from Italian in The Bridges of Madison County (1995) to a Minnesota accent in A Prairie Home Companion (2006) and from Irish-American in Ironweed to a heavy Bronx accent in Doubt. After A Cry in the Dark (1988), critics were impressed with Streep's ability to master an Australian accent with shades of New Zealand English.[99] For her role in the film Sophie's Choice (1982), she spoke both English and German with a Polish accent, as well as Polish itself. In The Iron Lady, she reproduced the vocal style of Margaret Thatcher from the time before she became Britain's Prime Minister, and after she had taken elocution lessons to change her pitch, pronunciation and delivery.

Despite the accolades accorded to her, Streep has emphasized that adopting accents is an element she simply considers an obvious part of creating a character. When asked whether accents helped her get into character, she responded, "I'm always baffled by this question... How could I play that part and talk like me?" When questioned in Belfast as to how she reproduces different accents, Streep replied, "I listen" - in a dead-on Ulster accent.[100]

Music

After Streep appeared in Mamma Mia!, her rendition of the song "Mamma Mia" rose to popularity in the Portuguese music charts, where it peaked at #8 in October 2008.[101]

At the 35th People's Choice Awards, her version of Mamma Mia won an award for "Favorite Song From A Soundtrack".[102] In 2008, Streep was nominated for a Grammy Award (her fifth nomination) for her work on the Mamma Mia! soundtrack.

Personal life

Streep lived with actor John Cazale for three years until his death in March 1978.[103][104] Streep married sculptor Don Gummer on September 30, 1978.[105] They have four children: Henry Wolfe Gummer (b. 1979), Mamie Gummer (b. 1983), Grace Gummer (b. 1986), and Louisa Jacobson Gummer (b. 1991). Both Mamie and Grace are actresses, while Henry is a musician.[7][106]

When asked if religion plays a part in her life, in an interview in 2009, Streep replied, "I follow no doctrine. I don't belong to a church or a temple or a synagogue or an ashram."[107] She also said "I've always been really, deeply interested in faith, because I think I can understand the solace that's available in the whole construct of religion." Streep does not rule out the possibility that God exists; “I do have a sense of trying to make things better. Where does that come from?”[108]

Controversies

Streep and her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "Iron Lady" were criticized by former advisers, friends and family of Thatcher as inaccurate and biased.[109] The following year, after Thatcher's death, Streep issued a formal statement criticizing Thatcher's "hard-nosed fiscal measures" and "hands-off approach to financial regulation," while praising her "personal strength and grit."[110]

At the National Board of Review Awards in 2013, Streep made derogatory comments about Walt Disney (d. 1966), labeling him as "anti-semitic" and a "gender bigot."[111] Former actors, employees and animators who knew Disney during his lifetime rebuffed the comments as misinformed and selective.[112] The Walt Disney Family Museum issued a statement rebuking Streep's allegations indirectly, citing, among others, Disney's contributions to Jewish charities and his published letters stating that women "have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men."[113]

Philanthropy

Streep is the spokesperson for the National Women's History Museum, to which she has donated a significant amount of money (including her fee for The Iron Lady) and hosted numerous events.[114]

On October 4, 2012, Streep donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron.[115] She also supports Gucci's "Chime For Change" campaign that aims to spread female empowerment.[116]

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Meryl Streep

Filmography

Main article: Meryl Streep filmography

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Jones at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

Born

(1946-09-15) September 15, 1946 (age 67)[1]
San Saba, Texas, U.S.

Residence

Terrell Hills, Texas

Alma mater

Harvard University

Occupation

Actor, director

Years active

1970–present

Spouse(s)

Katherine "Kate" Lardner (1971–1978)
Kimberlea Cloughley (1981–1996)
Dawn Laurel (2001–present)

Children

2

Awards

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (1994), Golden Globe Award (1994), Emmy Award (1983)

Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and film director. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.

His other notable starring roles include former Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in the award-winning TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, Agent K in the Men in Black film series, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, the villain Two-Face in Batman Forever, terrorist William Strannix in Under Siege, a Texas Ranger in Man of the House, rancher Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which also served as his directorial debut, and Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger.

 

 

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Jones has also portrayed real-life figures such as businessman Howard Hughes, Radical Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, executed murderer Gary Gilmore, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, Oliver Lynn, husband of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, and baseball great Ty Cobb.

Early life[

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Jones as a junior in high school, 1964

Jones was born in San Saba, Texas.[2] His mother, Lucille Marie (née Scott), was a police officer, school teacher, and beauty shop owner, and his father, Clyde C. Jones, was an oil field worker.[1] The two were married and divorced twice. Jones has stated that his grandmother was of Cherokee ancestry.[3] He was raised in Midland, Texas[4] and attended Robert E. Lee High School.

Jones graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas,[5] which he attended on scholarship; he now serves on the board of directors. He attended Harvard College on a need-based scholarship. He stayed in Mower B-12 as a freshman[citation needed], across the hall from future Vice President Al Gore, the son of Senator Albert Gore, Sr. of Tennessee. As an upperclassman, he stayed in Dunster House[citation needed] with roommates Gore and Bob Somerby, who later became editor of the media criticism site the Daily Howler. Jones played offensive guard[6] on Harvard's undefeated 1968 varsity football team, was nominated as a first-team All-Ivy League selection, and played in the 1968 Game, which featured a memorable and literally last-minute Harvard 16-point comeback to tie Yale. He recounts his memory of "the most famous football game in Ivy League history" in the documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29. Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1969; his senior thesis was on "the mechanics of Catholicism" in the works of Flannery O'Connor.[7][8]

Career

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Tommy Lee Jones, August 2006

Jones moved to New York to become an actor, making his Broadway debut in 1969's A Patriot for Me in a number of supporting roles. In 1970 he landed his first film role, coincidentally playing a Harvard student in Love Story (Erich Segal, the author of Love Story, said that he based the lead character of Oliver on the two undergraduate roommates he knew while attending Harvard, Jones and Gore).[9]

In early 1971, he returned to Broadway in Abe Burrows' Four on a Garden where he shared the stage with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar. Between 1971 and 1975 he portrayed Dr. Mark Toland on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. He returned to the stage for a 1974 production of Ulysses in Nighttown with Zero Mostel. It was followed by the acclaimed TV movie The Amazing Howard Hughes, where he played the lead role.

In films, he played an escaped convict hunted in Jackson County Jail (1976), a Vietnam veteran in Rolling Thunder (1977) and an automobile mogul, co-starring with Laurence Olivier, in the Harold Robbins drama The Betsy.

In 1980, Jones earned his first Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of country singer Loretta Lynn's husband, Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn, in the popular Coal Miner's Daughter. In 1981 he played a drifter opposite Sally Field in Back Roads, a comedy that received middling reviews.[10]

In 1983, he received an Emmy[11] for Best Actor for his performance as murderer Gary Gilmore in a TV adaptation of Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song. That same year he starred in a pirate adventure, Nate and Hayes, playing the heavily-bearded pirate Captain Bully Hayes.

In 1989, he earned another Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Texas Ranger lawman Woodrow F. Call in the acclaimed television mini-series Lonesome Dove, based on the best-seller by Larry McMurtry.

In the 1990s, blockbuster hits such as The Fugitive co-starring Harrison Ford, Batman Forever co-starring Val Kilmer, and Men in Black with Will Smith made Jones one of the best-paid and most in-demand actors in Hollywood. His performance in The Fugitive received broad acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a sequel. When he accepted his Oscar, his head was shaved for his role in the film Cobb, which he made light of in his speech: "The only thing a man can say at a time like this is 'I am not really bald'. Actually I'm lucky to be working".

Among his other well-known performances during the 1990s were those of the accused conspirator Clay Shaw/Clay Bertrand in the 1991 film JFK (which earned him another Oscar nomination), as a terrorist who hijacks a U.S. Navy battleship in Under Siege and as a maximum-security prison warden who's in way over his head in Natural Born Killers.

Jones co-starred with director Clint Eastwood as astronauts in the 2000 film Space Cowboys, in which both played retired pilots and friends/rivals leading a space rescue mission together.

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Jones at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival

In 2005, the first theatrical feature film Jones directed, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, was presented at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Jones's character speaks both English and Spanish in the film. His performance won him the Best Actor Award. His first film as a director had been The Good Old Boys in 1995, a made-for-television movie.

Two strong performances in 2007 marked a resurgence in Jones's career, one as a beleaguered father investigating the disappearance of his soldier son in In the Valley of Elah, the other as a Texas sheriff hunting an assassin in the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men. For the former, he was nominated for an Academy Award.

Jones has been a spokesperson for Japanese brewing company Suntory since 2006. He can be seen in various Japanese TV commercials of Suntory's Coffee brand Boss as a character called "Alien Jones," an extraterrestrial who takes the form of a human being to check on the world of humans. There are 34 such commercials, many of which can be seen on YouTube.[12]

In 2010, Jones appeared alongside Ben Affleck in the recession drama The Company Men. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where early reviews praised Jones's performance as "pitch-perfect."[13] Jones had a role in the Marvel Studios film, Captain America: The First Avenger.[14] He also directed, produced and co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in an adaptation of The Sunset Limited.

2012 saw yet another turning point in Jones's career, starting in a reprisal of his role as Agent K in Men in Black 3, the romantic dramedy Hope Springs, and co-starring as Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Jones's performance in Lincoln received wide critical acclaim, with many reviewers claiming that he stole the film from star Daniel Day-Lewis. For this performance, Jones received his fourth Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor.

Personal life

At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, he presented the nominating speech for his college roommate, Al Gore, as the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States.

Jones was married to Kate Lardner, the daughter of screenwriter and journalist Ring Lardner Jr., from 1971 to 1978. He has two children from his second marriage to Kimberlea Cloughley, the daughter of Phil Hardberger, former mayor of San Antonio: Austin Leonard (born 1982) and Victoria Kafka (born 1991). On March 19, 2001, he married his third wife, Dawn Laurel.

Jones resides in Terrell Hills, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio, and speaks fluent Spanish.[15] He owns a 3000 acre cattle ranch in San Saba County, Texas[16] and a ranch near Van Horn, Texas, which served as the set for his film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. He also owns a home and farm in polo mecca Wellington, Florida. Jones is a serious polo player and he has a house in a polo country club in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a supporter of the Polo Training Foundation.[17] He is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan; he is often seen courtside at Spurs games.

In 2008, Jones signed on with Chesapeake Energy to be a spokesperson for a public relations campaign to promote shale gas (natural gas derived from shale rock through hydraulic fracturing or "fracking") in Texas.

Filmography

Film and television credits

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1970

Love Story

Hank Simpson

 

1971–77

One Life to Live

Dr. Mark Toland

Main character

1973

Life Study

Gus

 

1975

Eliza's Horoscope

Tommy Lee

 

1975

Barnaby Jones

Dr. Jim Melford

Episode: "Fatal Witness"

1976

Baretta

Sharky

Episode: "Dead Man Out"

1976

Charlie's Angels

Aram Kolegian

Premiere episode

1976

Smash-Up on Interstate 5

Officer Hutton

TV film

1976

Jackson County Jail

Coley Blake

 

1976

Family

David Needham

Episode: "Coming of Age"

1977

The Amazing Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes

 

1977

Rolling Thunder

Corporal Johnny Vohden

 

1978

The Betsy

Angelo Perino

 

1978

Eyes of Laura Mars

John Neville

 

1980

Coal Miner's Daughter

Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn aka "Doo"

 

1980

Barn Burning

Ab Snopes

Short film

1981

Back Roads

Elmore Pratt

 

1982

The Executioner's Song

Gary Mark Gilmore

 

1982

The Rainmaker

Starbuck

TV film

1983

Nate and Hayes

Captain Bully Hayes

 

1984

The River Rat

Billy

 

1985

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Brick Pollitt

TV film

1985

The Park is Mine

Mitch

TV film

1986

Black Moon Rising

Quint

 

1986

Yuri Nosenko: Double Agent

Steve Daley

TV film

1987

Broken Vows

Pater Joseph McMahon

TV film

1987

The Big Town

George Cole

 

1988

Stranger on My Land

Bud Whitman

TV film

1988

April Morning

Moses Cooper

TV film

1988

Stormy Monday

Cosmo

 

1988

Gotham

Eddie Mallard

 

1989

Lonesome Dove

Woodrow F. Call

 

1989

The Package

Thomas Boyette

 

1990

Fire Birds

Brad Little

 

1991

JFK

Clay Shaw/Clay Bertrand

 

1992

Under Siege

William Strannix

 

1992

House of Cards

Jake Beerlander

 

1993

The Fugitive

Marshal Samuel Gerard

 

1993

Heaven & Earth

Steve Butler

 

1994

Blown Away

Ryan Gaerity

 

1994

The Client

'Reverend' Roy Foltrigg

 

1994

Natural Born Killers

Warden Dwight McClusky

 

1994

Blue Sky

Maj. Henry 'Hank' Marshall

 

1994

Cobb

Ty Cobb

 

1995

The Good Old Boys

Hewey Calloway

Also director

1995

Batman Forever

Harvey Dent/Two-Face

 

1997

Volcano

Mike Roark

 

1997

Men in Black

Kevin Brown/Agent K

 

1998

U.S. Marshals

Chief Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard

 

1998

Small Soldiers

Chip Hazard

Voice

1999

Double Jeopardy

Travis Lehman

 

2000

Rules of Engagement

Col. Hayes 'Hodge' Hodges

 

2000

Space Cowboys

William "Hawk" Hawkins

 

2002

Men in Black II

Kevin Brown/Agent K

 

2003

The Hunted

L.T. Bonham

 

2003

The Missing

Samuel Jones / Chaa-duu-ba-its-iidan

 

2005

Man of the House

Roland Sharp

 

2005

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Pete Perkins

Also director

2006

A Prairie Home Companion

Axeman

 

2007

No Country for Old Men

Ed Tom Bell

 

2007

In the Valley of Elah

Hank Deerfield

 

2009

In the Electric Mist

Dave Robicheaux

 

2010

The Company Men

Gene McClary

 

2011

The Sunset Limited

White

Also director and executive producer

2011

Captain America: The First Avenger

Colonel Chester Phillips

 

2012

Men in Black 3

Kevin Brown/Agent K

 

2012

Hope Springs

Arnold Soames

 

2012

Lincoln

Thaddeus Stevens

 

2013

Emperor

General Douglas MacArthur

 

2013

The Family[18]

Robert Stansfield

 

2014

The Homesman

George Briggs

Also director; in post-production

Awards and nominations

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

The Executioner's Song (1982)

Lonesome Dove (1989)

JFK (1991)

The Fugitive (1993)

Blown Away (1994)

The Good Old Boys (1995)

Batman Forever (1995)

Men in Black (1997)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

No Country for Old Men (2007)

In the Valley of Elah (2007)

The Company Men (2010)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Lincoln (2012)

References

    1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Tommy Lee Jones Biography (1946–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
    2. Jump up ^ Weinraub, Bernard (August 1, 1993). "FILM; Tommy Lee Jones Snarls His Way to the Pinnacle". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
    3. Jump up ^ Eric O'Keefe, Photography by Dawn Jones (September 2000). "WD Ranch: Riding Herd with Tommy Lee Jones". Cowboys & Indians. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
    4. Jump up ^ Waycross Journal-Herald, November 6, 1982, page 4, Google News
    5. Jump up ^ Hollandsworth, Skip (2006-02-01). "Tommy Lee Jones Is Not Acting". Texas Monthly. , online at Byliner.com. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
    6. Jump up ^ Charles McGrath (2008-11-20). "Harvard Beats Yale 29–29". Yale Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
    7. Jump up ^ Scott, A. O. (February 7, 2005). "Big Questions, Smart Women, Mann’s Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
    8. Jump up ^ Laporte, Nicole (2011-02-06). "True Gruff". The Daily Beast. Newsweek. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
    9. Jump up ^ Fox, Margalit (January 20, 2010). "Erich Segal, ‘Love Story' Author, Dies at 72". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
    10. Jump up ^ "Back Roads". Business Date for Back Roads. imdb.com/. Retrieved March 12, 2006. 
    11. Jump up ^ "Tommy Lee Jones Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
    12. Jump up ^ "いいなCM サントリー BOSS 宇宙人ジョーンズシリーズ (Suntory Boss - Space Alien Jones Series)". Retrieved Sep 21, 2013. 
    13. Jump up ^ Review: The Company Men – Sundance Film Festival – Film.com
    14. Jump up ^ "Tommy Lee Jones Officially Comes Aboard Captain America: The First Avenger". MovieWeb.com. 
    15. Jump up ^ "BBC – Movies – interview – Tommy Lee Jones". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
    16. Jump up ^ Published on Thursday 1 August 2002 01:00 (2002-08-01). "Why lee jones loves black comedy - News". Scotsman.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
    17. Jump up ^ Palm Beach Today Magazine: Polo Training Foundation
    18. Jump up ^ Toronto 2012: Paul Andrew Williams’ 'Song for Marion' to Close 37th Edition

Further reading

  • Grunert, Andrea, "Les bons et les méchants selon Tommy Lee Jones", in: Francis Bordat et Serge Chauvin (eds.) Les bons et les méchants Université Paris X, 2005, p. 339–352, ISBN 2-907335-30-8

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Leo at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Born

Melissa Chessington Leo
(1960-09-14) September 14, 1960 (age 53)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Occupation

Actress

Years active

1984–present

Children

2

Website

www.melissaleo.com

Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the late 1980s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show's first five seasons from 1993 to 1997. She was also previously been a regular on the television shows All My Children and The Young Riders. Her breakthrough film role was in the 2003 film, 21 Grams as Marianne Jordan. She was also in the 2013 film Oblivion, starring as NASA Ground Control correspondent Sally.
 

 

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Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in the 2008 film, Frozen River earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the 2010 film, The Fighter, including the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Leo currently stars on the main cast of the HBO television series Treme in the role of Antoinette "Toni" Bernette.

Personal life

Leo was born in Manhattan, New York City.[1] She is the daughter of Peggy (née Chessington), a California-born teacher, and Arnold Leo III, an editor at Grove Press, fisherman, and spokesman for the East Hampton Baymen's Association.[2][3][4][5] Leo was raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and spent summers at her father's house in Springs, a section of East Hampton, N.Y.[1] She is a former resident of Putney, Vermont[6] and now lives in Stone Ridge, New York.[7] She has a son with actor and former boyfriend John Heard named John "Jack" Matthew Heard (born 1987).

Career

Leo's acting debut came in 1985, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy at the Daytime Emmy Awards/12th Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in a Drama Series for All My Children. Following this, Leo appeared in several films, including the lead role as a straight-laced girl named Cookie who succumbed to prostitition in "Streetwalkin," A Time of Destiny, Last Summer in the Hamptons, and Venice/Venice. She also had several appearances on television, most notably her role as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street until 1997. Three years later she reprised her role in the television movie, Homicide: The Movie. After a brief hiatus in film, Leo's breakthrough came three years later in the Alejandro González Iñárritu film, 21 Grams released to critical acclaim. Leo appeared in a supporting role alongside Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro and Clea DuVall. Leo shared a "Best Ensemble Acting" award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society in 2003 and the runner-up for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress.

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Leo in January 2006

Leo appeared in supporting roles throughout the 2000s including the suspense film Hide and Seek, the independent film American Gun, both in 2005, and a minor role in the comedy Mr. Woodcock. In 2006, she won the Bronze Wrangler at the Western Heritage Awards for Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada shared with Tommy Lee Jones who also produced the film. In 2008, she won the Maverick Actor Award and also the Best Actress award at the Method Fest for Lullaby (2008).

That same year Leo earned critical praise for her performance in the film Frozen River, winning several including the Best Actress award from the Independent Spirit Awards, the Spotlight award from the National Board of Review and Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Academy Awards. Critic Roger Ebert backed her for a win, stating, "Best Actress: Melissa Leo. What a complete performance, evoking a woman's life in a time of economic hardship. The most timely of films, but that isn't reason enough. I was struck by how intensely determined she was to make the payments, support her two children, carry on after her abandonment by a gambling husband, and still maintain rules and goals around the house. This was a heroic woman."[8]

Following Frozen River, Leo continued to appear in several independent films and had a minor role in the 2008 film Righteous Kill with Al Pacino and her Hide and Seek co-star, Robert De Niro. Leo appeared in a series of films throughout 2009, including According to Greta, the title character in Stephanie's Image, True Adolescents and Veronika Decides to Die.

In 2010, Leo received fame for her role in David O. Russell's The Fighter. Rick Bentley of The Charlotte Observer said "Both actors (Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale) are very good, but they get blown off the screen by Melissa Leo, who plays their mother, Alice Ward. Leo's Oscar-worthy portrayal of Alice as a master manipulator goes beyond acting to a total transformation."[9] Roger Ebert referred to it as a "teeth-gratingly brilliant performance." Leo and several of the film's actors including her co-star Amy Adams and Bale were nominated. For her performance Leo received several awards, including the Golden Globe, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, Screen Actors Guild and culminating in her winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. While accepting her Oscar, Leo said "When I watched Kate [Winslet] two years ago, it looked so fucking easy!" She apologized afterwards for using profanity, admitting that it was "a very inappropriate place to use that particular word...those words, I apologize to anyone that they offend."[10][11]

Prior to her win Leo had created some controversy by attempting to self promote her Oscar campaign rather than rely on the marketing department of the studio. Leo personally bought ad space in Hollywood trade publications which was initially thought might backfire in a similar manner to previous Oscar contenders Chill Wills and Margaret Avery.[12]

Following her Oscar win, Leo appeared in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce alongside Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pearce. Her performance garnered an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Her next projects include the satirical horror film Red State, the independent comedy Predisposed with Jesse Eisenberg currently in pre-production[13] and the crime thriller The Dead Circus based on the novel by John Kaye with Michael C. Hall and James Marsden currently in development.[14] She guest-starred in an episode of the hit FX comedy Louie, which garnered her an Emmy win for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Leo recently appeared in the action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen as the Secretary of Defense held hostage by terrorists in the White House and Oblivion as the main antagonist. Most recently, Leo can be seen in a major role in Prisoners.

Filmography

Film and television (regular cast)

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1984

All My Children

Linda Warner

Contract cast member (1984–1985)
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1985)

1985

Always

Peggy

 

1985

Streetwalkin'

Cookie

 

1985

Silent Witness

Patti Mullen

TV movie

1986

Deadtime Stories

Judith "MaMa" Baer

 

1988

Time of Destiny, AA Time of Destiny

Josie Larraneta

 

1989

The Young Riders

Emma Shannon

Main cast member season 1: 24 episodes

1989

Nasty Boys

Katie Morrisey

TV

1990

The Bride in Black

Mary Margaret

TV

1991

Carolina Skeletons

Cassie

TV

1992

Immaculate Conception[15]

Hannah

 

1992

Venice/Venice

Peggy

 

1993

Ballad of Little Jo, TheThe Ballad of Little Jo

Beatrice Grey

 

1993

Homicide: Life on the Street

Det. Sgt. Kay Howard

Television series, main cast member seasons 1–5 (1993–1997): 77 episodes

1994

Garden

Elizabeth

 

1995

Last Summer in the Hamptons

Trish

 

1995

In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice

Carol Manning

TV

1997

Under the Bridge

Kathy

 

1999

The 24 Hour Woman

Dr. Suzanne Pincus

 

1999

Code of Ethics

Jo DeAngelo

 

2000

Homicide: The Movie

Det. Sgt. Kay Howard

TV

2000

Fear of Fiction

Sigrid Anderssen

 

2003

21 Grams

Marianne Jordan

Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2nd Place—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

2004

First Breath

Detective Waxman

 

2004

From Other Worlds

Miriam

 

2005

Hide and Seek

Laura

 

2005

Runaway

Lisa Adler

 

2005

No Shoulder

Ruth

 

2005

Patch

Maelynn

 

2005

Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, TheThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Rachel

Bronze Wrangler Award for Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture

2005

American Gun

Louise

 

2005

Confess

Agnes Lessor

 

2006

Stephanie Daley

Miri

 

2006

The Limbo Room

KC Collins

 

2006

Hollywood Dreams

Aunt Bee

 

2006

House is Burning, TheThe House is Burning

Mrs. Miller

 

2006

Falling Objects

Helga

 

2007

Bomb

Sharon

 

2007

Midnight Son

Rita

 

2007

Black Irish

Margaret McKay

 

2007

Cake Eaters, TheThe Cake Eaters

Ceci

 

2007

Racing Daylight

Sadie Stokes/Anna Stokes

 

2007

I Believe in America

Soto

 

2007

Mr. Woodcock

Sally Jansen

 

2007

One Night

Wendy

 

2008

Frozen River

Ray Eddy

Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Film Artist
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Marrakech International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award for Best Actress
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

2008

Alphabet Killer, TheThe Alphabet Killer

Kathy Walsh

 

2008

Lullaby

Stephanie

Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actress

2008

Night of the Living Jews[16]

Jewish Mother zombie

Low budget film

2008

Santa Mesa

Maggie

 

2008

Ball Don't Lie

Georgia

 

2008

This is a Story About Ted and Alice

Alice

 

2008

Righteous Kill

Cheryl Brooks

 

2008

Predisposed

Penny

 

2009

According to Greta

Karen

 

2009

Stephanie's Image

Stephanie

 

2009

True Adolescents

Sharon

 

2009

Veronika Decides to Die

Mari

 

2009

Dear Lemon Lima

Mrs. Howard

 

2009

Don McKay

Marie

 

2009

Everybody's Fine

Colleen

 

2010

Treme

Toni Bernette

Main cast member: season 1 – present

2010

Welcome to the Rileys

Mrs. Lois Riley

 

2010

Dry Land, TheThe Dry Land

Martha

 

2010

The Space Between

Montine

Best New York Narrative - Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival

2010

Fighter, TheThe Fighter

Alice Ward

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Capri Award for Best Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Online for Best Supporting Actress
North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Central Ohio film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards for Best Ensemble

2010

Conviction

Nancy Taylor

 

2011

Red State

Sarah Cooper

Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress

2011

The Sea Is All I Know

Sara

California Independent Film Festival Slate Award for Best Actress
Rhode Island International Film Festival Grand Prize Award for Best Actress

2012

Flight

Ellen Block

 

2012

Why Stop Now

Penny Bloom

 

2013

Olympus Has Fallen

Ruth McMillan

 

2013

Oblivion

Sally

 

2013

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Mamie Eisenhower

Scenes deleted

2013

Prisoners

Holly Jones

 

2013

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

Robin

A Lifetime Original Movie
Pending - Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

2013

Charlie Countryman

Charlie's mother

 

2014

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Bette Altmann

filming

2014

The Equalizer

 

filming

2014

I Fought the Law

Alice McMillan

pre-production

Television mini-series and guest appearances

Film and television (short term roles)

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1985

The Equalizer

Irina Dzershinsky

1 episode, "The Defector"

1987

Spenser: For Hire

Mary Hamilton

1 episode, "Mary Hamilton"

1988

Miami Vice

Kathleen Gilfords

1 episode, "Bad Timing"

1989

Gideon Oliver

Rebecca Hecht

1 episode, "Kennonite"

1993, 2002, 2008

Law & Order

Alice Sutton / Sherri Quinn / Donna Cheponis

3 episodes, "Sweeps", "Who Let the Dogs Out?", and "Personae Non Grata"

1994

Scarlett

Suellen O'Hara Benteen

TV mini-series

1998

Legacy

Emma Bradford

2 episodes, "Emma" and "The Search Party"

2004

Veronica Mars

Julia Smith

1 episode, "Meet John Smith"

2004

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Sybil Perez

1 episode, "Harvest"

2005

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Maureen Curtis

1 episode, "The Good Child"

2005

The L Word

Winnie Mann

3 episodes, "Luminous", "Loyal", and "Lacuna"

2006

Shark

Elizabeth Rourke

1 episode, "Pilot"

2007

Criminal Minds

Georgia Davis

1 episode, "No Way Out"

2007

Cold Case

Tayna Raymes '94–'07

1 episode, "Thrill Kill", 2007

2011

Mildred Pierce

Lucy Gessler

TV mini-series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

2012

Louie

Laurie

1 episode, "Telling Jokes/Set Up"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated -Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series

References

    1. ^ Jump up to: a b Post (2009-02-19). "Veteran Actors, First Time Nominees". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
    2. Jump up ^ "Actress up for Oscar has longtime ties to Hamptons". Newsday.com. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
    3. Jump up ^ "Melissa Leo Biography (1960–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
    4. Jump up ^ Mother's California birth stated on the 68th Golden Globe Awards, January 16, 2011
    5. Jump up ^ [1]
    6. Jump up ^ "Burlington Free Press – Vermonter Nominated". Burlington Free Press. January 23, 2009. 
    7. Jump up ^ "Nebraska threads woven into red carpet". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
    8. Jump up ^ Roger Ebert (2011-04-23). "Elevating the Oscar winners, Part #3: Best Leading Actress". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
    9. Jump up ^ Posted: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 (2010-12-18). "Cast puts punch in scrappy 'Fighter'". CharlotteObserver.com. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
    10. Jump up ^ Liz Kelly (February 27, 2011). "Melissa Leo drops F-bomb in Oscar Acceptance Speech". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
    11. Jump up ^ Vancouver Sun and wire services (February 27, 2011). "OSCARS: F-Bomb mars speech; Toy Story 3, In a Better World, Christian Bale, Social Network. King's Speech take awards". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
    12. Jump up ^ Melissa Leo's 'rogue' Oscar campaign. The Week (2011-02-11). Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
    13. Jump up ^ Vancouver Sun and wire services (March 2, 2011). "Jesse Eisenberg to play Melissa Leo’s son in "Predisposed". Up and Comers. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
    14. Jump up ^ Jay A. Fernandez (March 3, 2011). "What Oscar Winners Are Doing Next". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
    15. Jump up ^ Movie at IMDb
    16. Jump up ^ Night of the Living Jews – Credits on official website.

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