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Meryl Streep is an American actress who portrayed Aunt Josephine in the film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Biography

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep, Jr., a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of German and Swiss-German descent, and her mother had English, Irish, and German ancestry.

Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. She gave an outstanding performance in her first film role, Julia (1977), and the next year she was nominated for her first Oscar for her role in The Deer Hunter (1978). She went on to win the Academy Award for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982), in which she gave a heart-wrenching portrayal of an inmate mother in a Nazi death camp.

A perfectionist in her craft and meticulous and painstaking in her preparation for her roles, Meryl turned out a string of highly acclaimed performances over the next decade in great films like Silkwood (1983); Out of Africa (1985); Ironweed (1987); and A Cry in the Dark (1988). Her career declined slightly in the early 1990s as a result of her inability to find suitable parts, but she shot back to the top in 1995 with her performance as Clint Eastwood's married lover in The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and as the prodigal daughter in Marvin's Room (1996). In 1998 she made her first venture into the area of producing, and was the executive producer for the moving ...First Do No Harm (1997). A realist when she talks about her future years in film, she remarked that "...no matter what happens, my work will stand..."[1]

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Meryl Streep joined the cast for the 2004 film because her children read the books.

She is referenced subtly in the Netflix Adaptation: In "The Austere Academy: Part Two," a screengrab of a page from The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations shows the line:

These are some of the many reasons why V.F.D. is honoured to award Ike Anwhistle with his 99th Volunteer of the Month Nomination he is in the ranks of the great Meryl Streep!

This implies that in the Netflix universe, Meryl Streep exists and is a member of VFD.[2]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Everybody Rides the Carousel Stage 6 Voice
1977 The Deadliest Season Sharon Miller
1977 Julia Anne Marie
1978 The Deer Hunter Linda
1979 Manhattan Jill
1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan Karen Traynor
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Joanna Kramer
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman Sarah and Anna
1982 Alice at the Palace Alice
1982 Still of the Night Brooke Reynolds
1982 Sophie's Choice Sophie
1983 Silkwood Karen Silkwood
1984 Falling in Love Molly Gilmore
1985 Plenty  Susan
1985 Out of Africa Karen
1986 Heartburn Rachel
1987 Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Peter Rabbit Storyteller Voice

Short

1987 Ironweed Helen
1987 Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Storyteller Voice

Short

1988 A Cry in the Dark Lindy
1988 The Tailor of Gloucester Narrator
1989 She-Devil Mary Fisher
1989 Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife Storyteller Voice

Short

1990 The Earth Day Special Concerned Citizen
1990 Postcards from the Edge Suzanne Vale
1991 Defending Your Life Julia
1992 Death Becomes Her Madeline Ashton
1993 The House of the Spirits Clara
1994 The River Wild Gail Hartman
1995 The Bridges of Madison County Francesca Johnson
1996 Before and After Carolyn Ryan
1996 Marvin's Room Lee
1997 ...First Do No Harm Lori Reimuller
1998 Dancing at Lughnasa Kate Mundy
1998 One True Thing Kate Gulden
1999 Chrysanthemum Narrator Voice

Short

1999 Music of the Heart Roberta
1999 Ginevra's Story: Solving the Mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci's First Known Portrait Narrator
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Blue Mecha Voice
2002 Adaptation. Susan Orlean
2002 The Hours Clarissa Vaughan
2003 Stuck on You Meryl Streep Uncredited
2004 Gilda's Club: A Special Place Narrator Voice

Short

2004 The Manchurian Candidate Eleanor Shaw
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Aunt Josephine
2005 Prime Lisa Metzger
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Yolanda Johnson
2006 The Music of Regret The Woman Short
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly
2006 The Aunt Bully Queen Voice
2007 Dark Matter Joanna Silver
2007 Evening Lila Ross
2007 Rendition Corrine Whitman
2007 Lions for Lambs Janine Roth
2008 Mamma Mia! Donna
2008 Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier
2009 Julie & Julia Julia Child
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Mrs. Fox Voice
2009 It's Complicated Jane Adler
2010 Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life Jennie Voice

Short

2011 The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
2012 Hope Springs Kay
2013 August: Osage County Violet Weston
2014 The Homesman Altha Carter
2014 The Giver Chief Elder
2014 Into the Woods Witch
2015 Ricki and the Flash Ricki
2015 Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
2016 The Guardian Brothers Narrators Voice

English Version

2016 Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins
2016 Shoulders Narrator
2017 The Post Kay Graham
2018 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Donna
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Cousin Topsy
2019 The Laundromat Ellen Martin
2019 Little Women Aunt March
2020 Let Them All Talk
2020 The Prom Dee Dee Allen

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Holocaust Inga Helms Weiss
1977-1979 Great Performances Leilah / Edith Varney
1989 American Masters Narrator One Episode
1994 The Simpsons Jessive Lovejoy One Episode
1999 King of the Hill Aunt Esme Dauterive One Episode
2003 Angels in America Hannah Pitt / Ethel Rosenberg / The Rabbi
2003 Freedom: A History of Us Margaret Chase Smith / Mother Jones / Mary Easty / Abigail Adams
2010 Web Therapy Camilla Bowner
2019 Big Little Lies Mary Louise Wright

Sources

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