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Meryl Streep: A Life in Pictures

20 December 2011

The multi-BAFTA winning American actress and star of The Deer Hunter, The Iron Woman, Out Of Africa and The Hours talks about her career in film.

With a career spanning over thirty years, Meryl Streep has produced some of cinema's most iconic performances, including roles in The French Lieutenant's Woman, Kramer V. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, Out of Africa, The Hours and The Iron Lady.

I like playing characters that you misconstrue. The ones that are the most interesting are the ones that are misunderstood.

In January 2009 she came to the Academy to discuss her life in pictures. Interviewed on stage by presenter Mariella Frostrup, the multi BAFTA-winning actress gave a unique insight into her extraordinary career – from starting out on stage to her performances in Mamma Mia!, Doubt and Julie & Julia.
Streep describes the context of her breakthrough in The Deer Hunter, how the tragic events of 9/11 led her to take the lead role in Mamma Mia!, and why 'being proved wrong' about an actor's performance on set is one of her favourite things.