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www.princeton.edu...Meryl Streep, Doctor of Fine Arts
Meryl Streep, who was born in Summit, N.J., is an actress known across the globe for her roles in film, theater and television. On stage, she has appeared in plays by Shakespeare, Strindberg, Chekhov, Brecht and Tennessee Williams. On television, she has starred in the groundbreaking miniseries "Holocaust" and "Angels in America." But she is best known for her film work, in such enduring classics as "The Deer Hunter," "Manhattan," "Kramer vs. Kramer," "The French Lieutenant's Woman," "Sophie's Choice," "Silkwood," "Out of Africa," "Heartburn," "Adaptation," "The Hours," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Mamma Mia!" and "Doubt." This summer will see the release of her latest film, "Julie and Julia," in which she plays the first television celebrity chef, Julia Child. She holds the record for Academy Award (15) and Golden Globe (23) nominations in acting, and has won two Oscars, six Golden Globes, two Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute./nAn outspoken advocate for women's rights, Streep is active in the Equality Now human rights organization. She works for the well-being of children and the environment through several initiatives and was a co-founder of Mothers and Others. She also has been a regular sponsor of the Academy of American Poets' "Poetry and the Creative Mind" Gala./nShe has been called the greatest actor of her generation, and she has the résumé to prove it. In an age of celebrity, she represents craftsmanship; in an age dominated by directors, she represents the centrality of the actor; in an age of special effects, she represents the power of the written word and artful movement; in an age of virtual reality, she reminds us of the story's power to shed light on what is real. She sees herself as a translator whose mission is to explain people to each other. Today we tell her how well she has succeeded.