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Meryl Streep

  • I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • in Gabe Essoe, The Book of Movie Lists ()
  • You're leaving college now, and going out into real life. And you have to realize that real life is not like college. Real Life is actually a lot more like high school.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • Vassar commencement speech ()
  • We are the choices we have made.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • in Katie Couric, interview ()
  • Acting is being susceptible to what is around you, and it's letting it all come in. Acting is a clearing away of everything except what you want and need — and it's wonderful in that way. And when it's right, you're lost in the moment.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • in Kristen Golden and Barbara Findlen, Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century ()
  • The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • in Kristen Golden and Barbara Findlen, Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century ()
  • The key to every actor is deep, deep insecurity.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • in Los Angeles ()
  • It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • in The New York Times Wellness Online ()
  • Work itself is the reward. If I choose challenging work it will pay me back with interest. At least I'll be interested even if nobody else is. And this attempt for excellence is what sustains the most well lived and satisfying, successful lives.

    • Meryl Streep,
    • Vassar commencement speech ()
  • You don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.

    • Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, U.S. actor, Academy Award winner

(1949)