Yesterday, President Obama announced that Meryl will be one of 19 citizens honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Wikipedia describes it as an award that "recognizes those individuals who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
Wow. Quite the honor! Streep has already been the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors three years ago. Along with her film work, Meryl and her husband Don have been particularly philanthropic and are great benefactors of the arts. Congratulations, Meryl. The full list of recipients can be seen here.