Monday, October 2, 2017

40 years of Meryl on the big screen

On October 2, 1977, Meryl Streep made her film debut in Fred Zinnemann's drama Julia. It was a minor role, but she managed to capture the attention of her co-star Jane Fonda, who, as Meryl has described, opened countless doors for her in the film industry. Only one year later, Streep would star in the film that earned her her first of twenty Academy Award nominations, The Deer Hunter. 1979 saw her win her first for Kramer vs. Kramer.  Together, the three films earned 29 Oscar nominations, with the latter two winning Best Picture. Not a bad welcome for a promising newcomer.

No one could've predicted the prestige Streep's career would achieve over the subsequent 40 years. While we likely can't expect another four decades of performances from her, with a slew of enticing roles in the pipeline over the next year, Streep is showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks for the incredible catalogue of performances you've given us, Meryl. I'll keep watching.



  1. Happy anniversary Meryl! I suspect her memory is better than she let's on so maybe she is celebrating!

  2. I remember my first Meryl's movie in theatre was The French Lieutenant's Woman in 1981 when I was 17. After that before I've got home I stopped by at a video store to rent Julia, The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Kramer vs. Kramer, all in the forms of videotapes (remember those days?) and never miss her movies ever since. I grew up with her movies and so proud to still be one of her number one fans. Happy anniversary Meryl! At least we will be happy for your three new movies for the next 14 mounths. Long Live Queen Meryl! - jack