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The Versatility of Hollywood’s Leading Lady: Meryl Streep

December 10, 2015

One hundred and seventy-one awards attributed to her talent, sixty-seven film acting credits under her belt, nineteen Academy Award nominations earning her the top record spot, and four  honorary doctorate degrees bestowed upon her…Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you ‘The Amazing Meryl.’

'The River Wild' on HDNET MOVIES
Meryl Streep in ‘The River Wild’

Starting out as the girlfriend of a Vietnam vet (Oscar-nominated), she faced Dustin Hoffman the next year in a bitter custody battle (Oscar-winning), survived the Holocaust in Poland only to die later by her own hand (Oscar-winning), got twixt in between two lovers in Africa (Oscar-nominated), cared for her dying mother in New York (Oscar-nominated), and played a host of famous personalities so different from one another that only her talent could possibly handle. This month on HDNET MOVIES, we are privileged to host an evening with ‘The Amazing Meryl’ Streep, airing four films that span twenty years of her awe-inspiring acting career.

'Out of Africa' on HDNET MOVIES
Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa’

To honor her versatility as an actress, here are ten films ‘The Amazing Meryl’ starred in, all involving roles vastly different from one another:

  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) – Victorian-era woman / American Actress
  • Plenty (1985) – English fighter for the French Resistance during WWII
  • Ironweed (1987) – Terminally ill, homeless drunk during the Great Depression
  • The House of Spirits (1993) – Chilean with psychic power
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – Interactive blue fairy
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – Fashion magazine mogul
  • Doubt (2008) – 1960s’ Catholic nun in The Bronx
  • Julie & Julia (2009) – Colorful chef Julia Child
  • The Iron Lady (2011) – Former UK Prime Minister and Baroness Margaret Thatcher
  • Into The Woods (2014) – Evil fairy-tale inspired witch

Spend your night with ‘The Amazing Meryl’ this Saturday, December 12th:

The River Wild – 12:15/11:15c

Out of Africa – 2:15/1:15c

Music of the Heart – 5:05/4:05c

Prime – 7:15/6:15c