Meryl Streep, an American actress, who got us closer to the characters we read about, having painted on her canvas, the art of stories, that touched the deepest edges of our souls, embraced the wounds, and embedded itself in our hearts, turned 69 on June 22.
From worshipping Alice in Concert, a musical version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with writer and composer Elizabeth and director Joseph Papp, to having taken up her first reading role in the story within a story drama The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), to having led the 1978 mini-series Holocaust wherein she played the leading role of a German woman married to a Jewish artist in Nazi-era Germany (a Polish Holocaust survivor in Sophie’s Choice (1982), to participating in Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew with Raul Julia, to living through a gamut of other roles, expressions, accents, projection, and reflections, her life stands unprecedented within the layers of creations, literature, imagination, endeavors, and passion.
Her exquisite, layered, and uplifting life journey mirrors the beautiful aura of her mother who had English, German, and Irish ancestry.
“She was a mentor because she said to me, ‘Meryl, you’re capable. You’re so great.’ She was saying, ‘You can do whatever you put your mind to. If you’re lazy, you’re not going to get it done. But if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.’ And I believed her.”, said she when asked about her mother.
She has been nominated for 21 Academy Awards and has won three. Meryl Streep has also received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight.
President Barack Obama awarded her the 2010 National Medal of Arts, and in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The government of France made her a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in the year 2003.
“Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.” wrote Meyrl.
It’s not only three days when we celebrated her, it’s in every form of art that exists, and sometimes does not exist, within the most ordinary structures, through a spirit of liberation at a lack of truth, the infinite mind and humility, that we celebrate her existence as an artist, human, and all the characters she brought alive.