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Meryl Streep, ‘the best actress in the world’: a tireless activist for equality

Actress Meryl Streep, at 73 years old, has been the winner of the Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts 2023which this year celebrates its 43rd edition.

According to the jury’s minutes, the Oscar-winning actress wins the award “for dignifying the art of acting and ensuring that ethics and coherence transcend through her work, with the virtue of emphasizing that human beings, and specifically women, “They must beat and stand out from their uniqueness, their difference.”

They also wanted to put special emphasis on “honesty and responsibility in the choice of their jobs” and their role as “tireless activist for equality”.

Streep, who has three Oscars, eight Golden Globes, two Baftas and three Emmys, now adds a new award to the list.

More than forty years of career

Considered on numerous occasions as ‘the best actress in the world’, Meryl Streep began in the world of acting at a young age. She studied Dramatic Arts at Yale University, and In 1977 he debuted with his first film role. in the film ‘Julia’, by Fred Zinnemann.

Just a year later he participated in Michael Cimino’s film The hunter, a role for which she received her first Oscar nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress’. In 1080, and just three years after her first film, she wins her first Oscar for her performance in the film. Kramer vs. Kramer.

Since then, Meryl Streep has directed her career to interpret important female characters and that they had a powerful story to tell: women who were both fragile and strong, but with a speech that deserves to be heard behind them. Movies like The lieutenant’s wife either Sophie’s decision They are a great clear example of this.

On the other hand, drama becomes the usual genre of his career. Titles like Things that matter, The hours either Marvin’s Room. Not to forget the great romantic dramas that, to this day, continue to conquer the public: Memories of Africa and The bridges of Madison.

But Meryl Streep has proven to be a very versatile actressstarring in fantastic comedies like Death suits you goodthrillers like Wild River and has even dared to do musicals like Mamma Mia either The last show. Not to mention the legendary romantic comedies The Devil Wears Prada either Falling in love with my ex.

His career, far from over, continues to grow every day, in 2021 he starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio one of the best movies of 2021 and one of the most viewed in the history of Netflix: Do not look back. He is currently filming the third season of the series. Murders in the building from Disney+, one of the most successful series in recent years.

Your role as an activist

In addition to being an excellent actress, Meryl Streep has been raising her voice for many years and fighting for different social causes. The main one and the one in which she has been most involved is in the fight for women’s rights. In June 2015, she sent 535 letters written by her personally to each of the US congressmen.

The objective of sending them was to revive the Equal Rights Amendment (which has been around since the mid-1970s), which, if ratified in the North American Constitution, would guarantee the payment of the same salary to men and women as a fundamental right. Only five congressmen responded to the mailing.

In the same year, the actress paid for the creation of a workshop for women screenwriters above 40 years. Also, in promoting the film Suffragettesappeared at a London film festival with a literal quote from the character she played on her t-shirt: ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.’

On a professional level, she has rewritten her own characters on several occasions, she has opted for female characters that no one wanted to play because they thought they would not work, and she has been fighting for years for equal pay in the Hollywood film industry.

She has also participated in a public campaign to stop a law that limited women’s reproductive rights and collaborates with more than a dozen NGOs.

It is clear that Meryl Streep, in addition to being one of the best actresses of our generation, has clear ideas and fights for what she wants publicly without caring about being judged. A true reference as a woman and as a professional.

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