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Essential Meryl Streep

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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Her supporting turn as Dustin Hoffman’s conflicted ex-wife yielded Oscar No. 1.

Sophie’s Choice (1982)
No. 2 came for her harrowing turn as a Holocaust survivor.

Silkwood (1983)
Her union activist Karen Silkwood is feisty, sexy, and ultimately tragic.

Out of Africa (1985)
A Danish baroness: further proof of her gift for foreign accents.

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
As a lonely Italian housewife in 1965 Iowa, Streep is quiet and tender.

Adaptation (2002)
Watching her doped-up journalist imitate a dial tone is just one of the joys of the film.

Angels in America (2003)
She plays a rabbi, Ethel Rosenberg, a Mormon, and an angel. Yeah, that’s worth an Emmy.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Only Streep could make a workplace Lucifer this fascinatingly complex.

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