film Meryl Streep's Greatest Performances As Real People  

Tom Banks
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Meryl Streep's best performances include, well, pretty much everything she's ever been in (probably one of the reasons she's one of the greatest working actresses alive). After a career spanning four decades, the chameleonic Meryl Streep has established herself as not only an immensely talented actress, but a woman who can turn a mediocre movie into one of the best Oscar-winning movies of all time

On this list of Meryl Streep biopic roles (or simply roles based on real people), all of Meryl's best portrayals of actual people are listed for voting into the top spot of best biopic performance. From her Academy Award-winning role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady to her somehow restrained, yet superbly acidic, version of Vogue editor Anna Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada, all of Meryl Streep's best roles based on real people are listed here. 

What Meryl Streep roles were based on real people? What actual people has Meryl Streep played? What movies feature Meryl Streep playing real people? How many real people has Meryl Streep played? You'll see, based on the number of entries on this list of Meryl Streep biopic roles, that the most talented actress of her generation has had no lack of meaty roles to choose from when filling out her acting card. Make sure to upvote your favorite Meryl Streep real-life roles!

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The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who goes to New York City and lands a job as a co-assistant to powerful fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci co-star, as co-assistant Emily Charlton and art director Nigel, respectively. Adrian Grenier, Simon Baker, and Tracie Thoms play key supporting roles. Wendy Finerman produced and David Frankel directed the film, which was distributed by 20th Century Fox. Streep's performance drew critical acclaim and earned her many award nominations, ...more

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The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. ...more

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Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. Silkwood was a nuclear whistleblower and a labor union activist who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant where she worked. In real life, her death was vindicated in a victorious 1979 lawsuit, Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee, led by attorney Daniel Sheehan and other founding members of the Christic Institute. The jury rendered its verdict of $10 million in damages to be paid to the Silkwood estate, the largest amount in damages ever awarded for that kind of case at the time. The ...more

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