Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville, before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season. In that same year, she made her film debut in Julia. Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter and Kramer vs. Kramer, the first of which brought her an Academy Award nomination, and the second, her first win, for Best Supporting Actress. She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in Sophie's Choice and The Iron Lady. With 18 Academy Award nominations in 35 years, Streep holds the record as being the most nominated actor in film history.
Streep has also received 28 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight, more nominations and more competitive wins than any other actress or actor. Her work has also earned her two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two BAFTA awards, two Australian Film Institute awards, five Grammy Award nominations, and a Tony Award nomination, among several others. She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004 and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American culture through performing arts, the youngest actor in each award's history. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2010 National Medal of Arts. In 2003, the government of France made her a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
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