Meryl Streep's Top 13 Movie Performances

As the actress prepares for her 64th birthday, we look back at the films that helped make her a Hollywood powerhouse (14 Photos)

Sarah Levy on Jun 21, 2013 at 4:21PM

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Meryl Streep's Top 13 Movie Performances

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'The Iron Lady'

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Margaret Thatcher must be feeling pretty flattered. In the 2011 drama The Iron Lady, Streep portrayed the former U.K. Prime Minister in one of her most challenging -- and transformative -- roles to date. With the help of an Academy Award-winning makeup team, Streep embodied Thatcher's character, using 20 neck pieces, 20 sets of cheeks and 40 noses throughout the filming process. The star won a BAFTA award for best leading actress and earned her second Best Actress Oscar for her work on the film, bringing her Academy Award count to three wins and 17 nominations.

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