Meryl Streep Thought Her Career Was Over 20 Years Ago

The Oscar winner says that when she started getting offers to play witches on screen, she thought she was past her prime

She may be considered one of the greatest actresses of all time, but Meryl Streep says there was a time 20 years ago when she thought her screen-acting career was done.

In her first Vogue cover interview, the two-time Oscar winner explains that she once believed her time in Hollywood had come to an end. Why? Because, after turning 40, the Sophie's Choice star had been offered three separate parts to play a witch.

"It's over," Streep told Vogue she thought at the time. She added that the witch roles symbolized that Hollywood finds women of a certain age "grotesque on some level."

Of course, since turning 40, the 62-year-old actress has gone on to play some of the most memorable roles of her career in The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, Doubt, and The Hours -- to name just a few of the films that earned her her record-breaking 16 Oscar nominations (more than any other actor in the award's history).

Now she's transformed into Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biographical drama The Iron Lady (in theaters Dec. 30). Already hailed as the top performance of the year by the New York Film Critics' Circle, Streep's portrayal of the unwavering English leader proves that with age, Streep only gets better.

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