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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'Postcards from the Edge'

In 1990, Streep headlined the film adaptation of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge. Suzanne Vale -- a recovering drug addict trying to revive her floundering acting career while forced to move back in with her drama queen of a mom (Shirley MacLaine) -- was a departure for Streep. She infused dry humor into the complex, competitive relationship between Suzanne and her mother, and had fantastic chemistry with a philandering producer (Dennis Quaid.) History repeated itself and the role led to Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.

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