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Why Meryl Streep is the Golden Globes' golden girl

Gemma Strong

Meryl Streep is the undisputed queen of Hollywood. In her 40 year career, the 67-year-old has earned a reputation as one of the greatest actors of her generation, demonstrating her versatility in films from The Iron Lady to The Devil Wears Prada, Out of Africa, Sophie's Choice and Into the Woods.

Testament to her talent – and her hardworking ethos – Meryl has become a staple at every major awards ceremony, every single year. And 2017 is no exception, with the star nominated once again, this time for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins, at the Golden Globes.

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Meryl Streep received her 30th Golden Globes nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins

It marks a long-standing love affair between the Globes and Meryl. While the actress has been nominated for a record 19 Academy Awards - more than anyone else in the history of the Oscars - and has won three, she had received an incredible 30 Golden Globes nods in 38 years.

What's more, she has won a record eight Globes – that's two more than second place stars Jack Nicholson and Angela Lansbury, who have six a-piece. And even if she doesn't win the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy award this year, she will still be taking home a trophy, having been named the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

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The star won her very first Globe in 1979 for Kramer vs Kramer

Meryl received her first Golden Globes nomination back in 1978 for The Deer Hunter. The very next year won her first Globe for Kramer vs Kramer, and in 1981 she received her first Best Actress trophy for The French Lieutenant's Woman, followed by the award for Sophie's Choice in 1982.

In 2002, the star took home an award for Adaptation and in 2003 was named the winner of the Best Actress for a miniseries or TV film for Angels in America.

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Her most recent Golden Globes win came in 2011 for The Iron Lady

Her turn as steely magazine editor Miranda Priestly earned Meryl her sixth Globe for The Devil Wears Prada in 2006, and she repeated her success again in 2009 with Julia & Julia, followed by The Iron Lady in 2011.

As she approaches her 70th year, Meryl continues to be a big box office draw; ask a group of people to name their favourite actress, and odds are the majority will answer Meryl Streep. And perhaps no one is more surprised about that than the lady herself.  

"My achievement, if you can call it that, is that I've basically pretended to be extraordinary people my entire life," she told a packed audience at Princeton University in 2006. "And now I am being mistaken for one."

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