Whenever you explore something like this, it’s always subjective in nature.

However, I feel very comfortable saying that this highly decorated actress is the greatest living actress in America, today.

Meryl Streep was born in Summit and raised in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

Streep has more Academy Award nominations than any man or woman in history.

Streep has won three Academy Awards and has been nominated a record 21 times.

Inexplicably, Streep should have won at least five or more Academy Awards. She somehow lost 18 times over the years.

Streep also has achieved a record 32 Golden Globes nominations, winning the award 8 times.

The state of New Jersey has been such an amazing feeder system to Hollywood and (celebrity ranks in general) with so many of the most famous people being born or raised in New Jersey.

The list is incredibly long, including:

Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, Whitney Houston, Sylvester Stallone, Joe Pesci, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Rock, Bon Jovi … even former President of The United States, Grover Cleveland … to name just a few.

Streep is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. In her New Jersey Hall of Fame biography, it reads, “Streep was not only an excellent student, but a mainstay in high school productions.”

New Jersey Hall of Fame photo.
New Jersey Hall of Fame photo.

Streep has also won two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the recipient of a Grammy nomination and a BAFTA Award.

Streep has been awarded France's Order of Arts and Letters.

Streep and her husband reportedly spend the majority of their time in Salisbury, Connecticut. Their home sits on 90 acres.

She also has homes on the West Coast (Los Angeles & Pasadena), Greenwich Village and Manhattan.

Streep’s Wikipedia biography states that:

“Streep was raised as a Presbyterian in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and attended Cedar Hill Elementary School and the Oak Street School, which was a junior high school at that time. In her junior high debut, she starred as Louise Heller in the play The Family Upstairs.”

SOURCES: New Jersey Hall of Fame & Wikipedia.

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