A Tribute to the Women I Admire- (6) – Meryl Streep
March 8 is International Women’s Day.So this week March 5-10, I will present a tribute to some of the women-artists that I admire for their great passion, dedication and conviction.I have made these tribute portraits in the form of artist trading cards – 2.5″ x 3.5″. I believe the word about the life and works of these women-artists have to be spread as shining examples.
|“Meryl: The Master of Fresh Surprises”
You’ll Never Know What She’s Gonna Do Next
A Portrait of Meryl Streep
a digital collage by Paulina Constancia
Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, is considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress. Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 17 times, and has won it three times. Meryl is what I would considerMeryl’s early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. Meryl Streep- the master of fresh surprises. Nobody ever knows what sort of role she is going to play next. But of all the roles she has played in her life, what i admire most is her dedication to her role as wife & mother.
Here are the elements I used to create Meryl’s collage:
|1-photo by Peter Mountain/Mama Mia, 2- Clouds,
3- Gold Leaf Earring & 4- leaf wallpaper
“Meryl Streep began her acting career with a level of worship typically reserved for seasoned veterans. From her early work in “The Deer Hunter” (1978) and “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), it quickly became apparent to the sharpest of critics – even the most casual of moviegoers – that the chameleon-like Streep was an unparalleled master of character, accents and genres.
Streep married sculptor Don Gummer in 1978. They have four children: Henry “Hank” Wolfe Gummer,Mary Willa “Mamie” Gummer, Grace Jane Gummer and Louisa Jacobson Gummer. Both Mamie and Grace are actresses.Hank is a musician who performs under the name Henry Wolfe.
Over the years, Streep actively drew meaning to her life beyond the screen. She was as tireless with her charitable campaigns for children and adults as she was with acting and her family life.
The actress often lent her name and time to assisting the efforts of organizations working on the issues of AIDS research, arts and literacy issues, poverty and human rights among others. Not one to merely grandstand, however, Streep co-founded an organization of her own in Connecticut called Mothers & Others in 1989 which educated parents about the dangerous of pesticides in foods. The organization led a fight against the use of Alar, a pesticide used on various common foods such as apples and helped spearhead several government mandates, including the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act regulating pesticides on food before ceasing to exist in 2001.”
Read Meryl’s biography
Here are some inspiring Meryl Streep quotes:
“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.
Everything gets reduced to essentials.”
“My family really does come first.
It always did and always will.”
“I have a holistic need to work and to have huge ties of love
in my life. I can’t imagine eschewing one for the other.”
“Every single decision I make about what material I do, what I’m putting out in the world, is because of my children.”
“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”