Traveling to California and making it big as an actor is something that a lot of people dream about. It’s a chance that many people take, but only few succeed. You have so many actors in Hollywood begging for small roles to open doors for them so one day they will be able to be placed in a much larger role and hopefully make their name known across the nation. A person like Marilyn Monroe, an actress and model who is famous for her seductiveness and making the“dumb blond” personality so well known, automatically comes to mind when talking about the greatest Hollywood stars of all time. Or maybe Harrison Ford, an actor known for playing Han Solo in the original Star Wars and playing as the iconic Indiana Jones, can be put as number one on the list. But what about Meryl Streep, a woman who has personified herself as one of the greatest actresses of all time through her character transformations and the perfect vocals of her accents? Streep has been around since the 70s, making people laugh, cry, cheer and express anger, sometimes all in the same movie. While the actress is well-known around the globe , she has endured a great deal of opposition.

mer1When facing opposition, it is understood by most that you must face your adversary head on and face the fear of rejection and failure. This is something that Streep learned at a young age. On January 9, 2015, Streep was a guest on The Graham Norton Show, a British comedy talk show that broadcasts in the UK. On the show, she recalled being rejected for Dino De Laurentiis’ 1976 film, King Kong. “The father said to his son in Italian, ‘Why did you bring me this?’” But Streep, being able to speak and write Italian fluently, responded to Dino by saying in Italian, “I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong.” She admits that at that time she felt a little heartbroken and uneasy, but now, it’s something she can laugh about.

When you pull a random stranger aside and ask them if they have heard of the name Meryl Streep, they will most likely say something along the lines of, “Meryl Streep? Dude, who hasn’t heard of her?” An actress who has won countless awards for her spectacular acting skills can’t be overlooked. I think the reason her popularity is so large and grand is because of her successful acting career…and you can throw in her ravishing looks. Still now, being 66 years old she still has the looks to turn a man’s head. It important that we realize the art that she has given us over the past three decades, and it’s crucial we recognize her fantastic onstage performances. Yes, her onstage performances are amazing, but it doesn’t hurt to look good while doing it, now does it?


From a very young age, Streep’s mother became a mentor to her by instilling a sense of confidence in her. Her mother, encouraged her to follow her dream. Surprisingly, the famous actress was more of an introvert when she was a child and she didn’t break out of her shell until high school. During her young years, she was the girl in class with the thick, horn-rimmed glasses and the messy hair. In elementary and middle school, she wasn’t one to make her presence known in class. She would be considered the quiet kid at the back of the room, but at home her personality was entirely different. While she was a shy girl during school hours, once she got home she would run around the house, showing off in front of her parents’ video camera. She would sing and dance while the camera was recording, which eventually led to Streep enrolling in opera lessons. She sung at school recitals but she didn’t like what she was doing, and she quit soon after. Her life became revolved around her friends at her Catholic school and where she attended mass. It wasn’t until leaving her Catholic school and going her own way in life that she found the enjoyment of acting.

Throughout high school, Streep appeared in several plays with her classmates, yet she wasn’t interested in theatre seriously. However, at Vassar College, a liberal arts school in New York, she became widely known across the campus after acting the lead role in Miss Julie, a Swedish play based in the late 1800s. Students and professors alike were astonished with her acting and her fluid accent that she portrayed onstage. Her amazing acting skills earned her a Bachelors of Arts degree at Vassar College, and just four years later in 1975, she earned a Masters of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama. It was here that she had her greatest struggles. She was able to obtain a lot of acting roles and stage productions throughout her time at the drama school, but she became overworked by trying to juggle her acting career with her school life, not to mention her waitressing and typing jobs. Several times she thought about quitting her acting career and just watching other actors from the sidelines. She contemplated switching her major to law and studying to insert herself into the justice system. Luckily for us, Streep was able to fight through her obstacles, graduate from her school, and go on to become the Meryl Streep we know today.

mer4Streep is known by many as one of the best film actors of all time, and judging by her career, it’s easy to see why anyone would concur. Receiving 29 Golden Globe nominations throughout her long and successful career is an amazing achievement, but honestly, I still think that it’s an understatement. Winning eight more nominations than any other actor or actress in history is something that shouldn’t be stated unless there’s several exclamation points following shortly after. In her time, she has also earned five different New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two Australian Film Institute awards and five Grammy nominations, just to mention a few. Just five years ago, President Barack Obama awarded Streep with a National Medal of Arts, a prestigious art award given to the most talented artist through Congress, and later in 2014, the U.S. President gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a medal given to civilians who have made an impact on the world through world peace, art or cultural endeavors. Just knowing that she received two honorable awards through Congress because of her films should earn her a lot of respect.


It would be nearly impossible to talk about all of the films that Streep has played a role in, significant and minor, but one of her most crucial films would probably be Taxi Driver, a film that she had no involvement in. The film is about a loner who finds a job as a taxi driver and becomes a vigilante. Though she had no role in the film, she saw the performance of Robert De Niro, an actor known for being in an array of films, and absolutely loved it. She knew that she wanted to have a performance as grand as De Niro’s and she set out and only strived for her best. She underwent auditions for several films including the lead role in Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong, but ultimately failed. It wasn’t until 1977 in her supporting role in Julia that she became known. It was here that she played alongside Jane Fonda. She only had a small flashback sequence where she appeared for a few minutes with most of her line edited, but it was the point when she became a true actress.

Streep has gone through several struggles but emerged victorious. That could be the thesis of her life. But undergoing the difficulties in school and during her acting career has increased her acting skills even further over the years, and even though she’s in her mid-60s, she still has the ability to steal the spotlight whenever she’s onstage. It’s the curse she was born with.

-Te’Ron Adams

Many people may wonder where a man like Tyson Beckford came from. He may appear as if he’s had it all since day one. You know the story, a wealthy family, a great education, growing up in a nice neighborhood: THE WORKS.

The truth is Tyson Beckford grew up in the streets of New York. The Bronx to be exact and he was born with the good looks. But his wealth did not come into his life until 1991. At that time, he jumped on one opportunity that paved the way for many blessings to come. Tyson is of Jamaican and Chinese descent (hence his very slanted but gorgeous eyes). He never imagined growing up to become a supermodel. Instead he was into sports and was a member of his high school’s football and track teams. One day while playing flag football in a park with friends, Tyson was noticed by a talent scout who worked for the Source magazine. And from then on his career as a model began to take off.

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