Fresh off her decades-in-the-making third Academy Award victory, now seems the perfect time to take a look back at her unprecedented acting career. Widely considered one of the finest screen actresses living or dead, her gift with accents is almost as iconic as her darting eye movements. Streep is one of those performers who are imminently watcheable even if the movies are terrible (The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!). And yes, while she’s shone brightly in her fair share of duds, she does the same in movies that are actually good, too. Whether she’s playing a notable historical figure like Thatcher or Julia Child or a dry-witted monster like Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, you never stop seeing her. Each performance is a unique creation all its own, but you can still see her underneath it.
SPOTLIGHT: Meryl Streep