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10 Things You Didn't Know About Meryl Streep

She's no stranger to the spotlight, but there's still a lot you may not know about the Academy Award winner.
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Meryl Streep's powerful speech at the 74th Golden Globes was widely shared—and debated on social media. She's certainly no stranger to the spotlight—she has the most Academy Award nominations of any actor in history and has won three Oscars of her own. (She also happens to have the most Golden Globe nominations of any performer.) But there are a few things you may not know about this iconic actress.

From: Woman's Day

1. She once worked as a hotel waitress.
Streep grew up in Bernardsville, NJ, and served as a waitress at the Hotel Somerset in her youth. She also supported herself while at the Yale School of Drama by waitressing and typing.


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2. She believes in signs.
After graduating from Vassar College in 1971, Streep originally applied to law school but overslept the morning of her interview. She took this as a sign she was meant to do something else.


3. She almost quit after her first film.
According to Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor, Streep's small part in the 1977 Jane Fonda movie Julia was bad enough to make her doubt her career. "I had a bad wig and they took the words from the scene I shot with Jane and put them in my mouth in a different scene," said Streep. "I thought, I've made a terrible mistake, no more movies. I hate this business."

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4. She wrote her 'Kramer vs. Kramer' speech.
Streep wasn't satisfied with her character's courtroom speech, so she wrote her own. She reportedly told writer-director Robert Benton that her character came off "too evil" and didn't convey the reality of a woman going through a divorce.


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5. She left her first Oscar on the back of a toilet.
Streep won her first Academy Award for her supporting role in 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer. At some point during the night's festivities, she forgot her little gold man in the bathroom, according to IMDB.


6. She has only been turned down for four roles.
Those parts include: Michelle Straton in American Gigolo (1980), Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams (1985), Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day (1993), and Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998).

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7. She gained 20 pounds for 'The Bridges of Madison County.'
Streep allegedly put on 15 to 20 pounds for her role as middle-aged housewife Francesca Johnson in the 1995 film.


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8. She learned to play violin for 'Music of the Heart.'
Streep practiced the violin 6 hours a day for 8 weeks leading up to her portrayal of inner-city music teacher Roberta Guaspari.


9. She's been nominated for four Grammy Awards.
Streep was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 2008, for The One and Only Shrek and, most recently, for Best Compilation Soundtrack for 2009's Mamma Mia!

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10. She trained to be an opera singer.
Growing up, Streep took formal singing lessons, even studying opera at age 12. For Into the Woods, she sang most of her songs live, even though she had also pre-recorded them.


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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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