Celebrate Meryl Streep's 73rd Birthday with These Gorgeous Throwbacks

The Oscar winner — who turns 73 on June 22 — has a life and career many in Hollywood only dream of

01 of 20

1978

Meryl Streep
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Streep was ready for her close-up, one year after her screen debut in the TV film, The Deadliest Season.

02 of 20

1979

Meryl Streep
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The actress was spotted hailing a cab outside Joseph Papp's Public Theater - the same year her critically acclaimed film, Kramer vs. Kramer, was released.

03 of 20

1979

Queen And Streep
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... and the buzz surrounding the film and its star even caught the attention of Queen Elizabeth II, who attended a royal screening of Kramer vs. Kramer in London.

04 of 20

1979

51st Annual Academy Awards
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Streep and her longtime love, husband Don Gummer, were picture-perfect at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the L.A. Music Center.

05 of 20

1980

MERYL STREEP
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Congrats were in order for Streep, who scooped up the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Kramer vs. Kramer.

06 of 20

1981

Actress Meryl Streep riding in a NYC subway train.
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Despite winning an Oscar, the star was not above riding the N.Y.C. subway like a pro.

07 of 20

1983

55th Academy Awards
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It wasn't long before Streep won her second Oscar - this time a Best Actress trophy for her work in Sophie's Choice.

08 of 20

1989

Backstage At The Rolling Stones' 'Steel Wheels' Tour
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Oh, to have been a fly in this room! Streep joined Hollywood heavyweights Michael Douglas, Barbra Streisand and Jerry Hall as the foursome posed with Mick Jagger backstage at the Rolling Stones' "Steel Wheels" tour.

09 of 20

1990

"Postcards from the Edge" Century City Premiere
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Streep, who portrayed a character inspired by Carrie Fisher in Postcards from the Edge, joined in for a huddle with the Star Wars alumna and her mother Debbie Reynolds at the film's premiere.

10 of 20

2004

56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room
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Winning big! The lauded actress posed with her Emmy following her and Angels in America costar Al Pacino's win for outstanding miniseries.

11 of 20

2006

20th Century Fox Premieres The Devil Wears Prada - Arrivals
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For the premiere of The Devil Wears Prada, in which she played fashion editor Miranda Priestly, Streep enlisted her look-alike daughters Mamie, Grace and Louisa to join her on the red carpet.

12 of 20

2010

38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show
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Helen Mirren joined Streep and Cher - who together once saved a woman from an attacker on the streets of New York - during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Awards honoring Mike Nichols.

13 of 20

2011

2011 Kennedy Center Honors Gala Dinner
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In December, the star was one of five recipients of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. The other honorees were Yo-Yo Ma, Neil Diamond, Sonny Rollins and Barbara Cook.

14 of 20

2012

84th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room
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Streep proudly held up her third Oscar, for her Best Actress performance in The Iron Lady, at the ceremony's press room. She currently holds the record for having the most Academy Award nominations in the acting category.

15 of 20

2014

Obama Awards 19 Americans With Presidential Medal Of Freedom
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During his second term, President Barack Obama presented Streep with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive.

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2016

2016 Public Theater Gala
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Proving she's a chameleon in every sense of the word, Streep dressed up as then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump for a surprise appearance at the Public Theater Gala in N.Y.C.

17 of 20

2017

74th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show
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The Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient took the stage at the Golden Globes to take aim at Donald Trump in a fiery speech, two months after the former reality star was elected into office. "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence," she said. "The powerful - use definition to bully others, we all lose."

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2018

'The Post' European Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals
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Director Steven Spielberg, Streep and costar Tom Hanks got their photos taken as they made their way down the red carpet at the London premiere of The Post.

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2018

The National Board Of Review Annual Awards Gala - Inside
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All love! Longtime friends Robert De Niro and Streep quickly kissed during the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala, following the actor's speech praising the star.

20 of 20

2018

90th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
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"Our marriage and our children and their wellbeing inform all the decisions we make," Streep once said about life with husband Don Gummer.

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