Everything that truly makes us happy is quite simple: love, sex, and food! Everything else – power, influence, strength – all those things can overpower what’s important in life. But as long as you have food and shelter over your head, if the necessities are taken care of, what makes us happy on top of that is very simple. - Meryl Streep

“These images in magazines have a profound effect on young girls - even more now than when I was growing up.” At the age of 13 Streep put herself through a makeover even more drastic than that of her assistant in The Devil Wears Prada: she dyed her mousy hair blonde, swapped her glasses for contact lenses and became a cheerleader. “Girls become fixated on how they looked. I remember trying to look like like Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy - and they’re at the mirror all the time, hoping it will tell them about who they are.” - Meryl Streep (2006)

“I’d be really upset if my life changed, if everyone stopped me on the street,” says Streep, a Nordic-Dutch beauty whose looks and manner suggest a wisecracking milkmaid. Keeping her anonymity will be a problem; one of New York’s reigning stage actresses after only three years in the city, Streep is now on a formidable movie streak. “The day after the Emmys,” she says, “someone came to me in Bloomingdale’s and said ‘Did anyone ever tell you that you look exactly like Meryl what’s-her-name?’ I said, 'No, nobody ever did, but thanks anyway." 

Meryl Streep in 1978