“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