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Meryl Streep: I thought I was too ugly to be an actress

  | April 23, 2014 11:58 IST (Los Angeles)
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Meryl has 18 Oscar nominations to her credit, the most for any actor or actress in Hollywood

'The only reason I have a career at 64 is that I have had hits later in life'

Hollywood actress Meryl Streep says that at the start of her career, she thought her looks weren't good enough to make her a success in the industry.
Apart from winning three Academy awards, Meryl, 64, is also the most Oscar nominated actor in Hollywood with 18 nominations to her credit. (Also read: Meryl even put her health on the line for movies)
"I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress. Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren't fabulous then. Many of my friends woke up at 3 years of age and said, 'I have to be on stage'," Streep told E!Online.
"I never had that. I have always been an omnivore, interested in way too many things, but (finally) I found the one profession that fed all my appetites," she added.
Streep, one if the rare actresses over 50 being cast in lead roles, said, "When I was 40, I was offered three witches (roles) in one summer. And I thought, 'OK, this is it. You turn 40, and oh my god.' The only reason I have a career at 64 is that I have had hits later in life. I have found that once certain movies are out, audiences aren't so age-phobic. They were willing, and they were happy," she added.


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