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Meryl Streep to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Thu, Nov 3rd 2016 04:05 pm

8-time Golden Globe Award-winner to be honored Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced eight-time Golden Globe-winner Meryl Streep will be honored with the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 8. The 2017 Golden Globe Awards will air live coast-to-coast on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jimmy Fallon will host.

Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA, said, "It's no surprise that the HFPA has chosen Meryl Streep as the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Meryl's enthralling body of work across a diverse set of genres has made her a role model over the past 40 years, and she will continue to do so for generations to come. She has always taken roles with strong female leads, creating art by showing vulnerability and portraying truth on the big screen. Simply put, she is a trailblazer, having paved the way for women in television, film and stage. For shattering gender and age barriers, all with finesse and grace, the HFPA is humbled to bestow this honor upon her."

Chosen by the HFPA board of directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made an impact on the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include Denzel Washington (2016), George Clooney (2015), Woody Allen (2014), Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001) and Barbra Streisand (2000).

For almost 40 years, Streep has portrayed a unique array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television.

Streep was educated in the New Jersey public school system through high school, graduated cum laude from Vassar College, and received her MFA with honors from Yale University in 1975. She began her professional life on the New York stage, where she quickly established her signature versatility and verve as an actor. Within three years of graduation, she made her Broadway debut, won an Emmy ("Holocaust") and received her first Oscar nomination ("The Deer Hunter"). In 2015, Streep was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role as The Witch in "Into the Woods," marking her 29th recognition by the HFPA. In the same role, she earned her 19th Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. The three-time Academy Award-winner was recently seen in Stephen Frears' "Florence Foster Jenkins."

Streep is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been accorded a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and an honorary C├ęsar. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. In 2011, Streep received a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2014 the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She holds honorary doctorates from Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth and Indiana universities, the University Of New Hampshire, Lafayette, Middlebury and Barnard colleges.

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