In honor of the upcoming Oscars, for this week's Bella Donna I've got Meryl Streep on the mind. With an astounding 15 nominations and two wins, she's considered to be the greatest living actress by many. Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949, she earned her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. Oh, did I mention she can sing, too?
Married for over thirty years, the mother of four is known for her long blond hair, high cheekbones, porcelain skin, and long, thin nose with deviated septum. According to the IMDb, she has declined to have it fixed, with filmmakers avoiding close-up shots or straight-on angles.
Earlier this month, Streep told Radio Times Magazine, "My daughters had helped me to stop worrying about my appearance over the years. I wasted so many years thinking I wasn't pretty enough and why didn't I have Jessica Lange's body or someone else's legs? What a waste of time." As for the 2009 Oscars, she's nominated for her role in the movie Doubt for which she portrays a nun — makeup-free. We'll have to wait until Sunday to see if Streep wins her third Oscar, but in the meantime, check out my gallery below for some pictures of the distinguished star throughout the years.