THR fetes Streep with Lansing nod
EmptyOscar winner Meryl Streep will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, to be held Dec. 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The Lansing award is designed to recognize women who have been pioneers or leaders in their field in the entertainment industry. The Women in Entertainment breakfast, sponsored by Lifetime Television, will be held in conjunction with the publication of The Reporter's 15th annual "Women in Entertainment Power 100" special issue.
"We are thrilled to honor Meryl Streep as this year's recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Ms. Streep is one of the most respected and most acclaimed actresses of all time," said John Kilcullen, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and president of the Film & Performing Arts Group. "Ms. Streep embodies all of the qualities of excellence and achievement that the award is designed to represent. Her work on and off the screen inspires many."
Streep is two-time Academy Award winner who is generating Oscar buzz again for her work in Fox 2000's summer hit "The Devil Wears Prada." She was honored in 2004 with the AFI Life Achievement Award. Her upcoming feature projects include Focus Features' "Evening."
A graduate of Yale Drama School, Streep honed her craft in repertory theater and starred on Broadway in the musical "Happy End." She earned the first of her 13 Oscar nominations for her second film, 1978's "The Deer Hunter." She won the supporting actress Oscar for 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer" and the lead actress trophy for 1982's "Sophie's Choice." Her most recent Academy Award nomination came for her supporting role in 2002's "Adaptation." On the small screen, Streep won her first Emmy for her role in the 1978 NBC miniseries "Holocaust," and she was recognized again with an Emmy in for HBO's 2003 miniseries "Angels in America."
As an activist, Streep was a co-founder of the environmental consumer advocacy group Mothers and Others, and she has been active with the nonprofit group Equality Now in seeking protection for the human rights of women and girls around the world.