June 22, 2014 at 1:32 PM ET
The actress to whom all other contemporary actresses compare themselves celebrates her 65th birthday today, June 22. While we love for her razor sharp wit and onscreen skills (she is, after all, the most Oscar-nominated actress in history, with 18 nods), what we really admire about Meryl Streep is her confidence. The actress, who has been very vocal about being against plastic surgery to look younger, proves that age ain’t nothing but a number, and like a fine wine, she’s only getting better with time.
“The good thing about getting older is that when they actually do cast you it’s often something interesting,” Streep once told Good Housekeeping. “You have to embrace getting older. Life is precious, and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize each day is a gift.”
Take a look back at Streep through the years: