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Happy 65th birthday, Meryl Streep!

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:

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    Meryl Streep through the years

    The acclaimed actress, star of "Sophie's Choice" and "Julie & Julia," has received more Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations than any other person.

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    Actress Meryl Streep speaks after receiving the Monte Cristo Award, which celebrates a theater artist who exemplifies the spirit of the legendary Eugene O'Neill, at the Edison Ballroom in New York on April 21, 2014. It's just one of a multitude of honors received by Streep, who is considered by many to be one of the nation's finest actresses.

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    Streep was one of the famous faces who made history in Ellen DeGeneres' famed most-retweeted selfie, taken Oscar night, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. She's hiding behind host DeGeneres' shoulder.

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    In the 2013 film "August: Osage County," Streep plays the mother of three daughters whose mean streak and personal struggles haunt her entire family. Both Streep and Julia Roberts received Oscar nominations for their roles.

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    Golden night -

    Streep presented Daniel Day-Lewis with his best actor Oscar for "Lincoln" at the 2013 Academy Awards.

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  • 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Gala Dinner

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    Power pair -

    Streep takes a photo of herself with Hillary Clinton following a dinner for Kennedy Center honorees at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, on Dec. 1, 2012.

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    Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star in the 2012 romantic comedy film "Hope Springs."

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    Golden girl -

    Streep poses with her best-actress Oscar for "The Iron Lady" during the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, on Feb. 26, 2012.

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    Cover girl -

    Streep graced the January 2012 cover of VOGUE.

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    High honor -

    Streep, center back row, was one of five recipients of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. Also honored were musician Yo-Yo Ma, singer Neil Diamond, musician Sonny Rollins; and actress Barbara Cook.

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    Portrait of a 'Lady' -

    Even before any reviews had been released, there was plenty of Oscar buzz surrounding Streep's performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2011's "The Iron Lady."

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    Graduation day -

    Streep and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter speak after Streep was presented with an honorary degree during Harvard University Commencement, in Cambridge, Mass., on May 27, 2010.

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    Streep received a best actress Oscar nomination for playing beloved chef Julia Child in 2009's "Julie & Julia," about a blogger who's inspired to cook her way through Child's most famous cookbook.

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    'It's Complicated' -

    In the 2009 film "It's Complicated," Streep and Alec Baldwin play a long-divorced couple who find they're falling for each other again now that the kids are grown and their finances are secure.

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    With James Bond -

    Pierce Brosnan and Streep wave to the crowd at the world premiere of the movie version of "Mamma Mia!" on June 30, 2008, in London.

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    In "Mamma Mia!", the movie musical based on the ABBA stage musical, Streep plays the rebellious single mother of a bride-to-be who never met her father. The daughter invites three likely paternal candidates to her wedding, and the ensuing conflict triggers the performance of 22 ABBA hits including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All."

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    'Doubt' -

    Streep plays a nun and Philip Seymour Hoffman a priest in 2008's "Doubt," an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play.

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    Cash for charity -

    Streep holds up phones on the trading floor of ICAP, an international broker in financial markets, at the company's offices in Jersey City, N.J., on Dec. 10, 2008. Streep and other celebrities joined ICAP brokers for the day when all company revenues were to be donated to charities around the world.

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    A prince and a vice-president -

    Streep and former vice-president Al Gore present Britain's Prince Charles with Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment's 10th Anniversary Global Environmental Citizen Award at the Harvard Club in New York on Jan. 28, 2007. The prince received the award for his outstanding work toward protecting the global environment.

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    Streep starred with Tom Cruise and Robert Redford in 2007's "Lions for Lambs," about war in the Middle East. Cruise plays a senator who hopes to enlist the help of Streep's character, a TV journalist.

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  • 20th Century Fox Premieres The Devil Wears Prada - Arrivals

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    Mother and daughters -

    Streep and her daughters, from left, Louisa Gummer, Grace Grummer and Mamie Gummer attend the premiere of "The Devil Wears Prada," on June 19, 2006, in New York.

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    In the 2006 film "The Devil Wears Prada," Streep played Miranda Priestly, the vicious fashion-magazine editor who torments underling Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway.

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    Honor for 'Angels' -

    In 2004, Streep won the Golden Globe for best actress in a miniseries or television movie for her work in the AIDS epic, "Angels in America." She played four roles, including that of executed communist Ethel Rosenberg.

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    'The Manchurian Candidate' -

    Streep and Liev Schreiber starred in the 2004 remake of 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate."

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    'The Hours' -

    Streep starred with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman in 2002's "The Hours," based on Michael Cunningham's novel about three women connected by the work of writer Virginia Woolf.

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    'Adaptation' -

    Streep played writer Susan Orlean in 2002's "Adaptation," based on Orlean's book "The Orchid Thief" and the battle to adapt it into a film.

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    'Music of the Heart' -

    Streep's best actress nomination for 1999's "Music of the Heart" made her the second most nominated actress in history, after Katharine Hepburn.

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    Family portrait -

    Streep married sculptor Don Gummer in 1978. They have four children, including son Henry, seen here with his parents in this undated photo. Of their three daughters, two are actresses.

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    'The Bridges of Madison County' -

    Numerous critics thought that the movie version of "The Bridges of Madison County," which came out in 1995 and starred Streep and Clint Eastwood, was better than the syrupy best-selling book. Streep was again nominated for a best actress Oscar but did not win.

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    'Ironweed' -

    Streep was nominated for best actress for her role as Helen Archer in 1987's "Ironweed," but did not win.

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    'Out of Africa' -

    Streep starred with Robert Redford in 1985's "Out of Africa," based on the life of author Karen Blixen, who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen. The film won seven Oscars, including best picture and director, and its opening line, "I had a farm in Africa," became famous.

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    'Silkwood' -

    Streep, seen with Kurt Russell and Cher, played Karen Silkwood in 1983's "Silkwood." Karen Silkwood died in a suspicious car accident while trying to blow the whistle on actions at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant where she worked. The real Karen Silkwood was just 28 and a mother of three when she died in 1974.

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    'Sophie's Choice' -

    Streep won the best actress Oscar for the title role in 1982's "Sophie's Choice," about a Polish immigrant haunted by the horror that came upon her while in Auschwitz.

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    Streep starred with Jeremy Irons in the 1981 drama "The French Lieutenant's Woman."

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  • 52nd Annual Academy Awards - Pre-Party - April 13, 1980

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    Golden girl -

    Meryl Streep is seen at the 1980 Oscars, where she won the best supporting actress honor for "Kramer vs. Kramer."

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    1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the Oscar for best picture that year. Streep and Dustin Hoffman play divorcing parents fighting over their son, played by Justin Henry, top. The film was widely praised for tackling the topic of divorce and nationwide ideas about mothers receiving custody. Streep's character is awarded custody because she is the boy's mother, but in the end, tells her husband the boy is best with him.

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  • Queen And Streep

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    Streep met Queen Elizabeth II after the ruler was treated to a showing of "Kramer vs. Kramer" in London in 1979.

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  • THE DEERHUNTER

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    'The Deer Hunter' -

    Streep, seen with Robert De Niro, had a small role in 1978's "The Deer Hunter," which was much talked about for its scenes of prisoners of war in Vietnam forced to play Russian roulette. The film won five Oscars, including best picture. Director Michael Cimino reportedly let Streep write her own lines.

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    Bright college days -

    Streep is seen in the 1974 Yale Repertory Theatre production of "The Idiots Karamazov" when she was an acting student at Yale School of Drama. Streep earned an M.F.A. from the college, after earning her B.A. from Vassar College in 1971. The Yale Drama dean reportedly said, "It was immediately apparent that she was destined for greatness."

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