1. Meryl Streep
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Meryl Streep is the go-to actress when you describing someone at the top of the acting field. She is the quintessential triple threat; she can sing, she can dance, and she can act the crap of any part. She has too many award nominations to mention but she has won three Academy Awards, eight Golden Globes, and two BAFTAs. It’s hard to put into words what makes her such a talented actress but at root of it is her ability to embody a role completely. When it comes to Streep she doesn’t just act the part she seems to become the part. She has portrayed many, many iconic roles over her forty-year acting career and every one of them is the performance of a lifetime. Streep’s career has been a success both on the stage and screen and well deserving of a place on this list.