31. Streep is second in a series of Outstanding Supporting Actress Oscar winner with initials “M.S.” Maggie SmithStreep followed Streep’s lead in ’79. Mary SteenburgenIn 1980, Maureen StapletonIn ’81.

32. Elle lobbied hard for the role of lead in Oliver StoneThe 1989 version of EvitaHowever, she dropped out two months earlier than the shooting. Initially, she believed her walk had been due to exhaustion. However, it later emerged that there was an issue with her salary. She would be succeeded by Madonna in 1996.

33. Starring in 1990’s Cards from the Edge, written by Carrie Fisher as an adaptation of her semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Streep became godmother to Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd when she was born in 1992.

34. Streep had been in consideration early on for Ripley’s role. AlienCasting was underway. The role, of course, wound up going to her old Yale classmate Weaver. She was still able to contribute to the role. Alien 3In 1992, it was still in production. Many of the film’s special effects had been created in England, after Weaver and his cast returned to America. For some shots, Ripley needed a prosthetic head cast. Instead of flying Weaver home, the filmmakers used a Streep cast that was already in use for another project.

35. Streep only has five roles that she lost in her career. Dwan in King Kong, Michelle Straton in American GigoloPatsy Cline, in Sweet Dreams, Miss Kenton in The Rest of the DayElizabeth I Elizabeth.