What do you get for the actress who's been given the most award nominations of anyone in her industry, living or dead?
That's the question we all must ponder as we prepare to celebrate Meryl Streep's 73rd birthday on Wednesday, June 22.
Yes, you read that right. The multi-hyphenate is continuing to celebrate more than seven decades around the sun, and we're all left to contemplate how best to fete a woman who's left us so powerfully entertained for almost all of those years.
Is there any material object than can even begin to measure up to all she's given us on screens big and small throughout her storied career? We shudder to think about the pressure her husband and children must feel on this all-important day.
So, rather than trying to express ourselves in trinkets and treasures, we thought we'd pay tribute to one of the finest actors to ever this earth by looking back at her life and career, one fascinating fact at a time.
For starters, did you know that Meryl isn't even her real name? You'll have to read on to find out what it actually is, but let's just say it's the only thing we hope she has in common with her Big Little Lies character and leave it at that.
A version of this story was first published on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 5 a.m. PT.