the chameleons: Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

In a career of over forty years (so far) Meryl Streep has adopted a stunning variety of accents and appearances: Marrgaret Thatcher; Miranda Priestly; Lindy Chamberlain; Karen Silkwood; holocaust survivor among them – though perhaps it will be difficult to beat the Rabbi in Angels in America.

Along the way she has won three Oscars; two BAFTAs; eight Golden Globes; Best Actress at Cannes; plus enough other awards to fill a pretty big nantlepiece and innumerable nominations.

J Roy Helland has worked on Meryl Streep’s makeup for many of her movies – from A Cry in the Dark (1988) to The Iron Lady (2011).

The characters

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016): Coming soon …

Suffragette (2015): Coming soon …

Ricki and the Flash (2014): Coming soon …

Into the Woods (2014): A witch (Meryl Streep) tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. Peter Swords King was the hair & makeup designer; J Roy Helland was credited for the Witch’s hair & makeup; Matthew Smith was the prosthetic makeup designer for the Witch; FangsFX provided the teeth.

The Giver (2014): Coming soon …

August: Osage County (2013): Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) is a dysfunctional woman who is now stricken by cancer. Carla White was the department head makeup; J Roy Helland was the hair & makeup designer for Meryl Streep; Matthew W. Mungle was responsible for her prosthetic makeup.

The Iron Lady (2011): She played Margaret Thatcher – coming soon …

Julie & Julia (2009): Coming soon …

Doubt (2008): Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved Principal of a catholic school, sets off on a personal crusade against a charismatic priest. Todd Kleitsch was the key makeup artist; J Roy Helland was the hair & makeup artist for Meryl Streep.

Mamma Mia! (2008): Donna (Meryl Streep), who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos, is in an awkward position when her daughter Sophie invites three men, any one of of whom could be her father, to her wedding.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006): She played Miranda Priestly – coming soon …

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004): She played Aunt Josephine – coming soon …

Angels in America (2003): She played four characters – Hannah Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg, a rabbi & an angel – in this overblown, over-hyped, over-long and gimmicky mini-series. J Roy Helland was the makeup and hair designer; Joseph A Campayno was the key makeup artist.

The Hours (2002): She played Clarissa Vaughan. J Roy Helland was the hair stylist and makeup artist for Meryl Streep.

Adaptation (2002): She played Susan Orlean. Joel Harlow was the makeup department head; J Roy Helland was the hair stylist and makeup artist for Meryl Streep. Tina Earnshaw was the makeup designer; J Roy Helland was the hair stylist and makeup artist for Meryl Streep.

One True Thing (1998): She played Kate Gulden – coming soon …

Dancing at Lughnasa (1998): She played Kate ‘Kit’ Mundy in this movie set in rural Ireland in the 1930s – coming soon …

Marvin's Room (1996): She played Lee. J Roy Helland was the hair stylist and makeup artist for Meryl Streep.

The House of the Spirits (1993): She played Clara del Valle Trueba in this adaption of Isabel Allende’s novel. J Roy Helland was the hair stylist and makeup artist for Meryl Streep; Nick Dudman was the makeup effects artist.

Death Becomes Her (1992): She played the ageing – and later undead – actress Madeline Ashton. Dick Smith was the makeup designer; Kevin Haney was the prosthetic makeup supervisor; J Roy Helland was the hair stylist & makeup artist for Meryl Streep.

Postcards from the Edge (1990): She played the substance-addicted actress Suzanne Vale. J. Roy Helland was the hair stylist & makeup artist.

She-Devil (1989): She played Mary Fisher – coming soon …

A Cry in the Dark (1988): She played Lindy Chamberlain, the mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in outback Australia. Noriko Watanabe was the head of the makeup department; J Roy Helland was the makeup artist for Meryl Streep.

Ironweed (1987): She played Helen Archer – coming soon …

Silkwood (1983): She played Karen Silkwood – coming soon …

Sophie’s Choice 1982): She played the damaged holocaust-survivor Sophie. J Roy Helland was the makeup artist for Meryl Streep.

Still of the Night (1982): She played Brooke Reynolds – coming soon …

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1980): She played the actress Anna and Sarah, her character in the movie-within-the movie. Sue Barradell was the makeup artist.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979): She played Joanna Kramer. Allen Weisinger was the makeup artist.

Holocaust (1978): She played Inga Helms Weiss in this mini-series. Hasso von Hugo was the makeup department head.