Known In The '70s For: Playing Joanna Kramer in Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

Streep is recognized as one of the greatest actors of all time but there was a time when she was just the cold woman in Kramer Vs. Kramer, which won her her first (of three) Academy Award. In fact, Streep (who said Woody Allen wouldn't let her improvise any of her lines in Manhattan) wrote a lot of her dialogue for the film, drawing inspiration from her own working mother.