Meryl Streep is often described (quite rightly) as one of our greatest living actresses, by critics, the public and her peers. But the three-time Oscar-winning actress wasn't always the confident woman we see in films and at awards ceremonies.
Addressing an audience at Indiana University, where she was accepting an honourary doctorate, Streep explained: 'I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress. Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren't fabulous then.'
'For young women, I would say, don't worry so much about your weight, Streep continued. 'Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things.'
By Olivia Marks