Last week Meryl Streep received an honorary doctorate by the Indiana University Bloomington. In her acceptance speech she said: "I think I was probably like every other girl who puts on a princess dress and expects everyone to pay full and total attention. And most of us grow out of that. [At Vassar College] 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." She also remembered that she hated her nose. The doctorate was awarded to her "for her extraordinary talents, her highly visible place in the arts and her role as a powerful advocate for women".