Meryl Streep Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 25 Aug, 2017
Facts of Meryl Streep
Date of Birth: 1949 , June-22
Age: 69 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Meryl Streep
Birth Name Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep
Nick Name Meryl
Father Mary Wolf Wilkinson (1915–2001)(Commercial Artist and Art Editor)
Mother Harry William Streep Jr. (1910–2003)(Pharmaceutical Executive)
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Summit, New Jersey, United States
Religion Agnostic
Ethnicity white
Profession Actress
Net Worth $90 Million
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Blonde
Body Measurements 38-34-39
Breast Size 38
Waist size 34
Hip Size 39
Shoe Size 8.5 US
Weight in KG 72kg
Affair with John Cazale (1976–78; his death)
Married Yes
Married to Don Gummer (m. 1978)
Children Mamie Gummer, Henry Wolfe, Grace Gummer, Louisa Gummer
Education Academy Award f
Siblings Dana David Streep (Younger Brother) (Actor), Harry William III (Younger Brother) (Actor and Producer)
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Synopsis

Meryl Streep is an America actress and philanthropist, well recognized for her versatility in her roles, transformations into characters she plays, and her accent adaptation.

Early life and education

Mary Louise Streep was born on 22 June 1949, in Summit, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Mary Wolf Wilkinson who is a commercial artist, also art editor, and Harry William Streep Jr., a pharmaceutical executive.

Streep also has two younger brothers, Dana David and Harry William.  Though she was born in Summit, Meryl Streep grew up in Presbyterian in Basking Ridge, where she attended Cedar Hill Elementary School, also Oak Street School.

During her Junior High Debut Streep starred as Louise Heller in the play "The Family Upstairs." At her age of 12, she was selected to sing in school recital which led her to take opera lessons from Estelle Liebling.

Streep had many Catholic schools friends, regularly attended mass. Though in high school, she appeared in numerous school plays, Streep was not much interested in a serious theater until her acting in the play Miss Julie at Vassar College in the year 1969. She graduated receiving BA cum Laude from the College.

In the year 1971, before applying for an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, Streep supplemented her course fees by waitressing and typing and appeared in a dozen stage production a year.

Career

Meryl Streep began her career on the New York stage in the late 1960s and appeared in several Broadway productions some of them including 1977 revival of the Anton Chekhov drama the Cherry Orchard.

Meryl Streep stepped into film industry for the first time in the year 1970 playing a role in the 1977 drama Julia.

The following year she appeared in the Deer Hunter opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, which made her earn first Academy Award Nomination for the best-supporting actress.

In the year 1978, Streep won Primetime Emmy for her role in the movie Holocaust for the first time. Followingly, in 1979, Streep's portrayal of a woman who abandons her family only to come back and fight for custody for her son in Kramer vs. Kramer, made her win Academy Award for a best-supporting actress.

Streep also got a chance to show her skills in comic writing as a villain in the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate in 2004. Carrying on to explore lighthearted fare, Streep also appeared in a movie "Prime," which is a romantic comedy movie with Uma Thurman and Bryan Greenberg.

Later on, Streep appeared in 2008 film Doubt, which addresses sexual abuse in the Catholic church. She portrayed as a nun who becomes suspicious of a priestly behavior towards a young student.

In the year 2009, Streep took on one of the culinary world's most loved figures, Julia Child. She portrayed as the famous chef in the film Julie & Julia, a movie based on the best-selling nonfiction book of the same title.

For her role in that movie, Streep got Golden Globe Award for lead actress in a comedy, also received an Academy Awards nomination.

Streep's hard work on another hit movies named The Iron Lady, made her win third Academy Award in 2012. As in her acceptance speech, she said "When they called my name, I had this feeling that I could hear half of America going, 'Oh no! Come on, why her? Again!"    

Moreover, Meryl Streep has won few Oscar awards too. The first time she won an Oscar nod for her work in Music of the Heart which was released in 1999.

In 2014, Streep got another Oscar, and Golden Globe Award for her portrayal in the violate family drama August Osage County.
After a few years, in 2017 January, Streep was nominated for another Oscar for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins, as it's her 20th Oscar nominations.

Personal life

Meryl Streep, had lots of ups and downs in her personal life, Streep's relationship with her first husband, an actor John Cazale for three years until he died from lung cancer in March 1978.

Later, Streep married sculptor Don Gummer, right after six months after Cazale's death. The couple has four children together, Henry, a musician, Grace and Mamie, an actress and Louisa, model.

Besides her married life, On 8 Jan 2017, Streep accepted the Cecil B. Demille Award for Lifetime Achievement, during the Golden Globes. The speech Streep gave was deeply political, that was criticizing the president-elect Donald Trump. She said Trump had a very stable platform and was used inappropriately.

Net worth

Meryl Streep earns an enormous amount of money from her several successful careers, as she is living a happy and luxurious life with her family in Los Angelos. The couple has bought a $3 million mansion in 1990. Meryl Streep has a net worth of $90 Million whereas her husband Don Gummer has a net worth of  $10million. 

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