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Birth information

22 June 1949 Summit, New Jersey, USA

Given Name

Mary Louise Streep

How tall is Meryl Streep?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Don Gummer

Life Story of Meryl Streep

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep, Jr., a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of German and Swiss-German descent, and her mother had English, Irish, and German ancestry.

Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. She gave an outstanding performance in her first film role, Julia (1977), and the next year she was nominated for her first Oscar for her role in The Deer Hunter (1978). She went on to win the Academy Award for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982), in which she gave a heart-wrenching portrayal of an inmate mother in a Nazi death camp.

A perfectionist in her craft and meticulous and painstaking in her preparation for her roles, Meryl turned out a string of highly acclaimed performances over the next decade...

Significant features of Meryl Streep

Known for being a perfectionist when preparing for roles
Known for her ability to master almost any accent
Frequently plays real-life characters: Julia Child, Ethel Rosenberg, Karen Silkwood, Karen Blixen, Roberta Guaspari, Lindy...

How much money has Meryl Streep earned?

The Deer Hunter (1978) $35,000
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) $75,000
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) $350,000
Sophie's Choice (1982) $750,000
Falling in Love (1984) $2,000,000
Out...

Publications and Magazines about Meryl Streep

Nick Smurthwaite The Meryl Streep Story. 1984
Diana Maychick Meryl Streep: The Reluctant Superstar. 1984
Karina Longworth Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. 2014

What movies did Meryl Streep play or participate?

Producers Filmography
...First Do No Harm (1997) ,
Actors Filmography
Little Women (2019) Aunt March, The Laundromat (2019) Ellen Martin, Big Little Lies (2019) Mary Louise Wright, Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Cousin Topsy, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Donna, The Post (2017) Kay Graham, Shoulders (2016) Narrator, Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Florence Foster Jenkins, Die Schutzbrüder (2016) Narrator, Suffragette (2015) Emmeline Pankhurst, Ricki and the Flash (2015) Ricki, Into the Woods (2014) Witch, Hüter der Erinnerung - The Giver (2014) Chief Elder,...

Birth information

22 June 1949 Summit, New Jersey, USA

Given Name

Mary Louise Streep

How tall is Meryl Streep?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Don Gummer

Life Story of Meryl Streep

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep, Jr., a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of German and Swiss-German descent, and her mother had English, Irish, and German ancestry.

Meryl's early performing ambitions leaned toward the opera. She became interested in acting while a student at Vassar and upon graduation she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. She gave an outstanding performance in her first film role, Julia (1977), and the next year she was nominated for her first Oscar for her role in The Deer Hunter (1978). She went on to win the Academy Award for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982), in which she gave a heart-wrenching portrayal of an inmate mother in a Nazi death camp.

A perfectionist in her craft and meticulous and painstaking in her preparation for her roles, Meryl turned out a string of highly acclaimed performances over the next decade...

Significant features of Meryl Streep

Known for being a perfectionist when preparing for roles
Known for her ability to master almost any accent
Frequently plays real-life characters: Julia Child, Ethel Rosenberg, Karen Silkwood, Karen Blixen, Roberta Guaspari, Lindy...

How much money has Meryl Streep earned?

The Deer Hunter (1978) $35,000
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) $75,000
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) $350,000
Sophie's Choice (1982) $750,000
Falling in Love (1984) $2,000,000
Out...

Publications and Magazines about Meryl Streep

Nick Smurthwaite The Meryl Streep Story. 1984
Diana Maychick Meryl Streep: The Reluctant Superstar. 1984
Karina Longworth Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. 2014

What movies did Meryl Streep play or participate?

Producers Filmography
...First Do No Harm (1997) ,
Actors Filmography
Little Women (2019) Aunt March, The Laundromat (2019) Ellen Martin, Big Little Lies (2019) Mary Louise Wright, Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Cousin Topsy, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Donna, The Post (2017) Kay Graham, Shoulders (2016) Narrator, Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Florence Foster Jenkins, Die Schutzbrüder (2016) Narrator, Suffragette (2015) Emmeline Pankhurst, Ricki and the Flash (2015) Ricki, Into the Woods (2014) Witch, Hüter der Erinnerung - The Giver (2014) Chief Elder,...

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Meryl Streep in Little Women (2019)

Named Best Modern Actress in an Entertainment Weekly online poll, substantially beating out runner-up Michelle Pfeiffer. [September 1999]

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Meryl Streep in Little Women (2019)

Learned to play the violin, by practicing six hours a day for eight weeks, for her role in Music of the Heart (1999).

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Meryl Streep and Saoirse Ronan in Little Women (2019)

Has a fear of helicopters.

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Liev Schreiber and Meryl Streep in Der Manchurian Kandidat (2004)

Ranked #24 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

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Received her Bachelor's degree cum laude from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (1971).

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Meryl Streep and Coral Peña in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Was romantically involved with actor John Cazale for two years, culminating with his death at age 42 in 1978 from lung cancer. She is very reluctant to discuss the relationship with anyone. The couple had been sharing a loft at 146 Franklin Street in Manhattan's Tribeca district.

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Attended and graduated from Bernards High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey (1967).

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Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, and Jesse Plemons in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Before succeeding as an actress, she was a waitress at the Hotel Somerset in Somerville, New Jersey.

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Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Tracy Letts in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school.

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Meryl Streep and Francis Dumaurier in Die Verlegerin (2017)

She left her just-claimed Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) on the back of a toilet during the 1979 festivities.

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Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Juliana Davies in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Replaced Madonna for the lead role of Roberta Guaspari in Music of the Heart (1999).

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Meryl Streep and Tracy Letts in Die Verlegerin (2017)

In 2001, her son, Henry W. Gummer ("Hank") was a student at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

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Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep in Die Brücken am Fluß (1995)

Sister-in-law of Maeve Kinkead.

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Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep in Die Brücken am Fluß (1995)

Tennessee Williams wanted her for a film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the 1980s. When Streep proved unavailable, the project was refashioned for television and the role of Blanche given to Ann-Margret.

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Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep in Die Brücken am Fluß (1995)

Has a deviated septum, which she refuses to have fixed.

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Meryl Streep in Tanz in die Freiheit (1998)

The children's television series Sesame Street (1969) has featured a character named "Meryl Sheep" in her honor.

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Was originally supposed to play the role of Iris Hineman in Minority Report (2002), but had to back out. She was replaced by Lois Smith.

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Meryl Streep, Brid Brennan, and Sophie Thompson in Tanz in die Freiheit (1998)

Her character Karen Silkwood from her film Silkwood (1983) was ranked #47 on the American Film Institute Heroes list of the 100 years of the Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.

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Meryl Streep and Bradley Whitford in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Presented Paul McCartney with the 1990 Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Attended The Beatles concert at Shea Stadium in 1965 with an "I love Paul" sign, which she mentioned when presenting the award to McCartney.

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Meryl Streep in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Older sister of Harry Streep and Dana Streep.

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Spent a year as a transfer student at Dartmouth College where she participated in theater.

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Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, and Barbara Harris in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Originally applied to Law School but slept in on the morning of her interview and took it as a sign she was destined for other things.

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Sigourney Weaver and Christine Estabrook were fellow classmates at Yale Drama School.

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Back at Yale Drama School, she and Sigourney Weaver appeared in a play staged in a swimming pool together. The play was called "The Frogs".

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

May 27, 2004 was proclaimed "Meryl Streep Day" by Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields. [May 2004]

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She was voted the 37th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

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As a young actor, she performed at the Yale Repertory Theater with Christopher Lloyd.

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Alan Alda and Meryl Streep in Die Verführung des Joe Tynan (1979)

Has only been turned down for five roles: Dwan in 'King Kong' (1976), Michelle Straton in American Gigolo (1980), Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams (1985), Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day (1993), and Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998).

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Mentioned by first name only (with two-time co-star Jack Nicholson) in Michael Crichton's novel "State of Fear" (2004).

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Took serious singing lessons. At age 12, she studied to become an opera singer.

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Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep in Die durch die Hölle gehen (1978)

Is the second of four consecutive winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to have the initials "M.S.". The others are: Maggie Smith - California Suite (1978), Mary Steenburgen - Melvin and Howard (1980), and Maureen Stapleton - Reds (1981).

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Received her honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) from Middlebury College during her nephew's graduation (2004).

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Meryl Streep in Die Verlegerin (2017)

She attended Harding Township Middle School in Harding, New Jersey for one or two years.

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Sold her New York City townhouse for $9.1 million in February 2006. She was forced to slash the asking price for the eight-bedroom Manhattan property from $12 million to secure a sale. Streep bought the house for $2.2 million in 1995, according to the New York Post.

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Meryl Streep in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Her performance as Sophie Zawistowska in Sophie's Choice (1982) is ranked #3 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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Meryl Streep in Die Verlegerin (2017)

Her performance as Karen Silkwood in Silkwood (1983) is ranked #71 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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