Meryl Streep Biography, Age, Movies, Golden Globe, Husband and Children

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Meryl Streep Biography

Meryl Streep born Mary Louise is an American actress. She is often described as the “best actress of her generation”.  She is best known for her versatility and accent adaptation. She has been nominated for a record of 21 Academy Awards she has won three.  She has received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight  more nominations.  She has won more than any other actor.  Streep has also won three Primetime Emmy Awards and has been nominated for fifteen British Academy Film Awards, and seventeen Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning two each.

Her first performance on stage was in Trelawny of the Wells in 1975. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and A Memory of Two Mondays in 1976 . She made her screen debut in the television film The Deadliest Season in 1977 , and also made her film debut in Julia. Streep in 1978, she won an Emmy Award for her role in the mini-series Holocaust.  She also received her first Academy Award nomination for The Deer Hunter. She continued to win as Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).

Her  other Oscar-nominated roles were in The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa (1985), Ironweed (1987), Evil Angels (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), Adaptation (2002), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia (2009), August: Osage County (2013), Into the Woods (2014), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), and The Post (2017). She appeared again for the first time on stage after 20 years  in The Public Theater’s 2001 revival of The Seagull, where she won a second Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 2004 for the HBO mini-series Angels in America (2003).

In 2004 she  was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2008.  She was also awarded Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American culture through performing arts. She was awarded by president Barack Obama a 2010 National Medal of Arts  and in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France. In 2017 she was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Meryl Streep Age | How Old Is Meryl Streep

Meryl was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey. She is 69 years old as of 2018.

How Tall Is Meryl Streep

She stands at a height of 1.68 m.

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Meryl Streep Family

Streep was born  in Summit, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Mary Wilkinson Streep (née Mary Wolf Wilkinson, 1915-2001), a commercial artist and art editor; and Harry William Streep, Jr. (1910-2003), a pharmaceutical executive. Merly  has two younger brothers: Harry William Streep III (born 1951) and Dana David Streep (born 1953), who are also actors.

Meryl Streep Father

Harry her father was of German and Swiss ancestry. Streep’s father’s lineage traces back to Loffenau, Germany, from where her second great-grandfather, Gottfried Streeb, immigrated to the United States.   Also one of  her ancestors served as mayor (the surname was later changed to “Streep”). The other line of her father’s family was from Giswil, Switzerland. Her mother had English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Meryl Streep Mother

Streep  has compared her mother in both appearance and manner to Dame Judi Dench.  Her mother strongly encouraged her and instilled confidence in her from a very young age. Streep has stated that: “She was a mentor because she said to me, ‘Meryl, you’re capable. You’re so great.’ She was saying, ‘You can do whatever you put your mind to. If you’re lazy, you’re not going to get it done. But if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.’ And I believed her.” Despite that Streep was naturally more introverted than her mother, at times, when she later needed more instillation  of confidence in adulthood, she would consult her mother, asking her for advice.

Meryl Streep Education | Streep College | Meryl Streep High School

She attended Cedar Hill Elementary School and the Oak Street School, which was a Junior High school back then. During  her Junior High debut, she starred as Louise Heller in the play “The Family Upstairs”. The family moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey in 1963 , where she attended Bernards High School.

Streep  enrolled as a visiting student at Dartmouth College in the fall of 1970, and received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the college in 1981.

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Streep is married  to sculptor Don Gummer.  She got married six months after Cazale her first husband died. The couple has four children: one son and three daughters, son Henry Wolfe Gummer (born 1979), a musician; daughters Mary Willa “Mamie” Gummer (born 1983), an actress; Grace Jane Gummer (born 1986), an actress; Louisa Jacobson Gummer (born 1991), a model.

Meryl Streep First Husband

Before she married her current husband she lived with actor John Cazale for three years until his death from lung cancer in March 1978.  Streep said of his death:

“I didn’t get over it. I don’t want to get over it. No matter what you do, the pain is always there in some recess of your mind, and it affects everything that happens afterwards. I think you can assimilate the pain and go on without making an obsession of it”.

Where Does Meryl Streep Live

The family moved into a $1.8-million private estate in Connecticut in August 1985. It had an extensive art studio to facilitate her husband’s work.  They  lived there until they bought a $3-million mansion in Brentwood, Los Angeles, in 1990.  The family eventually moved back to Connecticut.

Meryl Streep Films | Meryl Streep Latest Movie | Meryl Streep New Movie

Title

Year

Role

Little Women Film has yet to be released
2019
Aunt March
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
2018
Donna Sheridan
Mary Poppins Returns
2018
Topsy
The Guardian Brothers
2017
Narrator
The Post
2017
Kay Graham
We Rise
2017
Narrator
Florence Foster Jenkins
2016
Florence Foster Jenkins
Ricki and the Flash
2015
Ricki
Shout Gladi Gladi
2015
Narrator
Suffragette
2015
Emmeline Pankhurst
The Giver
2014
Chief Elder
The Homesman
2014
Altha Carter
Into the Woods
2014
The Witch
August: Osage County
2013
Violet Weston
A Fierce Green Fire
2013
Narrator
Girl Rising
2013
Narrator
Out of Print
2013
Narrator
Wings of Life
2013
Narrator
Hope Springs
2012
Kay Soames
To the Arctic 3D
2012
Narrator
The Iron Lady
2011
Margaret Thatcher
Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life
2010
Jennie
Fantastic Mr. Fox
2009
Felicity Fox
It’s Complicated
2009
Jane Adler
Julie & Julia
2009
Julia Child
Doubt
2008
Sister Aloysius Beauvier
Mamma Mia!
2008
Donna Sheridan
Dark Matter
2007
Joanna Silver
Evening
2007
Lila Ross
Lions for Lambs
2007
Janine Roth
Rendition
2007
Corrine Whitman
The Ant Bully
2006
Queen Ant
The Devil Wears Prada
2006
Miranda Priestly
The Music of Regret
2006
The Woman
A Prairie Home Companion
2006
Yolanda Johnson
Prime
2005
Lisa Metzger
Stolen Childhoods
2005
Narrator
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
2004
Aunt Josephine
The Manchurian Candidate
2004
Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw
Stuck on You
2003
Herself
Adaptation.
2002
Susan Orlean
The Hours
2002
Clarissa Vaughan
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2001
Blue Mecha
Ginevra’s Story
1999
Narrator
Music of the Heart
1999
Roberta Guaspari
Dancing at Lughnasa
1998
Kate Mundy
One True Thing
1998
Kate Gulden
Before and After
1996
Dr. Carolyn Ryan
Marvin’s Room
1996
Lee
The Bridges of Madison County
1995
Francesca Johnson
The Living Sea
1995
Narrator
The River Wild
1994
Gail Hartman
The House of the Spirits
1993
Clara del Valle Trueba
Death Becomes Her
1992
Madeline Ashton
Age 7 in America
1991
Narrator
Defending Your Life
1991
Julia
Postcards from the Edge
1990
Suzanne Vale
She-Devil
1989
Mary Fisher
A Cry in the Dark
1988
Lindy Chamberlain
Ironweed
1987
Helen Archer
Heartburn
1986
Rachel Samstat
Out of Africa
1985
Karen Blixen
Plenty
1985
Susan Traherne
Falling in Love
1984
Molly Gilmore
Silkwood
1983
Karen Silkwood
Sophie’s Choice
1982
Sophie Zawistowski
Still of the Night
1982
Brooke Reynolds
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
1981
Sarah / Anna[a]
Kramer vs. Kramer
1979
Joanna Kramer
Manhattan
1979
Jill
The Seduction of Joe Tynan
1979
Karen Traynor
The Deer Hunter
1978
Linda
Julia
1977
Anne Marie

Meryl Streep Tv Shows

Title

Year

Role

Big Little Lies Series that has not yet aired
2019
Mary Louise Wright
Five Came Back
2017
Narrator
The Roosevelts
2014
Eleanor Roosevelt
Makers: Women Who Make America
2013
Narrator
Ocean Voyagers
2007
Narrator
Angels in America
2003
Hannah Pitt / Ethel Rosenberg /
Freedom: A History of US
2003
Abigail Adams / Mary Eastey /
King of the Hill
1999
Aunt Esme Dauterive
…First Do No Harm
1997
Lori Reimuller
The Simpsons
1994
Jessica Lovejoy
The Earth Day Special
1990
Concerned Citizen
Alice at the Palace
1982
Alice
Kiss Me, Petruchio
1981
Katherine
Uncommon Women and Others
1979
Leilah
Holocaust
1978
Inga Helms Weiss
The Deadliest Season
1977
Sharon Miller
Secret Service
1977
Edith Varney
Everybody Rides the Carousel
1976
Lover

Meryl Streep Best Movies

  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Shout Gladi Gladi
  • Suffragette
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • The Giver
  • The Homesman
  • Into the Woods
  • August: Osage County
  • Violet Weston
  • A Fierce Green Fire
  • Girl Rising

Meryl Streep Golden Globes

Year

Nominee/work

Award

2018
The Post
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
2017
Florence Foster Jenkins
Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
2015
Into the Woods
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2014
August: Osage County
Nominated
2013
Hope Springs
Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
2012
The Iron Lady
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
2010
It’s Complicated
Nominated
2009
Doubt
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
2007
The Devil Wears Prada
Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
2005
The Manchurian Candidate
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2004
Angels in America
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2003
Adaptation
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2000
Music of the Heart
Nominated
1999
One True Thing
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1998
…First Do No Harm
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1997
Marvin’s Room
Nominated
1996
The Bridges of Madison County
Nominated
1995
The River Wild
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1993
Death Becomes Her
Nominated
1991
Postcards from the Edge
Nominated
1990
She-Devil
Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
1989
A Cry in the Dark
Nominated
1986
Out of Africa
Nominated
1984
Silkwood
Nominated
1983
Sophie’s Choice
Won
1982
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1980
Kramer vs. Kramer
Won
1979
The Deer Hunter
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

 Meryl Streep Academy Awards | Meryl Streep Oscar Awards | Meryl Streep How Many Oscars

Year

Nominee/work

Award

2017
Florence Foster Jenkins
Nominated
2012
The Iron Lady
Won
2010
Julie & Julia
Nominated
2009
Doubt
Nominated
2007
The Devil Wears Prada
Best Actress in a Leading Role
2005
The Manchurian Candidate
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2003
Adaptation
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1987
Out of Africa
Nominated
1985
Silkwood
Nominated
1984
Sophie’s Choice
Nominated
1982
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Won
1981
Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress in a Leading Role
1980
The Deer Hunter
Best Actress in a Leading Role

Did Meryl Streep Die | Meryl Streep Died

Though Meryl character might have died in several films in real life she is well and alive.

Meryl Streep Book

  • Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep

It is  intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school, through her early days on the stage at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama during its golden years, to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. New Yorker contributor Michael Schulman brings into focus Meryl’s heady rise to stardom on the New York stage; her passionate, tragically short-lived love affair with fellow actor John Cazale; her marriage to sculptor Don Gummer; and her evolution as a young woman of the 1970s wrestling with changing ideas of feminism, marriage, love, and sacrifice.

Meryl Streep Speech

Meryl Streep Donald Trump

At the Golden Globes Meryl accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award — basically a lifetime achievement award — but didn’t say much about her career. Instead, Meryl spent the minutes allotted to her to speak critically of the current political climate and Trump.  In spite of her not mentioning the president-elect by name Streep was referring to Trump’s remarks during the campaign. Trump  appeared to mock New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits the functioning of his joints.

Trump later responded in a brief interview with the New York Times shortly after the Golden Globes aired. He told the Times he had not seen the speech, but he dismissed Streep as “a Hillary lover” and said that he was “not surprised” to be attacked by “liberal movie people.”
In addition, Trump referred to her as “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”

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