Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep – Personal Life and Career

This post is about the personal life and career of Meryl Streep, an American actress with 21 Academy Award nominations.


  • Born in Summit, New Jersey, US, on June 22, 1949
  • Married to Don Gummer since 1978, with four children
  • An alumnus of Vassar College, New York, USA
  • Currently has 407 award nominations, of which she won 204

Read on as we talk about Meryl Streep, her educational background, filmography, and achievements.

Who Is Meryl Streep?

Mary Louise Streep is a renowned Hollywood star currently in her mid-70s. She has been acting for over four decades and is an award-winning actress.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Meryl Streep was born in 1949 and has two younger brothers. While her father, Harry William Streep, Jr., was a pharmaceutical executive, her mother, Mary Wilkinson Streep, was an artist. Her siblings, Dana David Streep and Harry William Streep III are famous actors in the Hollywood industry.

Her mother instilled a lot of confidence in her as she was growing up. She never hesitated to encourage her, letting her know she could achieve anything, provided she was dedicated to it.

Meryl grew up as a Presbyterian. She started schooling at Cedar Hill Elementary School, Basking Ridge, NJ, US. She also attended the Oak Street Elementary School in the same neighborhood.

While in junior high school, she acted in a play titled The Family Upstairs as Louise Heller. That marked the beginning of her featuring in school plays. Not long after, she had to enroll in another school, Bernards High School, when her family relocated to Bernardsville, New Jersey, in 1963.

She earned a BA degree at Vassar College in New York in 1971. Afterward, she pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University, Connecticut, US, which she earned in 1975.

She got so popular on campus when she acted in a play titled “Miss Julie” while attending college in 1969. That made her more interested in acting.

Meryl was also conferred an honorary Doctor of Arts degree by Dartmouth College in 1981.

Meryl lived with an American actor, John Cazale, in the 1970s until he died of lung cancer in 1978. Getting over his death is impossible for her, as she cared for him since he was diagnosed with the ailment.

Six months after his death, she married a sculptor, Don Gummer. Their union yielded four children: Henry Wolfe (a singer and actor), Mary Willa, aka Mamie (an actress), Grace Jane (an actress), and Louisa Jacobson Gummer (an actress and model).

Meryl Streep with husband

Career – Meryl Streep’s Filmography

Meryl had her first stage play feature in 1975, starring in Trelawny of the Wells. She has appeared in films of different genres and has won more awards than many Big names in the Hollywood industry.

Below is a list of other films and plays she featured in.

  • A Memory of Two Mondays, written by Arthur Miller
  • Julia (1977), as Anne Marie
  • The Deer Hunter (1978), as Linda
  • The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) as Karen Traynor
  • Out of Africa (1985), as Karen Blixen
  • Ironweed (1987), as Helen Archer
  • Still of the Night (1982),. as Brooke Reynolds
  • Mamma Mia! (2007) as Donna Sheridan
  • Manhattan (1979), as Jill
  • Still of the Night (1982), as Brooke Reynolds
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), as Joanna Kramer
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), as Sarah/Anna
  • Silkwood (1983), as Karen Silkwood
  • Plenty (1985), as Susan Traherne
  • Defending Your Life (1991), as Julia

Meryl Streep also did voiceovers for some animated films and was the narrator of several documentaries.

These include:

  • Age 7 in America (1991)
  • The Living Sea (1995)
  • Ginevra’s Story (1999)
  • Stolen Childhoods (2005)
  • Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)
  • To the Arctic 3D (2012)
  • Wings of Life (2012)
  • Girl Rising (2012)
  • A Fierce Green Fire (2012)
  • Out of Print (2013)
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (2020)

Awards Won by Meryl Streep

Here is a list of some awards that Meryl has won.

Meryl Streep holding an award
  • 1980 – Best Supporting Actress (Academy Awards)
  • 1983, 2012 – Best Actress (Academy Awards)
  • 1981, 2011 – Best Actress in a Leading Role (British Academy Film Awards)
  • 1980 – Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 1982, 1983 – Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 2003 – Honorary César Award (César Awards)
  • 2017 – Cecil B. DeMille Award (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 2017 – Outstanding Narrator (Primetime Emmy Awards)

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