Mary Louise " Meryl " Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as "the best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly noted for her versatility and accent adaptability. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a record 21 Academy Award nominations, winning three (behind only Katharine Hepburn for ...
In addition to being an award-winning actress, Meryl Streep is also the proud mom to four children. She shares all four kids with her husband, Don Gummer.
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Meryl Streep, Actress: Out of Africa. 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 ...
- Acting career
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 in great films like Silkwood (1983); Out of Africa (1985); Ironweed (1987); and A Cry in the Dark (1988). Her career declined slightly in the early 1990s as a result of her inability to find suitable parts, but she shot back to the top in 1995 with her performance as Clint Eastwood's married lover in The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and as the prodigal daughter in Marvin's Room (1996). In 1998 she made her first venture into the area of producing, and was the executive producer for the moving ...First Do No Harm (1997). A realist when she talks about her future years in film, she remarked that \\"...no matter what happens, my work will stand...\\"
- Mary Louise Streep
- 5' 6" (1.68 m)
- June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, USA
In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end. Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep. Votes: 40,165 | Gross: $4.69M.
- Harvey Weinstein Controversy
- Personal Life
'The Deer Hunter,' 'Kramer vs. Kramer'
Streep broke into films in the 1970s with a role in the 1977 drama Julia. The next year she appeared in The Deer Hunter opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Also in 1978, she won her first Primetime Emmy for her role in the film Holocaust. In 1979, her portrayal of a woman who abandons her family only to come back and fight for custody of her son in Kramer vs. Kramerbrought Streep her first Academy...
'Sophie's Choice,' 'Out of Africa'
A chameleon onscreen, Streep spent much of the 1980s submerged in a variety of roles. In Sophie's Choice (1982), she convincingly played a Polish woman traumatized by her experiences during the Holocaust. Streep won her second Academy Award—her first for best actress—for her work on the film. In Out of Africa(1985), she took on the role of a Danish plantation owner living in Kenya. The role earned her another Academy Award nomination.
'Postcards from the Edge,' 'The Bridges of Madison County'
As she reached her 40s, Streep continued to find challenging roles — a feat many mature actresses have struggled with in Hollywood. She received an Academy Award nomination for her work in several films, including two big-screen adaptations — one of Carrie Fisher's novel Postcards from the Edge (1990) and the other of Robert James Waller's romantic drama The Bridges of Madison County (1995), in which she starred opposite Clint Eastwood. Streep also received an Oscar nod for her work in Music...
In December 2017, Streep came under fire from actress Rose McGowan, who accused the Oscar winner of being complicit in the cover-up of producer Harvey Weinstein's sexually abusive behavior. Additionally, McGowan derided the planned "silent protest" in which Streep and other prominent actresses would wear all black to the upcoming Golden Globes. Streep responded with a statement in which she insisted she had no idea of Weinstein's behavior. "Not every actor, actress, and director who made films that H.W. distributed knew he abused women, or that he raped Rose in the '90s, other women before and others after, until they told us," she said. "I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry."
Streep has four children with sculptor Don Gummer, whom she's been married to since 1978: Henry (b. 1979), Mamie (b. 1983), Grace (b. 1986) and Louisa (b. 1991).
As of 2018, Streep has been nominated for a record-breaking 21 Oscars and has won three for: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) under Best Supporting Actress and Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady(2011) under Best Actress.
The 25 Best Meryl Streep movies. 1. Sophie's Choice (1982) Error: please try again. Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin.