Meryl Streep

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

22nd June, 1949




1st January, 1970



Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep, 22.6.1949) Meryl Streep is an Oscar-winning American actress. She rose to fame in the 1970s and has maintained a steady career since that time.

Childhood: Meryl Streep was born to Mary W. Streep and Harry William Streep Jr. in Summit, New Jersey. Her mother was an artist and her father was a pharmaceutical executive and she was raised as a Presbyterian.

Meryl Streep attended Bernards High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where she was raised. In 1971, she received a BA in Drama at Vassar College. She later studied at Yale School of Drama, earning herself an MFA.

Career: After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Meryl Streep featured in a number of theatre productions, including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of The Taming of the Shrew with Raul Julia and Measure For Measure with Sam Waterston and John Cazale. Streep went on to win an Obie award for her performance in Alice at the Palace.

Following her stage success, Meryl Streep started to audition for movie work. Her debut feature film was Julia. Released in 1976, the film also starred Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. She then landed a minor role in The Deer Hunter, which allowed her to spend time with then then-fiancé, John Cazale, who was in the film but was suffering with bone cancer. The film also starred Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role.

In 1978, Meryl Streep landed a main role in the TV series Holocaust. Following Cazale's death, she took on a role in The Seduction of Joe Tynan with Alan Alda.

In 1979, Streep appeared in Woody Allen's Manhattan, along with Allen and Diane Keaton. This was followed by Kramer vs. Kramer, a performance that propelled Streep into the big time. She won an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Kramer vs. Kramer. The film also featured Dustin Hoffman.

In 1981, Meryl Streep starred in The French Lieutenant's Woman, an adaptation of a novel by John Fowles, alongside Jeremy Irons. The following year, she featured in a psychological thriller, Still of the Night, working once again with Robert Benton, the director of Kramer vs. Kramer. Still of the Night co-starred Jessica Tandy and Roy Scheider.

Meryl Streep's next major role, in Sophie's Choice, drew a large amount of praise: mainly for her mastery of the Polish accent. The role had originally been intended for Ursula Andress, but Meryl Streep was determined to land the role. Her determination paid off and she won the Best Actress Oscar. Her successful career path continued with Silkwood, playing the role of real-life character Karen Silkwood.

She then took on a role in the romantic comedy Falling In Love, opposite Robert De Niro, followed by the British drama, Plenty, with Charles Dance and Sir Ian McKellen.

In 1985, Meryl Streep played the Danish writer Karen Blixen in Out of Africa, with Robert Redford. Her next two films both saw her working with Jack Nicholson: 1986's Heartburn and 1987's Ironweed.

Another success came in 1988 with A Cry in the Dark, about an Australian woman who murdered her child and claimed that it had been eaten by a dingo. Her first comedic role came a year later, when she starred opposite Roseanne Barr in She-Devil.

The 1990s continued to be a lucrative time for Meryl Streep, starting with a performance alongside Dennis Quaid and Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge, a book by Carrie Fisher.

Having formed a friendship with Goldie Hawn, Streep and Hawn filmed the farcical comedy Death Becomes Her, along with Bruce Willis.

In The House of the Spirits (an adaptation of an Isabel Allende novel) saw Meryl Streep sharing screen-time with Glenn Close. She then starred in The Bridges of Madison County with Clint Eastwood and Marvin's Room with Leonardo DiCaprio and Diane Keaton.

From the turn of the century, Meryl Streep continued to impress with her mainstream movie appearances. In 2002, she starred in Adaptation, an off-beat movie by Spike Jonze, featuring Nicolas Cage and Tilda Swinton. That same year, she starred in the Hours with Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore. An adaptation of Tony Kushner's Angels In America saw Streep working with Al Pacino and Emma Thompson. In Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, she played the role of Aunt Josephine, alongside Jim Carrey.

In 2007, Streep won another Oscar, this time for her performance in The Devil Wears Prada, which also starred Anne Hathaway. 2008 saw one of Streep's most successful performances in recent years, with the release of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! The film was a huge success, despite the poor view taken of her co-star Pierce Brosnan. That same year, she starred in Doubt, earning herself another Oscar nomination. The film also featured Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. The year after, Streep starred in Julia & Julia, playing the late Julia Child, working again with Amy Adams.

Personal Life: Meryl Streep married the sculptor Don Gummer in 1978. They have four children together.

Meryl Streep Overwhelmed Reese Witherspoon When Rehearsing Big Little Lies

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14 March 2018

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The Hollywood stalwart signed up for the critically acclaimed show's second series

The first series of Big Little Lies was met with critical acclaim and won numerous awards after being spearheaded by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman with Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz rounding out its cast. But even bigger news came when acting legend Meryl Streep was announced as part of series two’s cast – and even Reese Witherspoon felt overwhelmed by her.

Image caption Meryl Streep is joining the cast of Big Little Lies series two

Mother-of-three Witherspoon, who also serves as executive producer on the series, will reprise her role as high maintenance mother Madeline Martha Mackenzie - but admitted she had become overwhelmed practicing lines with multi-award winning Meryl during rehearsals.

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Donald Trump Mocks Oscars Saying Ceremony Had The Lowest Ratings In Its History

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 March 2018

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The President said it was because there was a lack of stars

It was always going to be an event the US President wasn’t going to like - and this year’s Oscars have been criticised by Donald Trump for allegedly polling the lowest ratings in history. The President also declared the problem with the ceremony was that there are no stars anymore - except him before adding, ‘just kidding’.

Image caption Meryl Streep at the premiere for 'The Post'

According to the New York Daily News, the 68-year-old wants exclusive rights to the use of her name in regards to 'live, televised, and movie appearances', 'speaking engagements' and 'autograph signings'. While there have been many other celebrities who have made similar moves, it's unclear what has made the actress apply at this stage in her career.

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Meryl Streep Has Signed Up To Big Little Lies Series Two

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 January 2018

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The actress will join the hugely successful HBO show

Hugely successful, award-winning HBO mini-series, Big Little Lies, has been renewed for a second season and fans are going wild after Hollywood favourite, Meryl Streep, was cast as one of the former main character’s mother.

Image caption Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in 'The Post'

"There are things about this film that definitely feel like history meeting its moment," says Streep, who plays Graham in the film. "What drew me to the original script was a story that hasn't been told. The story of this uneasy emergence of women that happened in the middle of the 20th century and has brought us to the moment where we are now. Embedded in the story is what women have been able to become - in newsrooms, in courts, in the places where in our movie they don't exist."

Continue reading: Meryl Streep And Tom Hanks Stress The Timeliness Of The Post

Robert De Niro Denounces Trump As "The Baby-In-Chief" At Awards Gala

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 January 2018

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De Niro made the remarks at the National Board of Review awards gala this week.

Robert De Niro has once again spoken out about the presidency of Donald Trump, making his feelings about the real-estate mogul-turned-politician absolutely clear at an awards gala as he described him as an “idiot”.

On Tuesday night (January 9th), the highly acclaimed actor was introducing fellow star Meryl Streep onto the stage at the National Board of Review awards gala. He took the opportunity to use Streep’s newest film, political drama The Post, as a platform to denounce the 45th president.

“It was fascinating to watch The Post. That story took place nearly 50 years ago, but there are many parallels today,” 74 year old De Niro told the crowd. “At the time of the story, Donald Trump was suffering from ‘bone spurs.’ Today, the world is suffering from the real Donald Trump.”

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'The Post' Leads Winners At The National Board Of Review Awards

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 10 January 2018

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep take home awards for their respective roles.

The National Board of Review Award winners were finally announced this week, and it seems Steven Spielberg's political scandal thriller 'The Post' was the big movie of the evening with a total of three prizes to its name. 'Lady Bird' and 'Get Out' also did well with two awards apiece.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in 'The Post'

'The Post' won Best Film at this year's NBR Awards, with stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep taking home accolades for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively. It was the second high-profile whistleblower film of 2017 after 'Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House', and it also landed six Golden Globe nominations.

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Meryl Streep pictured at The National Board of Review Awards held at Cipriani's 42nd Street. 'The Post' took home Best Film, with stars Tom Hanks and Streep landing Best Actor and Best Actress - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 10th January 2018

Dustin Hoffman Overstepped The Mark By Slapping Meryl Streep

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 04 January 2018

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The exchange in 'Kramer Vs. Kramer' was uncalled for.

Meryl Streep may have been under fire for not immediately speaking out in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal last year, but that certainly doesn't mean she has been immune to the abuse of power within Hollywood throughout her career. She gives one example being when Dustin Hoffman slapped her while filming a movie.

Image caption Meryl Streep at the Women In Film awards

The 68-year-old has had her fair share of Hollywood horrors in her youth, no matter what Rose McGowan says about her. In fact, while she was filming 1979's 'Kramer Vs. Kramer' with Dustin Hoffman, the heat got all too real when he physically slapped her in a scene rather than acting out the action.

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Meryl Streep at the 10th Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party Presented By Max Mara And BMW held at Nightingale Plaza - West Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 24th February 2017

Meryl Streep attending the 2017 EE British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Meryl Streep at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Meryl Streep at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017