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.
Can you believe some of these famous blood ties?
As coincidences go, Meryl Streep and Lily James' discovery that they are distantly related is as adorable as it gets with the pair having portrayed young and older versions of the same character in the recent 'Mamma Mia 2'. They are ninth cousins three times removed, if you can get your head around that.
Here are eight other celebrity pairs you probably didn't know were related:
Gary Oldman and Laila Morse
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The actress teamed up with her ex-boyfriend, Dominic Cooper, for the movie
The sequel to the catchy, upbeat and, if not critically-acclaimed then definitely publically loved Mamma Mia! is finally hitting screens later this week after a decade in the making. But one person who wasn’t so keen on the second film was leading lady, Amanda Seyfried’s boyfriend - when the actress revealed she would filming scenes with her ex.
Amanda's husband, Thomas, had concerns about her getting back on set with her ex
Amanda - who plays Sophie both in the first outing and the much-anticipated sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - met her ex-boyfriend Dominic Cooper on the set of Mamma Mia! in 2008.
Continue reading: Amanda Seyfried Revealed Her Husband 'Had Issues' With Her In Mamma Mia! The Sequel
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.
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.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Overwhelmed Reese Witherspoon When Rehearsing Big Little Lies
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’.
Donald Trump has taken aim at the Oscars
Using his usual method of communicating via Twitter, the 45th President of the United States mocked the Academy Awards’ low ratings and wrote: "Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding of course)!"
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Lawrence and Streep had both condemned Weinstein for using their statements in an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by six women.
In the face of criticism from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence for using their names in an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him this week, Harvey Weinstein had issued an apology.
Six women are suing the disgraced movie mogul and what they call the ‘Weinstein Sexual Enterprise’, which they say includes his brother Bob and their studio The Weinstein Company. The plaintiffs are arguing that, due to the scale of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein and the attempts to cover it up, the producer’s “sexual enterprise” should be considered an organised crime group.
Weinstein’s lawyers had filed a motion to have the suit dismissed on Tuesday, saying that it was “fatally overboard”, and would apply to “all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm”.
Continue reading: Harvey Weinstein Issues 'Apology' For Citing Jennifer Lawrence And Meryl Streep In Legal Defence
Weinstein's legal team had cited Streep and her statements in his effort to get a lawsuit from six women alleging sexual misconduct dismissed.
Meryl Streep has fired back at Harvey Weinstein after the disgraced movie producer’s legal team used her name and one of her statements in an attempt to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him.
On Tuesday this week (February 20th), Weinstein’s lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss a racketeering lawsuit brought by six women who claimed the mogul sexually assaulted or harassed them. They argued that what they called the ‘Weinstein Sexual Enterprise’ was essentially a criminal organisation, given the “hundreds” of women who have come forward with allegations of misconduct in the last four months.
In doing so, his team’s motion to dismiss mentioned that in a recent statement, Streep said that Weinstein “had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Attacks Harvey Weinstein For Citing Her Name In Legal Defence
She wants to protect her name from being used on movie websites.
There's been quite some confusion in the press lately as it's revealed that Meryl Streep has applied for trademark protection of her name to prevent others from using it. Only, the reasons stated aren't the ones you'd necessarily jump to first.
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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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.
Meryl Streep has signed up to hugely successful show, Big Little Lies
The 68-year Oscar-winning actress has been cast to play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of abusive husband Perry Wright, played by Alexander Skarsgard. However, not much more is known about how big her role will be.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Has Signed Up To Big Little Lies Series Two
It's an important story in a culture of 'fake news' and political uncertainty.
The high-octane teaming of Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks for The Post is perhaps appropriate for such an important true story. And the film also plays as a virtual prequel to the 1976 classic All the President's Men, as it centres on editor Ben Bradlee taking on President Nixon several years before Watergate. The Post has extra resonance today as it explores published Katharine Graham's transformation from nervous newcomer to the steely leader unafraid to challenge those in power.
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
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.”
Continue reading: Robert De Niro Denounces Trump As "The Baby-In-Chief" At Awards Gala
Meryl Streep at the 11th Rome Film Festival photocall for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' held at Auditorium Parco Della Musica - Rome, Italy - Thursday 20th October 2016
Meryl Streep , Hugh Grant - The European Premiere of 'Florence Foster Jenkins' held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th April 2016
Grace Gummer , Meryl Streep - Premiere of Focus Features' 'Suffragette' - Arrivals at Samuel Goldwyn Theater at AMPAS - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 20th October 2015
Hollywood actress Meryl Streep who has recently starred in the Disney musical 'Into The Woods' was photographed as she arrived at her hotel in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 7th January 2015
Meryl Streep - Stars attend the premiere of the social science fiction film 'The Giver' starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift in New York at the Ziegfeld Theater on the corner of 54th Street Manhattan - Arrivals - New York, United States - Monday 11th August 2014
Date of birth
22nd June, 1949
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