Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

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Jun. 22nd, 1949
Born in
Summit, New Jersey, USA
5' 6

Meryl Streep's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Simpsons TV Show
The Simpsons
Angels in America TV Show
Angels in America
At the Movies (AU) TV Show
At the Movies (AU)
The Directors TV Show
The Directors

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Ricki And The Flash
2015 - Suffragette
2014 - Into the Woods
2014 - The Giver
2014 - The Homesman
2013 - Girl Rising
2013 - August: Osage County
2012 - Hope Springs
2009 - It's Complicated
2009 - Fantastic Mr. Fox
2009 - I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
2009 - Julie & Julia
2008 - Doubt
2008 - Mamma Mia!
2008 - Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
2007 - Rendition
2007 - Evening
2007 - Lions for Lambs
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2006 - The Devil Wears Prada
2006 - The Ant Bully
2006 - Hurricane on the Bayou
2006 - A Prairie Home Companion
2005 - Stolen Childhoods
2005 - Prime
2004 - The Manchurian Candidate
2003 - Stuck on You
2002 - The Hours
2002 - Adaptation.
2001 - Artificial Intelligence: AI
1999 - Music of the Heart
1998 - One True Thing
1998 - Dancing at Lughnasa
1996 - Marvin's Room
1996 - Before and After
1995 - The Living Sea
1993 - The House of the Spirits
1992 - Death Becomes Her
1991 - Defending Your Life
1990 - Postcards from the Edge
1989 - She-Devil
1987 - Ironweed
1986 - Heartburn
1985 - Out of Africa
1985 - Plenty
1983 - Silkwood
1982 - Sophie's Choice
1982 - Still of the Night
1981 - The French Lieutenant's Woman
1981 - The French Lieutenant's Woman
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
1979 - Manhattan
1979 - The Seduction of Joe Tynan
1978 - The Deer Hunter
1977 - Julia

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Herself (segment "The Many Meryls")
Narrator (Voiced)
Herself - Guest
Inga Helms Weiss
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
Camilla Bowner
Herself - Guest
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Considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, 'Meryl Streep' has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 15 times, and has won it twice. Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, 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 10 years in great films like Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa (1985), Ironweed (1987), and Evil Angels (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 " matter what happens, my work will stand..."

  • Elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2007 for her services to arts and entertainment (inaugural election). Official induction ceremonies held in May 2008.
  • The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is five years, between _Postcards from the Edge (1990)_ (qv) and _The Bridges of Madison County (1995)_ (qv).
  • Her father was a drug company exec; her mother, an artist-turned-housewife who kept an art studio behind the house. Her father loved to play the piano and her mother to sing. Meryl was given singing lessons at a young age. Her mother died in 2001 and her father in 2004.
  • (2001) Her son, Henry W. Gummer ("Hank"), is a student at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
  • Has a deviated septum, which she refuses to have fixed. Directors work around it by avoiding straight-on close-ups.
  • Was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school.
  • According to 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv)'s official biographer A. Scott Berg, Meryl Streep was her least favorite modern actress on screen: "Click, click, click," she said, referring to the wheels turning inside Streep's head.
  • Son 'Henry Gummer' (qv) is an actor, filmmaker and co-founder of a rock band. Daughter Mary Willa, whose stage name is 'Mamie Gummer' (qv), is an off-Broadway actress.

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