Jun. 22nd, 1949
Summit, New Jersey, USA
Guest TV Roles
Inga Helms Weiss
Herself (segment "The Many Meryls")
Herself - Celebrity traveller
Aunt Esme Dauterive (Voiced)
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) (TV). A realist when she talks about her future years in film, she remarked that "...no matter what happens, my work will stand..."
- 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.
- Donated her wardrobe from _The Devil Wears Prada (2006)_ (qv) to a charity auction.
- Signs her grocery cheques with her real name - Mary Louise Gummer.
- 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.
- 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).
- Nominated for a 2007 Drama Desk Award for her performance in "Mother Courage and Her Children" (Outstanding Actress in a Play).
- Good friends with 'Nicole Kidman' (qv).
- Has only been turned down for four roles: Michelle Straton in _American Gigolo (1980)_ (qv), 'Patsy Cline' (qv) in _Sweet Dreams (1985)_ (qv), Miss Kenton in _The Remains of the Day (1993)_ (qv), and Elizabeth I in _Elizabeth (1998)_ (qv).