Meryl Streep, an American actress who’s famously described as the “best actress of her generation” and often tagged as the “finest screen actress in the world”.
The actress has been nominated for multiple Oscar Awards, which is merit granted to an exceptional artist in the film industry, and actually won three together with eight Golden Global Awards over time.
Her career in the film industry paid off after decades of solidifying her reputation earning recognition worldwide.
If you want to know more about this reputable actress then keep reading as we’ll show you more about her journey towards being tagged as the best and finest actress of all time in the film industry.
Celebrity Name: Meryl Streep
Full Name: Mary Louise Streep
Birthday: June 22, 1949
Place of Origin: Summit, New Jersey, U.S
Height: 5’3” ft
Weight: 58 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Spouse: Don Gummer
Meryl StreepTotal Net Worth: $90 million
Early Life and Education
Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949, to an artist mother who became her mentor, Mary Wilkinson Streep, and her executive father Harry William Streep, Jr. The actress revealed that her mother is her guiding light and confidence provider from a very young age.
She embraced her mother’s encouragement and appeared in minor stage productions in her early years.
It soon progresses to serious acting in the play Miss Julie at Vassar College where she self-taught and demonstrated her ability to mimic accents as well as her remarkable memorizing skills.
Streep was not only an exceptional artist but a hardworking student supplementing her own college fees whilst playing a variety of roles on stage. She graduated from Bachelor of Arts with academic distinction, Cum Laude in 1971.
As Streep continues to venture her capabilities and unlock her true acting potential, she also kept her career in place by receiving her MFA from Yale in 1975 and Honorary Doctor of Arts in 1981.
Streep maintained an intimate relationship with actor John Cazale for three years until he lost his battle with lung cancer in March 1978.
Six months after, she married sculptor Don Gummer and later had four children. Henry Gummer, the couple’s eldest son became a musician while two of her daughters Mamie and Grace Gummer became actresses and the youngest born is modeling.
The couple is currently living in a 90-acre country home in Salisbury, Connecticut. They continue to live their lives without following any doctrine or religious beliefs and just believing in outbesting oneself.
Meryl Streep Career and Legacy
Streep started small with stage plays and gradually landed big at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center where she took part in five roles in six weeks.
She moved to New York City in 1975 and appear in numerous stage productions where Robert De Niro’s performance in Taxi Driver left her an impression of wanting to take on film roles.
The actress began auditioning for film roles and underwent disappointments along the way until Robert De Niro suggested for her to take on a supporting role as his girlfriend in the film “The Deer Hunter” in 1978, in which she became a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Streep soon earned recognition from a wider audience and took the film industry by storm of her excellence in acting but she was not happy with her film career instead, she still prefers performing on stage.
The actress rose in stardom when she starred in the drama Sophie’s Choice which showcases her ability to mimic accents and memorizing scripts. She was quoted as a “chameleon” with her versatility in playing any type of role.
Streep portrayed as many solid impressive roles as she became the most awarded actress worldwide with over a hundred notable awards including her three Academy Awards out of twenty-one nominations, and becoming the first to be nominated twenty times so far in history.
Meryl Streep Awards and Achievement
Streep is unanimously the finest screen actress of all time and throughout her career, it’s managed to win her numerous awards and recognition globally.
As one of the most awarded actresses in the world, she has received other accolades like AFI Life Achievement Award by the board of directors of the American Film Institute.
The actress also received a merit for her unparalleled versatility to play different roles in November 2014, a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama himself, in which it carries the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Among the numerous awards, Streep won was two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAS) Awards, eight Golden Globe Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards.
Meryl Streep Total Net Worth
Currently, Meryl Streep has an estimated net worth of $90 million. This net worth is accumulated from decades of ups and downs in her career including salaries for projects and endorsement deals.
Streep is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses which Forbes claims a $10 million per film. One of her highest-grossing movies is the infamous Mamma Mia! reaching to almost $700 million profit.
The actress also accepted a $1 million project in 2011 entitled “Iron Lady” which earned $100 million in profit, where her proceeds were donated to the Women’s History Museum.