Meryl Streep biography

Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep

Date of Birth: June 22, 1949

Opera's loss was the cinema's gain when Streep, who began taking voice lessons for opera at 12, developed an interest in acting while in high school. She later majored in drama at Vassar, studied playwrighting and costume design at Dartmouth, and then went on to do graduate work at the Yale School of Drama.

That early voice work has always come in handy as Streep's been able to use her training to dig up any accent you can think of and apply it to the film characters she creates—and usually is at least nominated for one award or another for doing so.

One of Hollywood's most esteemed performers, when she first arrived in Los Angeles she remembers: "My first impression of L.A. was that it just smelled so good. You know, you get used to closing off the olfactory nerves in New York. You walk with your head down, not meeting anyone's eye. L.A. was very friendly, and there were flowers everywhere in February, and night-blooming jasmine." But later, the bloom went off the rose and her lasting impression of L.A was that she "hated being there. I really require a great deal of privacy. I don't like to be out and sort of dressed up and seen."

Many remember Streep's Oscar-nominated performance in The Devil Wears Prada where she played the role of the infamous Miranda Priestly, said to be based loosely on Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. She also starred in the on-screen rendition of Mamma Mia! in 2008 and reprised her role in the 2018 sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).

Streep has been nominated an amazing 17 times for an Oscar—her most recent nomination was for The Iron Lady , which she won in the Best Actress category. She has won two other times as well, for Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice . She has also won eight Golden Globes, seven People's Choice Awards and two Emmys. She has a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame at 7020 Hollywood Blvd. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in August: Osage County (2014).

More recently, she received nominations from both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards for her role as the Witch in the musical Into the Woods (2014). She then starred in Ricki and the Flash (2015), Suffragette Florence Foster Jenkins (2016). For her work in the latter, she earned numerous nominations for Best Performance By an Actress in a Lead Role, including nominations from the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the SAG Awards. For her role as Kay Graham in the true-life drama The Post (2018) opposite Tom Hanks, Meryle received her 21st Academy Award nomination.

Also in 2018, Meryl had the chance to play a role opposite her The Devil Wears Prada co-star, Emily Blunt, as Mary Poppins' friend, Topsy, in Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

The following year she joined Greta Gerwig's feature Little Women (2019), in the role of Aunt March. The cast includes Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern and Bob Odenkirk.

Married to Don Gummer since September 1978, Meryl is the proud mother of four children.

Meryl Streep Filmography


Mamma Mia!

Genre:  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD: December 16, 2008

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Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski