Meryl Streep

Actor
Meryl Streep began her acting career with a level of worship typically reserved for seasoned veterans. From her early work in "The Deer Hunter" (1978) and "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), it quickly became apparent to the ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1949 in Summit, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (157)

2015 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Everything is Copy 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 (Movie)

Florence Foster Jenkins (Actor)

The Guardian Brothers 2016 (Movie)

(English language version) (Voice)

Ricki and the Flash 2015 (Movie)

Ricki (Actor)

Shout Gladi Gladi 2015 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Suffragette 2015 (Movie)

Emmeline Pankhurst (Actor)

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Inside the Actors Studio 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

Witch (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1999 - 2000, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Giver 2014 (Movie)

Chief Elder (Actor)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

Altha Carter (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Fierce Green Fire 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

Violet Weston (Actor)

Girl Rising 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hope Springs 2012 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Teachers Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

To The Arctic 3D 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Web Therapy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Iron Lady 2011 (Movie)

Margaret Thatcher (Actor)

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

Julia Child (Actor)

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Mrs Fox (Actor)

Dark Matter 2008 (Movie)

Joanna Silver (Actor)

Doubt 2008 (Movie)

Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Actor)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Theater of War 2008 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

Lila Ross (Actor)

Lions for Lambs 2007 (Movie)

Janine Roth (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Rendition 2007 (Movie)

Corrine Whitman (Actor)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

Yolanda Johnson (Actor)

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hurricane on the Bayou 2006 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ant Bully 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Queen (Actor)

The Devil Wears Prada 2006 (Movie)

Miranda Priestly (Actor)

Wrestling with Angels 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

Lisa Metzger (Actor)

Stolen Childhoods 2005 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

18th Annual American Cinematheque Award 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

Aunt Josephine (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Eleanor Prentiss Shaw (Actor)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Susan Orlean (Actor)

Kevin Bacon: Am I Me? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

School: The Story of American Public Education 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

Clarissa Vaughan (Actor)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

of Blue Mecha (Voice)

Intimate Portrait: Diane Keaton 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kurt Russell: Hollywood's Heavy Hitter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid: A Concert Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Gotham Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Intimate Portrait: Vanessa Redgrave 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Music of the Heart 1999 (Movie)

Roberta Guaspari (Actor)

Rings of Passion: Five Emotions in World Art 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing At Lughnasa 1998 (Movie)

Kate Mundy (Actor)

One True Thing 1998 (Movie)

Kate Gulden (Actor)

... First Do No Harm 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Roseanne: Tabloids, Trash & Truth 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Living Sea 1997 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

William Styron: The Way of the Writer 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Before and After 1996 (Movie)

Carolyn Ryan (Actor)

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

The Siskel & Ebert Interviews 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bridges of Madison County 1995 (Movie)

Francesca Johnson (Actor)

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

Clara Del Valle Trueba (Actor)

The River Wild 1994 (Movie)

Gail Hartman (Actor)

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

Age Seven in America 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Before Christmas 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Death Becomes Her 1992 (Movie)

Madeline Ashton (Actor)

Oprah: Behind the Scenes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Defending Your Life 1991 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Race to Save the Planet 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Let It Be 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Suzanne Vale (Actor)

Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

Mary Fisher (Actor)

A Cry in the Dark 1988 (Movie)

Lindy Chamberlain (Actor)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Helen Archer (Actor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Rachel Samstat (Actor)

Power Struggle 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Ears: The Velveteen Rabbit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Narrator

Out of Africa 1985 (Movie)

Karen Blixen (Actor)

Plenty 1985 (Movie)

Susan Traherne (Actor)

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

Molly Gilmore (Actor)

In Our Hands 1983 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Karen Silkwood (Actor)

Sophie's Choice 1982 (Movie)

Sophie Zawistowska (Actor)

Still of the Night 1982 (Movie)

Brooke Reynolds (Actor)

The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 (Movie)

Joanna Kramer (Actor)

Manhattan 1979 (Movie)

Jill (Actor)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

Karen Traynor (Actor)

Holocaust -- The Story of the Family Weiss 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deer Hunter 1978 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Julia 1977 (Movie)

Anne Marie (Actor)

Secret Service 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Angels in America (TV Show)

Actor

DisneyNature: Wings of Life (TV Show)

Narrator

Ginevra's Story (TV Show)

Narrator

Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso (TV Show)

Narrator

New York at the Movies (TV Show)

Actor

Ribbon of Sand (TV Show)

Narrator

Secret Service (Movie)

(Actor)

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The Deadliest Season (TV Show)

Actor

Uncommon Women and Others (TV Show)

Actor

Vermeer: Master of Light (TV Show)

Narrator
Music (6)

Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 (Movie)

("Lakmé - Bell Song") (Song Performer)

Ricki and the Flash 2015 (Movie)

("Cold One") (Song Performer)

Into the Woods 2014 (Movie)

("Stay With Me") (Song Performer)

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

("Money, Money, Money") (Song Performer)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

("Go Tell Aunt Gladys") (Song Performer)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

("I'm Checkin' Out" "You Don't Know Me") (Song Performer)

Biography

Meryl Streep began her acting career with a level of worship typically reserved for seasoned veterans. From her early work in "The Deer Hunter" (1978) and "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), it quickly became apparent to the sharpest of critics - even the most casual of moviegoers - that the chameleon-like Streep was an unparalleled master of character, accents and genres. The benchmark was set for every working actress with Streep's work as a Polish Nazi camp survivor, damaged by the unthinkable decision she was once forced to make in her Oscar-winning performance in "Sophie's Choice" (1982). Through "Silkwood" (1983), "Out of Africa" (1985) and "A Cry in the Dark" (1988) Streep continued to set a standard few could hope to achieve, primarily with her mastery of accents that included Polish, Danish and Australian, among others. After her peak in the early 1980s, the multi-Oscar winner spent the subsequent decades maintaining her brilliance, showcasing yet another of her talents - singing competently - in "Postcards from the Edge" (1990) and "Mamma Mia" (2008), capturing the aching desire of an aging woman in "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995), and proving she could draw laughter as well as tears in "The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Simply put, Streep could do it all, and generations of actresses coming up behind her often cited her work as the reason they pursued the craft in the first place.

Relationships

John Cazale Actor

Companion
Met when they acted together in NYC production of "Measure for Measure" in 1976 Lived together until his death from bone cancer in March 1978

Donald Gummer

Husband
Introduced by her brother Harry Married Sept. 30, 1978

Henry Gummer Actor

Son
Born Nov. 13, 1979; father, Donald Gummer

Grace Gummer Actor

Daughter
Born May 9, 1986; father, Donald Gummer

Mamie Gummer Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 3, 1983; father, Donald Gummer

Louisa Gummer

Daughter
Born June 12, 1991; father, Donald Gummer

Harry Streep

Father

Mary Streep

Mother

Dana Streep

Brother
Younger

Harry Streep

Brother
Younger; married to actor Maeve Kinkead

EDUCATION

Studied singing with Estelle Liebling

Bernardsville High School

Bernardsville , New Jersey 1967
Performed in school musicals; was homecoming queen

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie , New York 1971

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire
Studied for one semester on an honors exchange program

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie , New York 1971

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire
Studied for one semester on an honors exchange program

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1975
Studied on a three-year scholarship at Yale's School of Drama

Milestones

2015

Starred as a faded rock star in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash"

2015

Co-starred as Emmeline Pankhurst in Sarah Gavron's historical drama "Suffragette"

2014

Starred as The Witch in Rob Marshall's screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods."

2014

Co-starred in western drama "The Homesman," co-written and directed by Tommy Lee Jones

2014

Co-starred as the Chief Elder in Young Adult fantasy "The Giver"

2013

Starred as matriarch Violet Weston in the film adaption of Tracy Letts' stage hit "August: Osage County"

2012

Co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones as a couple trying to bring some spark back to their marriage in "Hope Springs"

2011

Portrayed former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady"

2010

Began recurring role as Camilla Bowner on comedy webseries "Web Therapy," starring Lisa Kudrow.

2009

Voiced Mr. Fox's (George Clooney) wife in Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

2009

Co-starred with Alec Baldwin in the comedy film "It's Complicated"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

2009

Portrayed famed chef Julia Child in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"; earned SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress

2008

Starred in the film version of the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical and a Grammy nomination for the soundtrack

2008

Portrayed Sister Aloysius Beauvier in the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play "Doubt"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress

2007

Portrayed a TV journalist in the Robert Redford directed drama "Lions for Lambs"

2007

Cast in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel "Evening"; also starring her daughter, Mamie Gummer as a younger version of herself

2006

Cast in Robert Altman's adaptation of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion"

2006

Cast as the all-powerful magazine editor Miranda Priestley in the fashionista comedy "The Devil Wears Prada," based on Lauren Weisberger's best-selling novel; earned SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress

2005

Played a psychoanalyst who discovers that her client (Uma Thurman) is dating her son in "Prime"

2004

Featured with Denzel Washington in "The Manchurian Candidate" directed by Jonathan Demme; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress

2004

Cast as Aunt Josephine opposite Jim Carrey in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," based on the books by Daniel Handler

2003

Portrayed Hannah Pitt in the HBO miniseries adaptation of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America"; fourth collaboration with Mike Nichols

2002

Cast as Clarissa Vaughn in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning novel "The Hours"; received a Golden Globe nomination

2002

Starred as author Susan Orlean in the film "Adaptation"; loosely based on Orlean's book The Orchard Thief; received an Academy Award nomination for a supporting role

2001

Returned to the stage to star in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Seagull"; staged by Mike Nichols

1999

Portrayed NYC violin teacher Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras in "Music of the Heart"; required her to learn to play the violin.

1998

Featured in the ensemble drama "Dancing at Lughnasa"; adapted from Brian Friel's award-winning play

1998

Earned eleveth Academy Award nomination for her role in "One True Thing"

1997

Debut as executive producer (also starred) with her first TV-movie in eighteen years, "...First Do No Harm"

1996

Co-starred with Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Marvin's Room"

1995

Received tenth Academy Award nomination as an Italian-born Midwestern woman who has a brief affair with a photographer (Clint Eastwood) in "The Bridges of Madison County," also directed by Eastwood

1994

Played first role as an action heroine in "The River Wild"

1992

Cast as an aging actress who trades her soul for a youthful appearance in the black comedy "Death Becomes Her"

1990

Co-starred with Shirley MacLaine in "Postcards from the Edge," a screen adaptation of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel; third collaboration with Mike Nichols

1989

Played first comedic role in "She-Devil" opposite Roseanne Barr

1988

Portrayed Lindy Chamberlain, a religious Australian woman accused of murdering her own child in "A Cry in the Dark (Evil Angels)"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress

1987

Re-teamed with Jack Nicholson for "Ironweed"

1986

Cast opposite Jack Nicholson in "Heartburn"; second collaboration with Nichols

1985

Played author Isak Dinesen in Sydney Pollack's lavish biopic "Out of Africa"

1983

Received strong reviews and an Oscar nomination for "Silkwood"; first film with Mike Nichols

1982

Earned second Academy Award for her portrayal of a Polish concentration camp survivor in "Sophie's Choice"

1981

Performed first starring role in "The French Lieutenant's Woman"

1979

Cast in the Woody Allen film "Manhattan" as Allen's ex-wife

1979

Won first Academy Award for her portrayal of a dissatisfied wife and mother in "Kramer vs. Kramer"

1978

Earned first Oscar nomination for her supporting role in "The Deer Hunter"

1978

Won an Emmy for her starring role as a Catholic married to a Jewish man in the NBC miniseries "Holocaust"

1977

Made TV-movie debut as the wife of a professional hockey player accused of manslaughter in "The Deadliest Season" (CBS)

1977

Made TV acting debut, reprising her stage role in the PBS "Theater in America" production of "Secret Service"

1977

Made film debut in "Julia" opposite Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave

1976

Appeared in the Central Park productions of "Henry V" and "Measure for Measure"

1976

Appeared in the double bill "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and "A Memory of Two Mondays"; received a Tony nomination as Featured Actress in a Play for the former

1975

Debuted on Broadway in "Trelawny of the Wells" at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater

1970

Made professional acting debut in NYC in "The Playboy of Seville" at the Cubiculo Theatre

Acted with Green Mountain Guild, a traveling theater company in Vermont

Appeared with the Yale student repertory company in the Stephen Sondheim-Burt Shevelove musical, "The Frogs"

Bonus Trivia

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Streep began studying to become an opera singer at age 12.

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Streep formed a child support group with Annette Bening, Carrie Fisher and Tracey Ullman, where the actresses watched each others' children.

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Streep received a Mademoiselle Magazine Award in 1976.

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She was named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Award Woman of the Year in 1980.

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She was awarded honorary degrees from Dartmouth College (DFA, 1981), Yale University (DFA, 1983) and Vassar College (DFA, 1983).

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A Beatles fan since her teens, Meryl Streep presented Paul McCartney with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1990, and during her speech, spoke proudly of attending the 1965 Beatles concert at New York’s Shea Stadium, holding an "I love Paul" sign.

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In April 1998, Streep received the initial Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Bette Davis Foundation.

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Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 16, 1998.

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While being interviewed in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 18, 2007, Streep was asked how she was able to convincingly perform so many different dialects on screen. To the audience's delight, she answered "I listen" in a Northern Irish accent.

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On Dec. 4, 2011, Streep was one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s top award for those who have influenced American culture through the arts.

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In June 2015, Streep sent a letter to all 535 sitting members of Congress asking for the Equal Rights Amendment to be revived and ratified, saying in part "The ERA is not just a women’s rights issue—it will have a meaningful benefit for the whole human family."

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