- Birthday22nd Jun, 49
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusMarried
Meryl Streep is an internationally famous American actress. Her extraordinary career comprises of several critically and commercially acclaimed movies like The Iron Lady, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Becomes Her, Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice. To date she has won 7 Golden Globes, an Australian Film Institute Award, 2 Oscars, 4 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 2 Emmys, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA award and a Cannes Film Festival award. She has also received the most number of nominations at various prestigious awards including 25 Golden Globe nominations, 16 Oscar nominations and 5 Grammy nominations. In 2004, Streep became the youngest person to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute.
After paying taxes and spending on her lifestyle, Meryl Streep earns around $1.3 million per year without accounting for her paychecks for films. Streep is worth around $46 million. The award-winning actress earned $3 million for her 1985 film Out of Africa, $4 million plus a percentage of the profit for the 1992 film Death Becomes Her, $5 million for the 2006 hit The Devil Wears Prada and $8 million for the 2009 Rom-Com It’s Complicated.
Meryl Streep supports a number of charities and causes including the Prince's Trust, the National Woman's History Museum, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Actors Fund of America and St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters. Meryl and her husband Don purchased a posh loft in TriBeCa in 2004 worth a reported $8.95 million.
Meryl Streep had a three year long relationship with acclaimed character actor John Cazale who was a well known figure in the theatre world and was best known for his role as Fredo Corleone in the cult hit The Godfather. Streep lived with him right till his death in March 1978. Streep met sculptor Don Gummer through her brother Harry who had been a longtime friend of Don. The couple soon got engaged and got married in a quiet ceremony in September 1978. The couple have four children together- a son, Hank who is a musician, and three daughters- Mamie, Grace and Louisa. Meryl and Don own homes in L.A. and New York though they primarily reside at their family home in Connecticut.
- Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
- The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
- Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
- Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't think anything's going to make a difference.
- Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
Did you know?
- Meryl Streep is widely regarded as the greatest living actress, as well as one of the greatest actresses of all time.
- Meryl Streep has received 28 Golden Globe nominations and has won eight.
- She learned to play the violin, by practicing 6 hours a day for 8 weeks, for her role in "Music of the Heart".
- She has a fear of helicopters.
- As of 2013, she has the most Academy award nominations.
Family & relationships
- Don Gummer Husband
- Louisa Gummer Daughter
- Mamie and Grace Daughters
Meryl Streep continues her fascination for a green car and an environmentally-friendly way of life by owning the Toyota Prius hybrid car. She is noted to have said that if everyone had owned a Prius, then the US would not be in the Middle-East! At a time when most car-manufacturers are planning their hybrid baby, Prius is out in its 3rd-gen avatar. A 650V electric motor with a 60 kW and 207 Nm torque capacity sits alongside the usual 4-cylinder, 16-valve, In line Twic Cam 1.8L engine. Its technology assures the customer of the least emissions, fuel economy, smooth riding and amazing acceleration.
BMW Hydrogen 7
As the popular musical, Mamma Mia, premiered in New York, the star actress, Meryl Streep, made a grand entry in her eco-friendly, BMW Hydrogen 7. Like it's owner, the BMW H7 too deserves to walk the red carpet for being a star! With its dual-mode, 12-cylinder internal combustion engine running on liquid hydrogen, the engine is able to deliver a mileage of 125 miles on full tank. BMW has provided all luxuries conceivable - 14 way adjustment seats, roll stabilization, Bluetooth technology, audio systems, digital signal processing, climate control - to promote a green way to drive. The hydrogen fuel however reduces the acceleration and top speed of the vehicle along with taking away more than half the boot space.
Actors Fund of America
Meryl Streep is one of the leading actors of Hollywood and is well respected for her support to different charities and causes. Actors Fund of America is one such organization which the actress has been supporting for a long time. The organization is noted for helping professionals from the field of arts and entertainment. There are several programs and services on offer for those who are in extreme need.
Artists for Peace and Justice
Meryl also supports Artists for Peace and Justice which was founded in 2009 and is manly a fund raising organization that works for social justice and to eliminate issues of poverty. The APJ has raised huge funds to build three schools in Haiti where the students not only learn but also get a hot meal and an access to clean water. The organization also worked tirelessly in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Salvatore Ferragamo FW 2011 Clutch
Having been a style icon for over three decades now, Meryl Streep knows a thing or two about accessorizing. To finish her ‘out on the street’ look, Streep often carried the exclusive black and white pattern clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo. Crafted in printed python skin, this stunning clutch was a part of the designer’s Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Women’s Handbag Collection.
Lindsey Thornburg Full Length Cloak
Meryl Streep hit the red carpet at the British premiere of “The Iron Lady” wearing a stylish two-tone wool cloak by Lindsey Thornburg. The navy blue and black coat comes with an oversized hood and long sleeves and makes a great case for comfortable fashion.
Max Mara Fatima Two Tone Peep-Toe Pumps
For her appearance at the 2012 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Meryl Streep donned a pair of ‘Fatima’ peep-toes pumps by Max Mara. The two tone pumps comes with crisscross straps and a patent leather upper that offsets the 4 inch black patent leather covered heel perfectly.
Fred Leighton Etruscan Gold Pendant Earrings
Meryl Streep walked down the red carpet of the 84th Academy Award wearing a fabulous pair of Etruscan gold pendant earrings by Fred Leighton. The vintage jewelry specialist combines the best contemporary jewelry making techniques with designs and styles that were in vogue in the golden ages of jewelry making.
Anya Hindmarch Marano Glitter Clutch
For the 2012 BAFTAs, Meryl Streep accessorized her somber all-black attire with a classic box clutch by Anya Hindmarch. Lined in leather, the glittering finish of the framed clutch is offset with an elegant clasp closure.
Bulgari 1960 Sapphire Ring
Meryl Streep stunned onlookers at the 4th Rome International Film Festival in 2009 when she showed up to the premier of her film "Julie & Julia" with a fabulous Bulgari 1960 Sapphire Ring on her finger. Crafted by the famed jewelers in 1960, the ring comes with a prominent sapphire sitting in the middle which is surrounded by a row of rubies while a string of diamonds adds much needed sparkle to the ornament.