Meryl Streep Movies & Biography

Biography / trivia

*    Meryl Streep was born on 22nd June 1949 Summit, U.S.A.

*    Her birth name is Mary Louise Streep but she prefers to use Meryl Streep as her screen name.

*    Her father Harry William Streep was a pharmaceutical executive and her mother Mary Wolf was a commercial artist and art editor.

*    Meryl Streep has 2 brothers namely Dana David & Harry William III.

*    She did her Bachelors’ Degree in Drama, at Vassar College in 1971. She later completed her Master of Fine Arts [M.F.A.] at Yale School of Drama.

*    After her graduation in drama she started her career performing in several theaters in New York & New Jersey, she later made her film debut with Julia in 1977 alongside Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave in a small role.

*    She did an audition for lead role in King Kong 1976 film and the director Dino De Laurentiis rejected her commenting to his son in Italian, “She’s ugly. Why did you bring me this thing?” and he was shocked when she replied to the insult in fluent Italian.

*    Her first breakthrough came with TV show Holocaust in 1978 alongside Joseph Bottoms, Michael Moriarty and Tovah Feldshuh, her first blockbuster hit film was The Deer Hunter in 1978 for which she earned nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress‘. her subsequent film Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 was a huge hit and she won ‘Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the film, her 1979 film Manhattan with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton was also a hit.

*    In 1980 decade she appeared in major successful films like The French Lieutenant’s Woman in 1981 alongside Jeremy Irons and David Warner for which she earned nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role’ and won BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, her 1982 film Sophie’s Choice opposite Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol earned her Academy Award for Best Actress among others honors, her 1983 film Silkwood with Kurt Russell and Cher earned nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’, Out of Africa in 1995 earned her nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’, ‘BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role’ and ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama’, her subsequent films like Heartburn, Ironweed, A Cry in the Dark and She-Devil received positive review from all over the world.

*    In 1990 decade her first film Postcards from the Edge in 1990 with Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid earned her nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’, her subsequent blockbusters include Death Becomes Her, The River Wild, The Bridges of Madison County with Clint Eastwood, Marvin’s Room, First Do No Harm, One True Thing, Dancing at Lughnasa and Music of the Heart.

*    In 2000 decade Meryl Streep worked for major films like Adaptation in 2002 which earned nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress’, The Hours, Angels in America, The Manchurian Candidate, The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia!, Doubt, Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated.

*    In 2010 decade she worked for The Iron Lady alongside Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant and Anthony Head, she earned ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’ ‘AACTA International Award for Best Actress’ ‘Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress’ ‘BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role’ and ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama’ for her performance in the film. Her next movie Hope Springs in 2012 also received positive reviews.

*    Meryl Streep dated actor John Cazale and lived with him for three years until his death in Mar 1978, she married sculptor Don Gummer on 30th Sep 1978 the couple have four children namely Henry Wolfe Gummer born in 1979, Mary Willa “Mamie” Gummer born in 1983, Grace Jane Gummer born in 1986 & Louisa Jacobson Gummer born in 199.

Interview excerpts

“Everything that truly makes us happy is quite simple: love, sex, and food! Everything else – power, influence, strength – all those things can overpower what’s important in life. But as long as you have food and shelter over your head, if the necessities are taken care of, what makes us happy on top of that is very simple.”

“I follow no doctrine. I don’t belong to a church or a temple or a synagogue or an ashram.”

“I am not always happy. I am happy in front of the press. I can be extremely grumpy, ask my husband.”

Filmography / all movies list

Sl Year Movie Director Co-stars
1 1977 Julia Fred Zinnemann Jane Fonda,Vanessa Redgrave
2 1978 The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino Robert De Niro,Christopher Walken
3 1979 Manhattan Woody Allen Woody Allen,Diane Keaton
4 1979 The Seductionof Joe Tynan Jerry Schatzberg Alan Alda,Barbara Harris
5 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton Dustin Hoffman,Justin Henry
6 1981 The FrenchLieutenant’s Woman Karel Reisz Jeremy Irons,David Warner
7 1982 Still of the Night Robert Benton Roy Scheider,Jessica Tandy
8 1982 Sophie’s Choice Alan J. Pakula Kevin Kline,Peter MacNicol
9 1983 Silkwood Mike Nichols Kurt Russell,Cher
10 1984 Falling in Love Ulu Grosbard Robert De Niro,Harvey Keitel
11 1985 Plenty Fred Schepisi Charles Dance,Ian McKellen
12 1985 Out of Africa Sydney Pollack Robert Redford,Klaus Maria
13 1986 Heartburn Mike Nichols Jack Nicholson,Stockard Channing
14 1987 Ironweed Héctor Babenco Jack Nicholson,Carroll Baker
15 1988 A Cry in the Dark Fred Schepisi Sam Neill
16 1989 She-Devil Susan Seidelman Roseanne Barr,Ed Begley, Jr.
17 1990 Postcards from the Edge Mike Nichols Shirley MacLaine,Dennis Quaid
18 1991 Defending Your Life Albert Brooks Albert Brooks,Rip Torn
19 1992 Death Becomes Her Robert Zemeckis Goldie Hawn,Bruce Willis
20 1993 The House of the Spirits Bille August Glenn Close,Jeremy Irons
21 1994 The River Wild Curtis Hanson Kevin Bacon,David Strathairn
22 1995 The Bridges ofMadison County Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood
23 1996 Before and After Barbet Schroeder Liam Neeson,Edward Furlong
24 1996 Marvin’s Room Jerry Zaks Leonardo DiCaprio,Diane Keaton
25 1998 Dancing at Lughnasa Pat O’Connor Michael Gambon,Catherine McCormack
26 1998 One True Thing Carl Franklin Renée Zellweger,William Hurt
27 1999 Music of the Heart Wes Craven Angela Bassett,Aidan Quinn
28 2002 Adaptation Spike Jonze Nicolas Cage,Chris Cooper
29 2002 The Hours Stephen Daldry Julianne Moore,Nicole Kidman
30 2004 The Manchurian Candidate Jonathan Demme Denzel Washington
31 2004 Lemony Snicket’sA Series ofUnfortunate Events Brad Silberling Jim Carrey,Liam Aiken
32 2005 Prime Ben Younger Uma Thurman,Bryan Greenberg
33 2006 A Prairie Home Companion Robert Altman Garrison Keillor,Woody Harrelson
34 2006 The Devil Wears Prada David Frankel Anne Hathaway,Emily Blunt
35 2007 Dark Matter Chen Shi-zheng Liu Ye,Aidan Quinn
36 2007 Evening Lajos Koltai Vanessa Redgrave,Claire Danes
37 2007 Rendition Gavin Hood Omar Metwally,Jake Gyllenhaal
38 2007 Lions for Lambs Robert Redford Robert Redford,Tom Cruise
39 2008 Mamma Mia! Phyllida Lloyd Pierce Brosnan,Colin Firth
40 2008 Doubt John Patrick Shanley Philip Seymour Hoffman,Amy Adams
41 2009 Julie & Julia Nora Ephron Amy Adams,Stanley Tucci
42 2009 It’s Complicated Nancy Meyers Steve Martin,Alec Baldwin
43 2011 The Iron Lady Phyllida Lloyd Jim Broadbent,Anthony Head
44 2012 Hope Springs David Frankel Tommy Lee Jones,Steve Carell
45 2013 August: Osage County John Wells Julia Roberts,Sam Shepard

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