Meryl Streep parents, Mary Wilkinson Streep, and Harry William Streep Jr. are an artist and a pharmaceutical executive.
Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep, an American actress was born on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
Recognized for her remarkable versatility and skill in adapting to different accents, she is often regarded as the best actress of her generation.
Her illustrious career, spanning over four decades, has been adorned with numerous accolades.
Notably, Meryl boasts a record-breaking 21 Academy Awards nominations, securing victory three times.
Additionally, she has earned a remarkable 33 Golden Globe Award nominations, emerging victorious on eight occasions.
Her entry into the world of feature films occurred in 1977 with Julia. The following year, she clinched her first Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the miniseries Holocaust and secured her initial Oscar nomination for The Deer Hunter.
The turning point came in 1979 when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying a troubled wife in Kramer vs. Kramer.
Streep continued to make waves in the industry, winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1982 for her compelling performance as a Holocaust survivor in Sophie’s Choice.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, she sustained her success, receiving acclaim and accolades for her film work.
Meryl Streep Parents & Ethnicity
Mamma Mia star, Meryl Streep was born on June 22, 1949, to parents Mary Wilkinson Streep and Harry William Streep Jr.
She was raised with her two siblings, Dana David Streep and Harry William Streep III, in New Jersey.
Her mother, Mary, worked as a commercial artist and art editor, while her father, Harry, was a pharmaceutical executive.
Her father is of German and Swiss descent, while her mother has English, German, and Irish roots. Meryl Streep herself is an American citizen.
Meryl’s mother underwent training in fine art and later served as the art editor for Home Furnishings Magazine.
Additionally, she worked as a freelance commercial artist. Mary maintained a studio behind her house dedicated to her artistic endeavors.
Meryl revealed in an interview that her mentor was her mother. She was a mentor because her mother told her Streep was capable and great.
Encouraged by her mother, Meryl Streep was reminded that laziness wouldn’t lead to success, but if she applied herself, there was no limit to what she could achieve. Streep held firm to this belief.
Indeed, the unwavering encouragement from her mother was so constant that Meryl Streep acknowledges it instilled in her a surplus of confidence.
Streep further elaborated, stating, “She said it from the time I was little,” and this continuous reinforcement contributed to her developing a sense of arrogance.
Meryl Streep: Husband & Kids
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer tied the knot in September 1978. They have been married for over a decade.
The couple is blessed with four children- Henry Wolfe Gummer, Mary “Mamie” Gummer, Grace Gummer, and Louisa Jacobson Gummer.
While Meryl Streep has rarely delved into her marriage in interviews, she did open up to the Sydney Morning Herald about her enduring union with Gummer.
She shared that Gummer, a successful professional sculptor himself, was consistently supportive of her career.
According to Streep, he was “always happy to look after the children,” helping her alleviate any feelings of guilt when she needed to dedicate time away from her family to pursue her career.