Who is Meryl Streep?
Meryl Streep is an American actress who is often described as the best actress of her generation. She is popularly known for her ability to adopt several accents and her versatility. With 21 nominations (to date), Streep currently holds the record for the most Oscar Award nominations of any actor.
Meryl Streep’s real name is Mary Louise Streep. She was born on June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey, the United States to her parents: Mary Wilkinson Streep (mother) and Harry William Streep Jr. (father). As of September 2022, Meryl Streep is 73 years old.
About Meryl Streep’s parents
Meryl Streep’s mother, Mary Wilkinson Streep was an American fine artist and art editor. She was born on July 30, 1915, in Brooklyn, New York, the United States. She had both English, German and Irish ancestry. Mary Wilkinson Streep passed away on September 29, 2001, at the Cornell Medical Center due to complications of heart disease. She was 86 years old at the time of her death.
Meryl Streep’s father, Harry William Streep Jr. was a pharmaceutical executive. He was born on October 3, 1910, in Newark, New Jersey, the United States. He passed away, two years after his wife’s death, on July 22, 2003, at the age of 92.
About Meryl Streep’s siblings
Meryl Streep has two siblings: Harry Streep III and Dana Streep.
a. Harry Streep III
Harry Streep III is Meryl Streep’s younger brother. He is an American actor, popularly known for his works in the movies: “Slow Dancing in the City” and “Christmas Evil”. He was born on July 31, 1951, in Summit, New Jersey, the United States. As of September 2022, Harry Streep III is 71 years old.
b. Dana Streep
Meryl Streep’s second brother Dana Streep is also an American actor. He is popularly known for his work in the movie, “Heartburn” (1986). He was born on August 18, 1953, in Summit, New Jersey, the United States to Mary Wilkinson Streep and Harry William Streep Jr. Dana Streep is currently 69 years old.
About Meryl Streep’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article, Meryl Streep is married to her husband Don Gummer. Streep and American sculptor Don Gummer got married in 1978 and they have been together for 44 years and counting.
Meryl Streep’s boyfriends
Meryl Streep did not date a lot of men before meeting and marrying her husband.
- Meryl Streep dated John Cazale in 1976.
- Meryl Streep and Don Gummer started dating in 1978.
About Meryl Streep’s relationship with John Cazale
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Meryl Streep was 27 years old when she met John Cazale who was 41 at the time. They met in 1976 while starring in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of “Measure for Measure.”
About her relationship with John Cazale, Streep said:
“He wasn’t like anybody I’d ever met. It was the specificity of him, and his sort of humanity and his curiosity about people and his compassion.”
In a sad twist of events, the relationship lasted barely two years as John Cazale was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 1977. Meryl Streep then spent the last five months of Cazale’s life making it as enjoyable and pleasant for him as possible. John Cazale passed away on March 12, 1978, at the age of 43.
Speaking about John Cazale’s death, Meryl Streep said:
“I didn’t get over it. I don’t want to get over it. No matter what you do, the pain is always there in some recess of your mind.”
About Meryl Streep’s marriage to Don Gummer
In the wake of John Cazale’s death, Meryl Streep called her brother, Harry Streep III to help her move out of the loft she shared with Cazale. While Harry Streep was coming, he brought a friend, Don Gummer.
After moving out, Gummer invited her to stay in his vacant apartment while he travelled out of the country. They kept in touch and soon started dating. About six months after Cazale’s death, Gummer and Streep tied the knot. After their marriage, Streep and Gummer attended a series of red carpet events together including the 1989 Oscars and the 2002 New York City premiere of “The Hours.” They welcomed their son, Henry Gummer in 1979, then Mamie Gummer, then Grace Gummer and their last child, Louisa Jacobson. Streep and Gummer have been married for over 44 years and counting.
About Meryl Streep’s children
Meryl Streep has a total of four children from her marriage to Don Gummer.
List of Meryl Streep’s children:
- Henry Wolfe Gummer
- Mamie Gummer
- Grace Gummer
- Louisa Jacobson
a. Henry Wolfe Gummer
Henry Wolfe Gummer is Meryl Streep’s first child. He is an American musician and actor. He was born on November 1979 in New York, the United States. When Henry Gummer was born, Meryl Streep said:
“This baby is an affirmative commitment in pretty desperate times. It’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Henry Gummer is currently married to Tamryn Storm Hawker and they have a daughter named Ida June together. As of 2022, Henry Gummer is 43 years old.
b. Mamie Gummer
Mamie Gummer is Meryl Streep’s second child and first daughter. Her full name is Mary Willa “Mamie” Gummer. She is an American actress known for her roles in movies and TV shows like Evening (2007), Emily Owens, M.D. (2012), Side Effects (2013), Cake (2014), and Ricki and the Flash (2015). Mamie Gummer played Meryl Streep’s daughter in Ricki and the Flash.
Mary Gummer was born on August 3, 1983, in New York, United States. She is currently married to Mehar Sethi. Mamie Gummer is 39 years old, as of 2022.
c. Grace Gummer
Grace Jane Gummer Ronson is Meryl Streep’s third child. She is an American model and actress. She was born on May 9, 1986, in New York City. She is currently married to British-American DJ and songwriter, Mark Ronson. Grace Gummer is currently 36 years old.
d. Louisa Jacobson
Louisa Jacobson Gummer is Meryl Streep’s last child. She is an American model and actress. She was born on June 12, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, the United States. She is currently 31 years old.