Mary Louise Streep (aka Meryl Streep) was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey. Her father Harry was a pharmaceutical executive; her mother Mary was an artist/housewife. Sister Dana and brother Harry rounded out the Streep family. Read this interesting article and learn some little known facts about Meryl Streep you’re sure to find interesting!
Meryl Streep seriously wanted to grow up to be an opera singer. She began taking lessons when she was twelve years old. But, during her years at Bernards High School, Streep became interested in acting. A little known fact about Meryl Streep is she was a cheerleader and a Homecoming Queen in high school.
Just like Streep’s acting career, her college education is stellar. It includes studying Drama at Dartmouth College, Vassar College and Yale University. She holds a Masters Degree in Drama from the latter.
A little known fact about Meryl Streep is that she started her career off-Broadway. She then appeared in films like The Deadliest Season and Julia (1977); Marvin J. Chomsky’s Holocaust and The Deer Hunter (1978); Kramer vs. Kramer (1979); Sophie’s Choice (1982); Silkwood (1983); Out of Africa (1985); Ironweed (1987) Evil Angels (1988); She-Devil (1989); Postcards from the Edge (1990); Death Becomes Her (1992); The River Wild (1994); The Bridges of Madison County (1995); Marvin’s Room (1996) and Music of the Heart (1999). A little known fact about Meryl Streep is, she practiced six hours every day for eight weeks in order to learn how to play a violin for her role as teacher “Roberta Guaspari” in the latter.
The New Millenium has seen Meryl Streep perform in movies such as The Hours (2002); Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004); A Prairie Home Companion and The Devil Wears Prada (2006); Evening and Lions for Lambs (2007). A little known fact about Meryl Streep is that “The Devil…” alone earned her a cool five million dollar salary. (By the way, she gave all the costumes she wore in that movie away to a charity auction.)
Watch for Streep in Mamma Mia!, First Man and Dirty Tricks in 2008. Also, the movie A Question of Mercy should be released in 2009.
The five-foot-six-inch actress is known for her hard work and perfection. Streep holds the honor of being nominated for the Academy Award fourteen times thus far. She has won twice. Streep also has been nominated nineteen times for the Golden Globe Award. She has won six times. Premiere Magazine listed her as #46 on their “Greatest Movie Stars of All Time” in 2005 and Entertainment Weekly named her the “37th Greatest Movie Star of All Time.”
Streep is quoted as saying, “Let’s face it, we were all once 3-year-olds who stood in the middle of the living room and everybody thought we were so adorable. Only some of us grow up and get paid for it.”
A little known fact about Meryl Streep is that she was engaged to marry actor John Cazale in the late 70’s. They met while filming The Deer Hunter. Cazale is also known for his roles in The Godfather, The Godfather II and Dog Day Afternoon. Sadly, Bone Cancer claimed his life in March of 1978.
In September of that same year, Streep married sculptor Don Gummer. The couple have four children- Henry, born 1979, Mary Willa, born 1983, Grace Jane, born 1986, and Louisa Jacobson, born1991.