Meryl Streep is a multi-award winning American actress revered for Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada, Out of Africa, and Sophie’s Choice. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for her leading role in the Holocaust miniseries, received her first Oscar nomination for The Deer Hunter, and was also the recipient of the Golden Globe Award, the Cecil B. Demille Award, in 2017.

But before her career yielded her accolades of today, including her being described as “the best actress of her generation,” she was a stage actress in New York in the 60s. After all these years, what has her celebrity net worth turned out to be?

Early Life and Hollywood

She was originally born in Summit, New Jersey, in June 1949, and her birth name was actually Mary Louise Streep (you can see where Meryl came from!). Her parents were commercial artist Mary Wilkinson Streep and pharmaceutical executive Harry William Streep Jr., and as a youth, she took opera lessons from Estelle Liebling and participated in cheerleading.

After graduating from Bernards High School, and then Vassar College in 1971, she attended Yale School of Drama for an MFA, which she earned in 1975. Her first professional working gig was working at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. That same year she moved to New York City to work on Broadway, averaging an appearance in over a dozen productions a year, including in The Cherry Orchard. She then quickly made her move to the big screen.


Although The French Lieutenant’s Woman was her first leading role, in 1977, Meryl Streep received her first feature role in Julia. The film starred Jane Fonda, however, most of her scenes ended up being cut. Her role in “The Cherry Orchard,” however, was seen by Robert De Niro and landed her an audition for The Deer Hunter the following year. The same film became Streep’s first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Meryl Streep Net Worth

In the time from the 70s to the late 00s, Meryl Streep has become one of the most appraised, most recognized, and highest-paid actresses. The year after her first nomination, Streep was awarded the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for Kramer Vs Kramer. She has also appeared in A Cry in the Dark, The Post, Julie & Julia, Sophie’s Choice, Death Becomes Her, The Iron Lady, The Bridges of Madison County, It’s Complicated, and Manhattan. The 2008 musical release Mamma Mia! is, of course, one of her most successful films.

Streep has also acted on television in series such as Big Little Lies and Angels in America and has voiced several documentaries. Not to mention, she was in the ensemble cast for the soundtrack for Into the Woods. She holds the 2004 AFI Life Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in November 2014, and over 150 awards from various organizations.


Meryl Streep’s career spans from her Hollywood and television acting work, investing in real estate, and celebrity endorsements. This puts her estimated net worth at an estimated total of $150 million. Streep’s net worth and well-roundedness goes past the box office, seeping into her personal life, as she is still currently married to American sculptor Don Gummer, sharing kids Henry Wolfe, Mamie Gummer, Grace Gummer, Louisa Jacobson. They lived happily in Connecticut before moving to California.

Adored by millions as one of the greatest actresses, it’s no surprise that the films she stars in earn the most and are made with very generous budgets.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on August 13, 2020. 

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