Meryl Streep Net Worth, Money and More

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Net Worth: $45 Million

Meryl Streep, the name which guarantees a huge audience, a blockbuster at the box office, has not just made the audience happy with her performance but has given each of her characters a life that leaves an indelible impression in our minds. Her characters have literally become the reference points in our lives, be it Miranda priestly, the quintessential torturous boss, Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady or her role in Sophie’s Choice, they all have a bearing in our lives. To date she has won 7 Golden Globes, an Australian Film Institute Award, 2 Oscars, 4 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 2 Emmys, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA award and a Cannes Film Festival award. She has also received the most number of nominations at various prestigious awards including 25 Golden Globe nominations, 16 Oscar nominations and 5 Grammy nominations.

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An actor in the making

This charismatic actor was not made in a day. Streep got received her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Vasser College in 1971, as she was instructed from the actress Jean Arthur. Then later she went on to earn an M.F.A from the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, she was exposed to a variety roles in the form of theatre as she played characters from the plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V.  Streep performed in several theatre productions after her graduation including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew with Raúl Juliá, and Measure for Measure opposite Sam Waterston and John Cazale.

Meryl Streep got her first major break in the form of a television miniseries, when she played the leading role in Holocaust (1978) as German woman married to a Jewish artist in Nazi era Germany.

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It’s all about the money, honey!

She’s one personality who never stays out of the Forbes’ rich list. Her movie, Hope Springs (2012) earned a whooping $114 million at the global box office. Her net worth is estimated to be somewhere around $ 45 million.

Salary according to IMDB:

The Iron Lady (2011) $1,000,000
It’s Complicated (2009) $7,000,000 – $8,000,000
Julie & Julia (2009) $5,000,000 + first-dollar gross %
Rendition (2007) $1,000,000
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) $5,000,000
The Bridges of Madison County (1995) $4,000,000 – $5,000,000 + percentage of the gross
The River Wild (1994) $5,000,000
Death Becomes Her (1992) $4,000,000 + % of the profit
Postcards from the Edge (1990) $4,000,000
Out of Africa (1985) $3,000,000
The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) $350,000
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) $85,000
The Deer Hunter (1978) $35,000

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I have a thing for the big machines

Her craze for cars is pretty evident from her collection which range from a Toyota Prius to a BMW Hydrogen 7.

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Social presence that never goes unnoticed

Streep is the spokesperson for the National Women’s History Museum, to which she has donated a significant amount of money (including her fee for The Iron Lady) and hosted numerous events. On October 4, 2012, Streep donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron. She also supports Gucci’s ‘Chime For Change’ campaign that aims to spread female empowerment.

She is an ardent supporter of a number of charities and causes including the Prince’s Trust, the National Woman’s History Museum, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Actors Fund of America and St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters. Meryl and her husband Don purchased a posh loft in TriBeCa in 2004 worth a reported $8.95 million.

In 2004, Streep became the youngest person to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute.

The Happily ever after

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Hollywood actors have always been associated with multiple marriages, break-ups and a huge display of affection in public. However Meryl Streep is above all this and has managed to stay clear of the tabloids for the wrong reasons. In the beginning of her career, Meryl Streep had a three year long relationship with actor John Cazale who was a well known figure in the theatre world and was best known for his role as Fredo Corleone in the classic hit The Godfather. John Cazale passed away in the year 1978, while she was with him until his death.

Meryl Streep later got married to the sculptor Don Gummer, whom she met through her brother Harry. The couple have four children together- a son, Hank who is a musician, and three daughters- Mamie, Grace and Louisa. Meryl and Don own homes in L.A. and New York though they primarily reside at their family home in Connecticut.

I get into trouble when I opine

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There are not many occasions when Meryl Streep hits the news for the wrong reasons, but when she does, it has to be because of her comments. In 2013, as the National Board of Review Awards, Streep, reportedly made derogatory comments about Walt Disney and got herself into a butt-load of trouble by getting in to the bad books of certain people. Apparently she labelled him ‘anti-semitic’ and a ‘gender bigot.’ The Walt Disney Family Museum later issued a statement rebuking Streep’s allegations indirectly.

Another incident that got her into trouble was when she made frivolous comments after Thatcher’s death.  Streep issued a formal statement criticizing Thatcher’s “hard-nosed fiscal measures” and “hands-off approach to financial regulation.

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