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Meryl Streep Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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What is Meryl Streep’s net worth? $90 Million

How did Meryl Streep Earn Her Money and Wealth?

Meryl Streep was born in Summit, New Jersey on June 22, 1949. She is unanimously considered by critics and audiences as the greatest American screen actress and one of the finest in the world. After all she has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards and won three of them. Although she is half German and Swiss from her father’s side she had a typical American childhood and schooling. She showed inclination towards performing arts right from an early age as she appeared in family home movies and minor stage productions as a teen. Her mother Mary Wolf Wilkinson Streep was the biggest source of inspiration in her personal as well as professional life. Apart from being an expert in playing roles with different emotional faculties she is also specialized in mastering various accents for the sake of her film roles.

Like any serious performer she began her professional acting career on stage. After undergoing a few unsuccessful auditions she finally landed her debut film role alongside Jane Fonda in ‘Julia’ (1977). It was a small role and her experiences during the making of the film were not flattering either. Her moment under the sun came when she was cast opposite Robert De Niro in the Oscar favourite ‘The Deer Hunter’ (1978). The critics noticed her craft and solid screen presence and the Academy decided to honour her with a best supporting actress nomination; the first of the record making twenty nominations, so far.

She is gifted actress alright but she was yet to become a star to reckon with and the $106.3 million success of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ (1979) at the box-office was the beginning of her journey towards becoming one of the most bankable Hollywood stars. The supporting actress Oscar victory was an icing on the cake. Streep’s first lead female role came with the drama ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ (1981). Her role was noted for the pitch perfect English accent that she mastered for the literally author backed role of Sarah Woodruff. Her Oscar glory continued with the best actress victory for her poignant turn in the Holocaust drama ‘Sophie’s Choice’ (1982). This time around she perfected the Polish accent and won rave reviews.

Films like ‘Out of Africa’ ($128.5 million), ‘Death Becomes Her’ ($149 million) and ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ ($182 million) made sure that the legend of Meryl Streep keeps growing as well as her market value. However the biggest hits of her career came with ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ ($326.5 million) and ‘Mamma Mia!’ ($609.8 million). Both the films highlighted the glamorous aspect in her persona which has been overlooked in most of her roles. The Golden run at the box office continued with ‘Julie and Julia’ ($129.5 million) and her third acting Oscar came with ‘The Iron Lady’ (2011). It was also a box office success as it grossed $115 million worldwide.

In 2017 she is all set to make history as she is aiming for her 21st Oscar nomination for her role in Steven Speilberg’s political thriller ‘The Post’. Meryl Streep regularly makes the list of world’s highest paid actresses. According to Forbes she is paid a staggering $10 million per film. For an upcoming TV show based on the novel ‘The Nix’ she is reportedly being paid $825,000 per episode. She is a fierce advocate for gender equality and demands equal pay for both male and female actors.

What are the highest grossing movies of Meryl Streep?

1. Mamma Mia!: $609,800,000
2. The Devil Wears Prada: $326,500,000
3. It’s Complicated: $219,100,000
4. Into the Woods: $212,900,000
5. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: $209,100,000
6. The Bridges of Madison County: $182,000,000
7. Death Becomes her: $149,000,000
8. Julie and Julia: $129,900,000
9. Out of Africa: $128,500,000
10. The Iron Lady: $115,000,000

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