Today, Donald Trump constantly seems to rant on Twitter in regards to just about anything; actress Meryl Streep is the latest target of hatred from our rather opinionated President-elect. He has been quoted as calling Streep, “One of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” in response to her attack on Trump during her speech at the Golden Globe Awards. Nevertheless, Streep is a very successful actress and is worth an amazing $65 million, boasting the honorable achievement of being one of six actors to have won more than two different Academy Awards. While fans call her the greatest actress of her generation, she does not claim to be the glamorous performer that the world says she is. What we do know is that she’s beautiful, talented, and worth a pretty penny.
Meryl Streep Net Worth as of 2017: $65 Million
1975 – 1984
Born in the small city of Summit, New Jersey, Streep kickstarted her career after moving to New York in 1975 and participating in a few different theater productions such as Trelawny of the Wells and Henry V. In 1977, she was picked up for her first film, Julia, during which she had a bad experience and did not want to continue in the industry. Thankfully, we have Jane Fonda (who also played a role in Julia) to thank for inspiring the budding star to continue making films and indirectly creating the actress we know and love today. Just a year later, Robert De Niro approached her about his latest film The Deer Hunter, a role that she accepted and received several awards for. She also received a Golden Globe for Kramer vs. Kramer the next year. Soon after, a miniseries named Holocaust was the next role that Streep took, and it forever changed her life and career. Unfortunately, this was the same year that she had found that her partner John Cazale had developed an illness, which was later diagnosed as cancer. Juggling between working on set in Germany and caring for Cazale, she had a lot to do. Later that year, he passed away and has remained an influence in her works ever since. Still, after the success of these works came many more movies and awards, and they still haven’t stopped today.
1985 – 1999
There is always a film that really pushes an actor or actress forward, and for Streep, this film was 1985’s Out of Africa. Critics claimed that she seemed very real and convincing, as though she wasn’t acting at all, and this put her on the radar as a talented actress. Afterward, she played in smaller films that weren’t as noteworthy, eventually finding herself in many less successful films and having problems with her salary. Fortunately, in 1995 came a very successful film known as The Bridges of Madison County. Clint Eastwood’s film saved her career as Streep was facing difficulties finding parts for characters that fit her age. At the end of the decade came the film Music of the Heart, which was the film that earned Streep a nomination from at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
2000 – 2017
The new millennium came in strong for Streep, co-hosting the Nobel Peace Prize Concert alongside Liam Neeson and finally returning to the theater for a few more major performances featuring big names. From here on, she was cast in fantastic films with some of the most well-known actors of the time. In 2008 came the hit production of Mamma Mia!, based on popular songs by the pop group ABBA. A few more hit movies were released, notably including 2011’s The Iron Lady and 2014’s The Giver.
Now, Streep continually wins many awards and lives on as one of the best actors of her time. Who knows what the future holds for this 67-year-old bombshell of an actress? So far, she has been living life just the way anyone would want to live theirs: happy and appreciated.