Meryl Streep should be a name that is familiar for people with an interest in American movies. After all, she is considered to be one of the best actresses of her generation, so much so that she has managed to remain prominent in spite of her advanced age. Something that should be considered remarkable because actresses tend to get aged out of the market much, much earlier than their male counterparts. Regardless, considering Streep's continuing prominence, it should come as no surprise to learn that her current net worth has been estimated to be around $90 million by some sources out there.
How Did Meryl Streep Reach Her Current Net Worth?
Streep was born and raised in the state of New Jersey. There, she managed to learn a number of useful lessons, which have managed to remain with her throughout the course of her career. For instance, Streep was a much more introverted person by nature than her mother, but she nonetheless managed to gain a fair measure of confidence because of her mother's encouragement. Furthermore, Streep's experience with opera lessons made her realize that she wasn't interested in doing something that she had no emotional connection with whatsoever. On top of this, it should be mentioned that Streep was involved in acting as well as other performing arts when she was still in high school, which paved the way for her to pursue a BA at Vassar College and then a MFA at the Yale School of Drama.
After graduating from Yale, Streep started acting in stage productions. Initially, she had no real interest in movies, but that changed when she saw Robert De Niro in 1976's Taxi Driver, which convinced her that was what she wanted to do. With that said, Streep's earliest experiences with movies were less than encouraging, which included a failed audition in which the Italian-American filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis insulted her to her face as well as a short appearance in 1977's Julia that horrified her because of the editing that had been performed. Still, Streep persevered, with the result that her breakthrough came with 1978's The Deer Hunter. Something that had been made possible by Robert De Niro, who had spotted her in one of her stage roles.
From that point forward, Streep became involved with a succession of successful projects, not least because of her tirelessness. For example, there was Kramer vs. Kramer, which earned her both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Suffice to say that both honors were well-earned, seeing as how Streep had pushed to make her character more complicated, which necessitated her spending hours and hours watching how parents interacted with their children in the Upper East Side neighborhood in which the movie was set. Likewise, Streep managed to secure the lead role in Sophie's Choice by begging Alan J. Pakula in spite of the fact that it had been written for Ursula Andress, which paid off by providing her with her second Oscar.
Later on, Streep encountered both her ups and her downs. However, while she suffered from the usual shrinking availability of roles to actresses past the age of 40, she has nonetheless managed to play some pretty notable characters in some pretty notable movies in recent years. In the 2000s, there was The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia!, and Julie & Julia. Since then, there have been The Iron Lady, Into the Woods, and a wide range of other roles in other movies and TV shows.
Based on this, it seems safe to say that the bulk of Streep's net worth has been built up through her roles, particularly those that she received once she had managed to become a household name. However, it is clear that she has had revenue coming in from other sources as well. For example, Streep's particular rendition of "Mamma Mia" was very popular on Portuguese music charts. Likewise, it is interesting to note that Streep has actually done a great deal of work when it comes to audio books.
For the time being, Streep's net worth is estimated to be around $90 million. However, her continuing activity means that it could very well rise in the future, seeing as how she has shown few signs of stopping anytime soon.
Written by Garrett Parker
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