|Famous For: Acting Career||Currently Known For: Actress, Singer and Writer|
Currently Known For Actress, Singer and Writer
“Instant gratification takes too long.” When it comes to Hollywood superstars, Meryl Streep hardly needs an introduction after making her professional debut in 1971. Proving her talents over the last four decades from the stage to the silver screen, the New Jersey native has starred in over 80 films and projects including blockbusters like Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, Julie & Julia and August: Osage County. Along the way, critics and fans alike have dubbed her the “best actress of her generation,” which is reflected in her lengthy list of illustrious accolades and her incredible $50 million net worth.
Nominated for a total of 322 awards, Streep has 19 Academy Award nominations to her name and an impressive three wins with many predicting she’ll see a fourth in the near future. But, as incredible as this may be, it isn’t her biggest feat as The Bridges of Madison County star has also earned an unprecedented 29 Golden Globe nominations, which is more than any other actor in the history of Hollywood. To top it off, she’s earned high honors from France in addition to receiving the 2010 National Medal of Arts and the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Beyond her list of impressive honors and achievements, the 67-year-old Streep has also amassed a remarkable net worth thanks to her incredible talent and versatility that are embodied in her character transformation and accent adaptation in every role. So, just how much is she actually worth? Despite her career slowing down in recent years, Streep brought in over $10.5 million in 2015 to pad her already astonishing $50 million net worth. And, while she may not be the richest in Hollywood, she’s definitely living lavishly on her mountain of cash.
After spending the majority of her early career living in a $1.8 million estate in Connecticut with her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, and their four children, Streep later purchased a $3 million home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Eventually moving back to Connecticut only to return once again to California, Streep currently lives in a stunning yet modest mansion in Los Angeles that offers the silver screen star maximum privacy with a perimeter surrounded by tall, lush walls of greenery.
Built on an open floorplan with over 3,000 square feet, the home is just big enough for Streep and her husband with only two bedrooms and an incredible amount of living space that takes full advantage of the gorgeous California landscape with floor-to-ceiling windows and minimal décor enhanced by deep wood tones, natural light and neutral accents. With Streep knowing the heart of the home is in the kitchen, she completely renovated the space and outfitted it with state-of-the-art appliances in addition to adding an adjacent dining room large enough to seat 20 guests. As a finishing touch, the rough-hewn stone wall and massive fireplace was revitalized to tie the rooms together.
As breathtaking as the interior is, the magic of Streep’s estate is its perfect marriage of indoor and outdoor living. The back of the estate faces a spacious deck that’s covered by the second floor wing of the main home and offers an ultra-modern fire pit surrounded by plush sofas. Adjacent to the deck and parallel to the rest of the house is a tiled patio with an illuminated pool and spa. The rest of the backyard is filled with tall shrubs that close off the perimeter of the courtyard while expertly hiding the industrial privacy fence.
As for her cars, Streep can obviously afford to take home any car on the lot but chooses to jet around in environmentally friendly vehicles like her Toyota Prius, a car that’s definitely popular among celebrities. She’s also been spotted behind the wheel of a BMW H7, which is a liquid hydrogen-powered luxury vehicle.
Aside from big ticket items like her California estate and her BMW, Streep uses only a small portion of her fortune to fill her closet with her favorite designer brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Lindsey Thornburg, Fred Leighton and Bulgari. It’s all part of the job, right? Although she has expensive tastes when it comes to clothing and accessories, she is undeniably the walking epitome of classy regardless of the occasion whether she’s walking the red carpet, working on the set or standing in support for one of her many favorite charities.
And, speaking of charities, Streep does her part to stay trendy in Hollywood but she also puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to helping others. A known philanthropist who has donated thousands of dollars to nonprofits like Chime for Change, Equality Now and Stand Up to Cancer, Streep uses her privileged position in the spotlight to raise awareness for dozens of causes. As an international role model to women around the world and the official spokesperson for the National Women’s History Museum, Streep truly is the best of her generation.