Mamie Gummer

BATD ON Oct 29, 2009 AT 12:56 pm

Mamie Gummer

Mamie Gummer

Mamie Gummer may not have achieved the status of a household name quite like her mother, the Academy Award winning Meryl Streep, but then again she has years ahead of her! She was born Mary Willa Gummer in 1983 to Streep and sculptor Don Gummer. Gummer grew up between LA and Connecticut with her parents, younger sisters, and older brother. Although now an actress in her own right, Gummer’s first role would not have been possible without her mother; as a baby, she appeared as the daughter of Streep and Jack Nicholson in the film Heartburn.

As a young woman, Gummer graduated from Northwestern University but also studied at the British Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her stage debut came in 2005 with her role opposite Michael C. Hall in a production in New York. In both 2006 and 2007, she received various award nominations for her work in theatre. Gummer switched gears when she made her first credited film appearance in The Hoax with Richard Gere and Marcia Gay Harden. Subsequent projects included Evening (also starring Streep), Stop Loss, and the television series John Adams. Evening—in which Gummer played the younger version of Streep’s character—boasted an all-star line-up including Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Glenn Close, and Claire Danes. In 2009, she appeared in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, a film capturing the story leading up to the world’s biggest concert.

Meryl Streep & Mamie Gummer

Meryl Streep & Mamie Gummer

These days, Gummer is reveling in the recent proposal from boyfriend Ben Walker. The two starred alongside each other in the 2008 Broadway production of Les Liasions Dangereuses. The entire production was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, and although it was not successful in clinching the title, at least Walker was able to snag Gummer’s heart off the stage. Wedding aside, big things await this up-and-coming Hollywood daughter!

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