Mary Wolf Streep

public profile

Is your surname Streep?

Research the Streep family

Mary Wolf Streep's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Mary Wolf Streep (Wilkinson)

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Death: September 29, 2001 (86)
Stamford, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Harry Rockafellow Wilkinson and Mary Agnes Wilkinson
Wife of Harry William Streep
Mother of Meryl Streep; <private> Streep and <private> Streep

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Mary Wolf Streep

Mary Wolf Wilkinson Streep (July 30, 1915 – September 29, 2001) was an American fine-artist and art editor. She was also the mother of actress Meryl Streep.

Life and career

Born Mary Wolf Wilkinson in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Mary Agnes (née Wolf; 1886-1976) and Harry Rockefellow Wilkinson. She grew up in Madison, New Jersey, graduating from Madison High School, she then studied Fine art at the Art Students League in New York.

Streep trained as a fine artist and became the art-editor for Home Furnishings Magazine and also did commercial artwork on an freelance basis. Mary had an art studio in the back of her home. She married Harry William Streep Jr, a pharmaceutical company executive. They had two sons: Dana Streep and Harry William Streep III (husband of actress Maeve Kinkead), and a daughter, Mary Louise Streep. She is also the grandmother of Streep's daughters, actresses Grace Gummer and Mamie Gummer. Her daughter's husband, Don Gummer is also an artist, a sculptor.

Her daughter Meryl Streep has often stated in interviews that her mother has been the inspiration for some her characters she has played on the screen. Mary enrolled her daughter in voice lessons at the age of twelve after noticing her daughter's need to perform.


Streep died at Cornell Medical Center from complications of heart disease after a short illness. Her husband died two years later on July 22, 2003, aged 92. They were residents of Mason's Island, Connecticut.

view all

Mary Wolf Streep's Timeline

July 30, 1915
June 22, 1949
Age 33
Summit, NJ, USA
September 29, 2001
Age 86
Stamford, CT, USA