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Who are Meryl Streep's parents?

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Born Mary Louise Streep in Summit, New Jersey, actress Meryl Streep is the daughter of pharmaceutical executive Harry Streep and Mary Streep, a commercial artist. Her parents encouraged their children to pursue arts and literature. Streep also has two younger brothers, Harry and Dana.

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Streep's father comes from German and Swiss ancestry. His family line includes a former mayor of Loffenau, Germany.

Streep's mother, who is of English heritage, had a particularly strong influence on her daughter when she was growing up. The actress credits her mother with instilling her with the self-confidence that has enabled her to achieve her success.

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