In 2011, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep was interviewed by The Talks. She spoke mostly about her role as a mother. When asked if she was much like her own mother, Streep replied: “My mother was someone that walked into a room and lit it up. She made friends easily and she communicated her enthusiasms with great joy. I always wanted to be more like my mother than I am. I loved and admired her very deeply. She chose to see the best parts of life and didn’t choose to look at what’s wrong and what’s holding her back or anything negative.”
Streep’s mother was Mary Wolf Wilkinson. She was a commercial artist, who was trained at the Art Students League in New York. She became the art editor for Home Furnishings Magazine before marrying Harry William Streep Jr, a pharmaceutical company executive. Mary enrolled her daughter Meryl in voice lessons at the age of 12. Mary Streep died in 2001. She was 86.