Meryl Streep first met her husband of forty years, Don Gummer, in the early months of 1978. However, the circumstances surrounding their first encounter were less than ideal.
Streep had been at the bedside of her partner of two years, actor John Cazale, who had been ill for some time prior to his passing during this time period.
Offstage, they began dating almost immediately, and Meryl Streep didn’t take long before she moved into the Tribeca apartment of the guy she was seeing. She explained to Cazale’s biographer Michael Schulman that the actor was unique: “He wasn’t like anyone I’d ever met.”
Cazale met an untimely end on March 12, 1978, while he was a patient at the Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York. When he was confined to the institution, Streep was 29 years old and had not moved out of the flat he had been living in since before he was hospitalized.
According to what Schulman wrote in “Her Again – Becoming Meryl Streep,” she cried while banging on his chest, and for a fleeting second, he “opened his eyes” and assured her that everything was going to be well.
When Cazale’s health began to deteriorate, his girlfriend stayed by his side for the next months and attended all appointments with him.
She said that the event had stayed with her that the terrifying event shifted her outlook on a few different aspects of life. Streep went to Canada to see a friend shortly after the loss of her partner.
Streep was asked by Gummer to stay in his loft in SoHo while he was gone on his travels since Gummer was going to be out from the country. During that time period, the two people spoke with one another by writing, and from that point on, their bond became stronger.
The ceremony took place in the backyard of Streep’s childhood home on Mason’s Island, Connecticut, in the United States. On the other hand, her mother’s reaction to how quickly the new connection developed was less than kind.
When asked about her experiences as a mother, Meryl Streep stated that her career as an actress enabled her to spend more time with her children, which is something she would not have been able to do if she had worked at a desk job.
In spite of the fact that she was a famous person, she was able to lead a normal, private life.
Streep said that she was “always delighted to care after the children” because her husband was “always pleased to look after the children,” which allowed her to feel less “guilty” about being absent from her family due to the fact that she was constantly working.
In her acceptance speech after winning an Oscar for Best Leading Actress in a Role for her performance in “The Iron Lady” in 2012, the actress teared up as she thanked her devoted spouse.