Grace Gummer

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Grace Gummer
Born Grace Jane Gummer
(1986-05-09) May 9, 1986 (age 29)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Vassar College (2008)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present
Parent(s) Don Gummer
Meryl Streep
Relatives Henry Wolfe Gummer (brother)
Mamie Gummer (sister)
Louisa Gummer (sister)

Grace Jane Gummer (born May 9, 1986) is an American actress. She has had recurring roles on the HBO series The Newsroom (2013–14), and the FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014–15). She is the daughter of Meryl Streep, and played the younger version of her mother's character in the 1993 film The House of the Spirits.

Early life[edit]

Gummer was born in New York City, New York.[1] The daughter of actress Meryl Streep and sculptor Don Gummer, she grew up in Los Angeles and Connecticut with older brother Henry Wolfe Gummer, older sister Mamie Gummer and younger sister Louisa Gummer.


Gummer (billed as Jane Grey) appeared with Streep in the 1993 film The House of the Spirits, as the younger version of her mother's character, Clara del Valle. After graduating from her mother's alma mater Vassar College with a degree in Art History and Italian, she made her stage debut in 2008 in Lukas Bärfuss's The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents.[2][3] From 2010-11, she starred as Anna Moore on the TeenNick show Gigantic,[4] which premiered October 8, 2010.

Gummer appeared in the 2010 film Meskada, in which she played the role of Nat Collins, before playing Abby in Bashert (2010) with Paulo Costanzo. She also had a small role as a student in Julia Roberts' class in Larry Crowne (2011), which was directed by Tom Hanks.[5]

In the spring of 2011 she performed the role of Chloe Coverly in the revival of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York.

Gummer appeared as Katie Rand on the hit NBC television series Smash on March 26, 2012, in the episode entitled "The Coup". The character Katie Rand is a humanitarian attempting to bring peace to her divorcing parents, including mother played by Anjelica Huston.

Gummer had a recurring role on the 2013 television series Zero Hour and joined the cast of the HBO series The Newsroom beginning in its second season, which premiered on July 14, 2013.

In 2014 Gummer starred alongside Halle Berry in her new show Extant

Personal Life[edit]

Gummer is of Swiss-German, German-English-Irish through her mother actress Meryl Streep's side and Norwegian-German through her father sculptor Don Gummer's side.



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Meskada Nat Collins
2010 Bashert Abby Short film
2011 Larry Crowne Natalie Calimeris
2012 Frances Ha Rachel
2013 The Homesman Arabella Sours
2014 Jenny's Wedding Anne
2014 Learning to Drive Tasha


Year Title Role Notes
2010–2011 Gigantic Anna Moore 18 episodes
2012–2013 Smash Katie Rand 2 episodes
2013 Zero Hour FBI Agent Paige Willis 6 episodes
2013–2014 The Newsroom Hallie Shea 10 episodes
2013 American Horror Story: Coven Millie Episode: "The Axeman Cometh"
2014–present Extant Julie Gelineau 21 episodes
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Penny 6 episodes


  1. ^ Hadden, B.; Luce, H.R. (1986). "Time" 127. Time, Inc. ISSN 0040-781X. LCCN 25011669. BORN. To Meryl Streep, 36. two-time Oscar-winning actress, and her husband Don Gummer, 39, sculptor: their third child, second daughter; in New York City. 
  2. ^ "The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents". Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Saltz, Rachel (November 14, 2008). "Sex Without the Shame, but Not Without the Consequences". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Exclusive: Grace Gummer Confirms Her Role In Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne". April 27, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 

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