Mamie Gummer

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Mamie Gummer
Mamie Gummer at Heart Truth 2010.jpg
Gummer at the 2010 Heart Truth fashion show
Born Mary Willa Gummer
(1983-08-03) August 3, 1983 (age 33)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Northwestern University (2005)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Benjamin Walker (m. 2011; div. 2013)
Parent(s) Don Gummer
Meryl Streep
Relatives Henry Wolfe Gummer (brother)
Grace Gummer (sister)
Louisa Gummer (sister)

Mary Willa "Mamie" Gummer (born August 3, 1983)[1] is an American actress. She starred in the title role of The CW series Emily Owens, M.D. (2012–13), and played the recurring role of Nancy Crozier on The Good Wife (2010–15). She has also appeared in the films Evening (2007), Side Effects (2013), Cake (2014), and Ricki and the Flash (2015). She was nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for the original production of Ugly Lies the Bone.

Early life and education[edit]

Gummer was born in New York City, New York,[2] and is the daughter of actress Meryl Streep and sculptor Don Gummer. She grew up in Salisbury, Connecticut, and also spent five years in Los Angeles, California, with her older brother, Henry Wolfe Gummer, and younger sisters, actress Grace Gummer and model Louisa Gummer.[3]

Gummer attended Miss Porter's School, and graduated from the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, before continuing her studies in theater and communications at Northwestern University, graduating in 2005.[4][5]


As a young child, she appeared with her mother in Heartburn (credited under the name Natalie Stern to avoid press scrutiny). Twenty months old at the time of filming, she received a positive review in the New York Times.[6] After graduating from college in 2005, she made her off-Broadway debut alongside Michael C. Hall in the premiere of Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade, for which she won a Theatre World Award. In 2007, she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance in Theresa Rebeck's The Water's Edge.

Gummer made her motion-picture debut as an adult with a minor role in Lasse Hallström's The Hoax (2006), starring Richard Gere.[7] In 2007, she starred with her mother in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel Evening, playing her mother as a young woman. The film, directed by Lajos Koltai, featured Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, and Claire Danes.[7]

She portrayed Sally Adams in the 2008 HBO mini series John Adams, which details the life of the second President of the United States. She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award–nominated revival of Les liaisons dangereuses in 2008, for which she received critical praise.[8] She also guest-starred on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife in the season 1 episode "Bad" portraying Nancy Crozier. Her character returned again on season 2 episodes "Cleaning House"[9] and "Getting Off".

In 2010, she starred in The Lightkeepers with Richard Dreyfuss, Tom Wisdom, Blythe Danner and Bruce Dern.[7]

Starting in 2011, she starred in the ABC medical show Off the Map with Zach Gilford and Valerie Cruz. The show was created by Jenna Bans and Shonda Rhimes.[citation needed] In April 2011, she starred with Hamish Linklater and Alison Fraser, in the Off-Broadway production of The School For Lies written by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Classic Stage Company.[10]

In 2012, she starred in the CW's Emily Owens, M.D. The series was canceled early during its first season, but the network continued to air the rest of its 13-episode order.[11] Starting in 2015, she began a featured role in the WGN America series Manhattan.

From October to December 2015, she starred in the original production of the play Ugly Lies the Bone for the Roundabout Theater Company, and received a 2016 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance.

On February 1, 2016, it was announced that Gummer had joined the cast of the Amazon series The Collection as a series regular in the role of Helen Sabine.[12]

Personal life[edit]

After a year and a half of dating, Gummer became engaged to actor Benjamin Walker in October 2009.[13][14] They married in July 2011 at her parents' home in Connecticut,[15] and resided in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City.[3][16] In March 2013, it was announced that Gummer and Walker had amicably separated and plan to divorce.[17]

Gummer has been involved with charities such as Women's Refugee Commission and the Nomi Network.[3]

Her father is of Norwegian and English descent. Her mother has German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish ancestry.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Heartburn Annie Forman Credited as Natalie Stern
2003 Reservations Hostess Short film
2006 Hoax, TheThe Hoax Dana
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Starbucks employee Deleted scene
2007 Evening Lila Wittenborn
All Saints Day Lily Short film
2008 Alabama Leaves Short film
Stop-Loss Jeanie
Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, TheThe Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Julie
2009 Taking Woodstock Tisha
Lightkeepers, TheThe Lightkeepers Ruth
2010 Coach Stella
2010 Twelve Thirty Maura
Ward, TheThe Ward Emily
2012 He's Way More Famous Than You Herself
2013 Lifeguard, TheThe Lifeguard Mel
Side Effects Kayla
2014 Cake Bonnie [18]
Echo Park Sophie
2015 The End of the Tour Julie
2015 Ricki and the Flash Julie
Year Title Role Notes
2008 John Adams Sally Smith Adams 3 episodes
2010–15 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Nancy Crozier 8 episodes
2011 Off the Map Dr. Mina Minard 13 episodes
Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man Gemma Episode: "In Case of Exposure"
2012 Big C, TheThe Big C Maxine Cooper 3 episodes
2012–13 Emily Owens, M.D. Emily Owens 13 episodes
2014 Elementary Margaret Bray Episode: "Terra Pericolosa"
2015 Manhattan Nora 6 episodes
2016 The Collection Helen Sabine
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie Project Northwestern University Theater
2004 12 Volt Heart Northwestern University Theater
2004 House of Blue Leaves, TheThe House of Blue Leaves Northwestern University Theater
2005–2006 Mr. Marmalade Lucy Laura Pels Theatre, NYC
2006 Water's Edge, TheThe Water's Edge Erica Second Stage Theatre, NYC
2007 Autumn Garden, TheThe Autumn Garden Sophie Tuckerman Williamstown Theatre Festival
2007 Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theatre
2008 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Cécile Volanges American Airlines Theatre
2008 Hunting and Gathering Bess Primary Stages, NYC
2009 Uncle Vanya Sonya Classic Stage Company, NYC
2015 Ugly Lies the Bone Jess Roundabout Theatre, NYC
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play


  • (2006) Theatre World Award
    • Winner: Best Supporting Actress for Mr. Marmalade
  • (2007) Lucille Lortel Award
    • Nomination: Outstanding Featured Actress for The Water's Edge
  • (2009) Lucille Lortel Award
    • Nomination: Outstanding Featured Actress for Uncle Vanya
  • (2016) Drama Desk Award
    • Nomination: Outstanding Actress in a Play for Ugly Lies The Bone at Roundabout Underground


  1. ^ Vincent, Mal (June 29, 2007). "With two acting luminaries starring with their children, 'Evening' is a family affair". The Virginian-Pilot. 
  2. ^ "Newsweek". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Radloff, Jessica (October 16, 2012). "Emily Owens, M.D. Star Mamie Gummer Reveals Her Mom's (Meryl Streep!) Movies That Make Her Laugh, Cry, and Watch Again and Again". Glamour. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mamie Gummer: Streep's Daughter Steps Out". ABC. May 20, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Beyond Her Control". New York. April 27, 2008. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Walter (July 25, 1986). "Screen: 'Heartburn,' Streep And Nicholson". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ a b c "Mamie Gummer". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Rooney, David (May 1, 2008). "Les Liaisons Dangereuses Movie Review". Variety. 
  9. ^ "Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep's Daughter) on THE GOOD WIFE (PHOTOS)". 
  10. ^ "Review of The School for Lies". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (November 28, 2012). "'Emily Owens' cancelled by CW". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ Barraclough, Leo (February 1, 2016). "Tom Riley, Mamie Gummer, Richard Coyle, Frances de la Tour Join Amazon's 'The Collection'". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ Eng, Joyce (October 20, 2009). "Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's Daughter, Gets Engaged". Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Mamie Gummer Engaged to Stage Actor Ben Walker". October 20, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer marries". Entertainment Weekly. July 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ Yuan, Jada (January 6, 2013). "Benjamin Walker Returns to Broadway for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ravitz, Justin (March 30, 2013). "Mamie Gummer, Husband Benjamin Walker Split". Us Weekly. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  18. ^ Rebecca Ford (24 March 2014). "Mamie Gummer Joins Jennifer Aniston in 'Cake' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 

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