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Inside Meryl Streep’s romance with ‘The Godfather’ star John Cazale

Meryl Streep and ‘The Godfather’ star, successful actor John Cazale met in the 1970s. Although they were very much in love, their relationship was short-lived as the Golden Globe-nominated actor is dead. Here is a glimpse of their love story.

According to critics, Mary Louise Streep, popularly known as Meryl Streep, is one of the greatest living actresses and she celebrated her 73rd birthday on June 22, 2022. The actress, who has appeared in several Broadway productions , began his career on stage. in the late 1960s.

She was drawn to acting at the age of six, enjoyed singing as a teenager, took opera lessons at age 13, and was active in her high school drama club. After college, she went to the Yale School of Drama for three years.

Photo of Meryl Streep circa 1981 | Source: Getty Images

In the late 1970s, Streep moved from stage to film with a role in “Julia” followed by “The Deer Hunter” and “Holocaust.” For her role in “Holocaust,” she won her first Primetime Emmy, and her role in “Kramer vs. Kramer” earned her her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The gifted and versatile actress quickly became one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses. Decades later, Streep has racked up 21 Oscar nominations with three wins. As of November 2019, Streep had 356 nominations and 176 wins.

Although she’s been one of only four actors nominated for acting awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for more than five decades, the actress has kept a very close eye on her personal life.

John Cazale as Fredo Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ | Source: Getty Images


John Holland Cazale, born August 12, 1935, only made five feature films in his lifetime, but they’re all classics. Prior to his film debut, the actor had won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances.

In 1962 he starred in “The American Way”, but it wasn’t until ten years later that he played Fredo Corleone “The Godfather” and reprized his role in “The Godfather Part II”.

John Cazale and Meryl Streep behind Al Pacino at Lee Strasberg’s 75th birthday party on November 29, 1976 | Source: Getty Images

Between 1974 and 1978, the actor, who often played depressed characters, starred in “The Conversation”, “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Deer Hunter”. All of the films he appeared in were nominated for Best Picture, and three of them won the Best Picture Oscar.

Cazale met Streep in 1976 when they starred together in “Measure for Measure,” a production of Shakespeare in the Park, and although he wasn’t a star yet, they instantly connected.

Although they are 14 years older than her, Cazale and Streep started living together. streep said:

“He was unlike anyone I had ever met. It was his uniqueness, his kind of humanity and his curiosity for people, his compassion.”

Unfortunately, their love, which made them the envy of the New York theater world, was short-lived. In May 1977, Cazale was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

Meryl Streep on the set of “Holocaust” | Source: Getty Images

Streep wanted to quit working to be with Cazale, but they both had health issues, so she reluctantly took on the lead role in the “Holocaust” miniseries.

However, she stayed by his side every step of the way, putting on fun acts and reading the paper in different voices. On March 12, 1978, Cazale died at age 42, after completing filming for “The Deer Hunter”.

and Don Gummer attend the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014


Shortly after Cazale’s death, Streep was kicked out of their shared home. As she was packing her things, her brother Harry came to help her, but he was not alone. He went with his sculptor friend Don Gummer who quickly offered him accommodation while he traveled out of the country.

Although not ready for a serious relationship, Gummer and Streep kept in touch by mail, and on September 30, 1978, they were married in her parents’ backyard. More than four decades later, Gummer is still supportive and supportive of Streep in his career.

The couple welcomed four children: Henry, Mamie, Grace and Louisa. Henry is a musician, Mamie and Grace have followed in Streep’s footsteps and are actresses, while Louisa is a model.


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