Mamie Gummer

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Mamie Gummer
Mamie Gummer at Heart Truth 2010.jpg
Gummer in the 2010 Heart Truth fashion show
BornMary Willa Gummer
(1983-08-03) August 3, 1983 (age 30)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Ben Walker
 (m. 2011; separated 2013)
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Mamie Gummer
Mamie Gummer at Heart Truth 2010.jpg
Gummer in the 2010 Heart Truth fashion show
BornMary Willa Gummer
(1983-08-03) August 3, 1983 (age 30)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Ben Walker
 (m. 2011; separated 2013)

Mary Willa "Mamie" Gummer (born August 3, 1983)[1] is an American actress mostly known for her role as Emily Owens in the TV series Emily Owens, M.D..

Early life[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 Louisa.[3]


As a young child, she appeared with her mother in Heartburn (credited under the name Natalie Stern to avoid press scrutiny); 20 months old at the time of filming, she received a positive review in the New York Times.[4] She 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. Later that year, 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, starring Richard Gere. 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.

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.[5] 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"[6] and "Getting Off".

In 2010 she played Ruth Lowell in "The Lightkeepers," which also starred Richard Dreyfuss, Tom Wisdom, Blythe Danner, and Bruce Dern.

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.[7]

In 2012, she starred in the CW's Emily Owens, M.D.. The series was cancelled early on in its first season but the network continued to air the rest of its 13-episode order.[8]

Personal life[edit]

After a year and a half of dating, Gummer became engaged to actor Benjamin Walker in October 2009.[9][10] They married in July 2011 on her parents' estate in Connecticut,[11] and resided in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City.[3][12] In March 2013, it was announced that Gummer and Walker had amicably separated and plan to divorce.[13]

She is also involved with charities such as Women's Refugee Commission and the Nomi Network.[3]


1986HeartburnAnnie FormanCredited as Natalie Stern
2003ReservationsHostessShort film
2006Hoax, TheThe HoaxDana
2006The Devil Wears PradaStarbucks employeeDeleted scene
2007EveningLila Wittenborn
All Saints DayLilyShort film
2008Alabama LeavesShort film
Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, TheThe Loss of a Teardrop DiamondJulie
2009Taking WoodstockTisha
Lightkeepers, TheThe LightkeepersRuth
2010Twelve ThirtyMaura
Ward, TheThe WardEmily
2012He's Way More Famous Than YouHerself
2013Lifeguard, TheThe LifeguardMel
Side EffectsKayla
2008John AdamsSally Smith AdamsTV miniseries
2010–13Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeNancy Crozier5 episodes
2011Off the MapDr. Mina MinardMain cast (Season 1; 13 episodes)
Gifted Man, AA Gifted ManGemmaEpisode: "In Case of Exposure"
2012Big C, TheThe Big CMaxine Cooper3 episodes
2012–13Emily Owens, M.D.Emily OwensMain role (Season 1; 13 episodes)
2003Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie ProjectNorthwestern University Theater
200412 Volt HeartNorthwestern University Theater
2004House of Blue Leaves, TheThe House of Blue LeavesNorthwestern University Theater
2005–2006Mr. MarmaladeLucyLaura Pels Theatre, NYC
2006Water's Edge, TheThe Water's EdgeEricaSecond Stage Theatre, NYC
2007Autumn Garden, TheThe Autumn GardenSophie TuckermanWilliamstown Theatre Festival
2007Desdemona[disambiguation needed]Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theatre
2008Les Liaisons DangereusesCécile VolangesAmerican Airlines Theatre
2008Hunting and GatheringBessPrimary Stages, NYC
2009Uncle VanyaSonyaClassic Stage Company, NYC



  1. ^ Vincent, Mal (June 29, 2007). "With two acting luminaries starring with their children, 'Evening' is a family affair". The Virginian-Pilot. 
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  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. ^ Goodman, Walter (July 25, 1986). "Screen: 'Heartburn,' Streep And Nicholson". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Rooney, David (May 1, 2008). "Les Liaisons Dangereuses Movie Review". Variety. 
  6. ^ "Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s Daughter) on THE GOOD WIFE (PHOTOS)". 
  7. ^ "Review of The School for Lies". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  8. ^ Hibberd, James (November 28, 2012). "'Emily Owens' cancelled by CW". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Eng, Joyce (October 20, 2009). "Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's Daughter, Gets Engaged". Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Mamie Gummer Engaged to Stage Actor Ben Walker". October 20, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer marries". Entertainment Weekly. July 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ Yuan, Jada (January 6, 2013). "Benjamin Walker Returns to Broadway for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ Ravitz, Justin (March 30, 2013). "Mamie Gummer, Husband Benjamin Walker Split". Us Weekly. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
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