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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 19, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, singer, producer, shopowner

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Seemingly born atop the Hollywood A-list, actress Glenn Close established herself as one of the finest performers of her generation - or any other, for that matter - with her first film, "The World According to Garp" (1982), for which she earned the first of several Oscar nominations. For the rest of the 1980s, Close quickly became a top leading lady who eventually achieved infamy with her portrayal of a psychotic woman avenging a lost affair in one of the decade's most notorious movies, "Fatal Attraction" (1987). Unlike most film stars, however, Close was more than happy to oscillate from the big screen to television to Broadway; often with even more critical and award success. She played Queen Gertrude to Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990) and voiced Cruella de Vil in the animated classic, "101 Dalmatians" (1996). Close earned critical acclaim as well as Tony Awards for her work on Broadway in "Death and the Maiden" (1992) and the musical "Sunset Boulevard" (1994). Following quality turns in "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000) and "Nine Lives" (2005), Close was Emmy-nominated for her portrayal of Capt. Monica Rawling on season four of "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). But it was her...

Seemingly born atop the Hollywood A-list, actress Glenn Close established herself as one of the finest performers of her generation - or any other, for that matter - with her first film, "The World According to Garp" (1982), for which she earned the first of several Oscar nominations. For the rest of the 1980s, Close quickly became a top leading lady who eventually achieved infamy with her portrayal of a psychotic woman avenging a lost affair in one of the decade's most notorious movies, "Fatal Attraction" (1987). Unlike most film stars, however, Close was more than happy to oscillate from the big screen to television to Broadway; often with even more critical and award success. She played Queen Gertrude to Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990) and voiced Cruella de Vil in the animated classic, "101 Dalmatians" (1996). Close earned critical acclaim as well as Tony Awards for her work on Broadway in "Death and the Maiden" (1992) and the musical "Sunset Boulevard" (1994). Following quality turns in "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000) and "Nine Lives" (2005), Close was Emmy-nominated for her portrayal of Capt. Monica Rawling on season four of "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). But it was her performances as high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes on "Damages" (FX/Audience Network, 2007- ) that proved to be her most significant small screen role. Regardless of the medium, Close remained one of Hollywood's premier actresses.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Low Down (2014)
2.
 Anesthesia (2014)
4.
 Casting By (2013)
5.
 Love, Marilyn (2012)
7.
8.
 Boomerang (2009)
9.
 Evening (2007)
10.
 Tarzan 2 (2005)
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Father left to run medical clinics in the Congo (later Zaire) for Moral Rearmament when Close was 13
:
Began performing with repertory group, Fingernails, then toured country with conservative folk-singing group, Up With People for five years before college
1974:
Joined Phoenix Theatre Company in NYC and made Broadway debut in their production of "Love for Love"
1976:
Broadway musical debut as Mary Tudor in the Richard Rodgers-Sheldon Harnick show "Rex"
1979:
TV-movie debut in "Too Far to Go" (NBC)
1980:
Portrayed Charity Barnum in the stage musical biography "Barnum"; earned first Tony Award nomination; also appeared in the show's national tour
1982:
Screen acting debut in "The World According to Garp"; received first of three consecutive Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actress
1982:
Played lead role in the off-Broadway production of "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs"
1983:
Garnered second Academy Award nomination for "The Big Chill"
1984:
Co-starred with Ted Danson in the ground-breaking ABC TV-movie about incest "Something About Amelia"
1984:
Earned third Oscar nomination for her turn as Robert Redford's girlfriend in "The Natural"
1984:
Dubbed Andie MacDowell's dialogue in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes"
1984:
Returned to Broadway as co-star of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"; directed by Mike Nichols and co-starred Jeremy Irons; won first of three Tony Awards
1985:
First leading film roles, "Jagged Edge" and "Maxie"
1985:
Co-starred with William Hurt in the staging of the oratorio "Joan of Arc at the Stake" in NYC
1985:
Appeared on Broadway opposite Sam Waterston in "Benefactors"
1987:
Changed image by playing the psychotic Alex in "Fatal Attraction"; earned first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1988:
Associate produced first project (a documentary; also narrated), "Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?" for PBS, the "American Experience" series
1988:
Received fifth Oscar nomination and second as Best Actress playing the manipulative Marquise de Merteuil in "Dangerous Liaisons"
1990:
Cast opposite Jeremy Irons as Sunny von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune"
1990:
Played Gertrude to Mel Gibson's "Hamlet"; directed by Franco Zeffirelli
1991:
First TV-movie as executive producer (also starred in the title role), "Sarah, Plain and Tall" on "Hallmark Hall of Fame"; received Emmy nomination
1991:
Made cameo appearance as a male pirate in Steven Spielberg's "Hook"
1992:
First Broadway role in six years, "Death and the Maiden"; co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman; won second Tony Award
1993:
Reprised the role of Sarah in the sequel "Skylark" (CBS)
1994:
Returned to the musical stage as Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of "Sunset Boulevard"; first played the role in the L.A. production; chosen by Lloyd Webber to star in the Broadway version instead of Patti LuPone who originated the role in London; garnered third Tony Award
1995:
Earned a Best Actress Emmy playing Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer who disclosed her lesbianism in NBC's "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story"; also executive produced
1996:
Cast as First Lady to Jack Nicholson's President in "Mars Attacks!"
1996:
Portrayed Cruella de Vil in the live-action Disney film, "101 Dalmatians"
1997:
Delivered a delicately nuanced turn as a mother whose son has returned home to die in the HBO movie "In the Gloaming"; directed by Christopher Reeve; received another Emmy nomination
1997:
Played the US Vice President coping with a hostage crisis involving the First Family in "Air Force One"
1999:
Starred as an eccentric Southerner in Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune"
1999:
Reprised role of Sarah in "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End," the third installment for CBS and "Hallmark Hall of Fame"
2000:
Reprised role of Cruella de Vil in "102 Dalmatians"
2001:
Portrayed Nelly Forbush in the small screen remake of "South Pacific" (ABC)
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Recreated her off-Broadway role in "Albert Nobbs" (lensed 2001); director Istvan Szabo's adaptation of the one-person stage play "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs"
2002:
Produced and starred in the TNT original movie "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring"
2003:
Cast opposite Timothy Olyphant in "The Safety of Objects"; screened at Toronto Film Festival
2003:
Co-starred with Patrick Stewart in Showtime's remake of "A Lion in Winter," story by James Goldman; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2004:
Guest starring role as a potential Supreme Court justice on the NBC drama "The West Wing"
2004:
Cast opposite Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler in the remake of ''The Stepford Wives,'' Bryan Forbes' 1975 cult classic about upper-crust women being replaced by robots with sunny dispositions
2005:
Joined the cast of FX's "The Shield" in season four, playing the new captain of the Farmington precinct; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series
2005:
Appeared in Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives," an ensemble feature about nine short, loosely intertwining tales
2006:
Lent her voice to the animated feature, "Hoodwinked!"
2007:
Cast as ruthless litigator Patty Hewes in the FX legal drama, "Damages"; earned SAG (2007, 2009), Golden Globe (2009), and Emmy (2010) nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2009:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
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Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series ("Damages")
2011:
Reprised role of Granny Puckett in "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil"
2012:
Co-wrote and starred in the period drama "Albert Nobbs," based on the short story by George Moore; also produced
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Education

Choate Rosemary Hall: Greenwich , Connecticut - 1965
College of William and Mary: Williamsburg , Virginia - 1974
College of William and Mary: Williamsburg , Virginia - 1974

Notes

"The characters that I've played, I feel like they're actual women that I've known and that I've learned something from, each one. Each one represents a huge amount of discovery and learning. Some you learn by making mistakes. Some you learn because it was really, really hard. I could talk forever about it. I'm sure any actor could. That's a huge luxury of being an actor. You should only actually get better [laughs]. You shouldn't get worse."---Close to Marc Caro, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, December 27, 2001.

In September 1999, Close and her sisters Tina and Jessie collaborated on an art exhibit of their interpretations of objects discovered on an abandoned ranch in Wyoming. Close's work was in pen and in, her sister Tina's in watercolor and Jessie's in color photography.---From USA Today, August 20, 1999

"In the course of a two-hour conversation ... Close seems to embody two distinct cultures: the blue-blood, William-and-Mary-educated granddaughter of a wealthy industrialist turned earth mother and the cackling, slightly exhibitionistic roadhouse performer who bore her daughter out of wedlock, engaged in rather public affairs ... and who once mooned a Hollywood restaurant full of patrons.

There is about Close not so much a lonlieness, she is the recipient of far too much attention for that to be a possibility as a fierce independence."---From "A Woman To Be Reckoned With" by Hilary De Vries in Newsday, March 13, 1994.

"You know, everyone else thought of Alex [her "Fatal Attraction" character] as a maniac, but I thought of her as damaged. I thought it was so obvious, when she says to Michael Douglas, 'If you can't fuck me, you might as well just hit me ...' that she was obviously an abused woman. I figured people would have some sympathy for her. Shows you what I know." --Glenn Close to Movieline, November 1996.

"My idea of a great part has always been a role that has no dialogue. I think in movies, the close-up is what it's all about. No other art form has the close-up which basically allows the audience to look into somebody's soul" --Close to Us, February 1995.

"My parents were idealists, but they were also humanists. They gave me a sense that we're here to give something back and that material things are not that important. And they gave me a great respect for nature that was always a big part of my life when I was growing up." --Close quoted in Daily News, November 17, 1996.

"Glenn is a very tough lady in some ways, although she has a soft center. ... She's very lacking in pretense when you meet her, and yet she draws on a life that has been fairly complicated." --co-star Jeremy Irons to The New York Times, March 27, 1994.

"I think she is much more confident in her professional life than in her personal life. Her professional life is easier to work out." --actress Mary Beth Hurt to The New York Times, March 27, 1994.

"I know that I want to live my life simply so I can go out and do crazy and daring things in my work, emotionally fling myself over the cliff. I can't go at life like that. Life is a lot more dangerous," --Close quoted in The New York Times, March 27, 1994.

"I've always felt that behind any great creation, there's a sense of outrage. I don't think complacent people can do disturbing art. ... I still have a huge amount of anger in my life. Huge." --Glenn Close in Us, December 1991.

"There is a difficulty for women over 40 to have good roles. There's not a hell of a lot of them out there (that) have any kind of substance, other than being someone's mother or wife or the bitch. (Laughs heartily) The businesswoman bitch, the politician bitch -- they're all in suits. I've worn quite a number of suits in my career."---Close quoted in the Hollywood Reporter Sep. 16, 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Cabot Wade. Married in 1969; divorced in 1971.
companion:
Len Cariou. Actor, singer. Lived together in the 1970s.
companion:
Kevin Kline. Actor. Dated in the 1970s.
companion:
William Hurt. Actor. Had brief relationship.
husband:
James Marlas. Business executive. Married in 1984; divorced in 1987.
companion:
John Starke. Producer. Had production company Trillium Productions with Close; separated in 1991; father of her daughter Annie.
companion:
Woody Harrelson. Actor. Five-month relationship ended in September 1991.
companion:
Cam Neely. Professional athlete. A hockey player with the Boston Bruins; no longer together.
companion:
Stephen Beers. Carpenter. Engaged to be married as of March 1995; separated in 1999.
companion:
Robert Pastorelli. Actor. Met in 1999; Close maintains they are not romantically involved.
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Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Edward Close Sr. Physician. Was director of the American Hospital.
father:
William T Close. Surgeon. Went to the Congo on author behest of Moral Re-Armament group to run medical clinics when Glenn Close was 13; he stayed after the coup d'etat and became chief doctor for the Congolese army in the newly formed Zaire, Africa; has practice in Wyoming; also has twin brother Edward Close Jr, a retired lawyer.
mother:
Bettine Close.
sister:
Tina Close. Older.
brother:
Sandy Close. Younger.
sister:
Jessie Close. Younger co-owns a 1960s-themed coffee shop, Leaf and Bean, and a neighboring bookstore called Poor Richards, with Glenn Close near Bozeman, Montana.
daughter:
Annie Maude Starke. Born on April 26, 1988; father, John Starke.
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