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Born: March 19, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Profession: Cast ...


"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

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