Glenn Close

Born Mar 19, 1947

Glenn Close is an American film, television and stage actress. Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility. Close began her professional stage career in 1974 in 'Love For Love', before moving to film with supporting roles in The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), and The Natural (1984), which all earned her nominations for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Glenn Close.


1947 Birth Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 19, 1947, the daughter of William Taliaferro Close, a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo and served as a personal physician to Mobutu Sese Seko, and socialite Bettine Moore Close. … Read More


1965 18 Years Old Close traveled for several years in the mid-to-late 1960s with an MRA singing group called Up With People, and attended Rosemary Hall (now Choate Rosemary Hall), graduating in 1965. … Read More


1969 22 Years Old From 1969 to 1971, Close was married to Cabot Wade, a guitarist and songwriter, with whom she had performed during her time at Up with People.
1974 27 Years Old Glenn Close started her professional stage career in 1974 at at the age of 27 and her film work in 1982 at 35. … Read More
1975 28 Years Old Close made her television debut in 1975; it was a small role in the anthology series Great Performances.


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In 1979, she filmed the television movie Orphan Train and Too Far to Go. … Read More
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In 1980, director George Roy Hill discovered Close on Broadway and asked her to audition with Robin Williams for a role in The World According to Garp, which would become her first film role.
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In 1984, Close was given a part in Robert Redford's baseball drama The Natural, although it was a small supporting role she earned a third consecutive Oscar nomination. … Read More
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Eventually, Close began to seek different roles to play because she did not want to be typecast as a motherly figure. She starred in the 1985 romantic comedy Maxie, alongside Mandy Patinkin. … Read More


1987 - 1990 3 More Events
1991 44 Years Old Close also dated actor Woody Harrelson from 1991 to 1994 after co-starring together in the play Brooklyn Laundry.
1992 45 Years Old In 1992, Close became a trustee emeritus of The Sundance Institute. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old In 1995 Close was engaged to carpenter Steve Beers, who had worked on Sunset Boulevard, but the two never married, and they separated in 1999. … Read More


1998 - 2000 3 More Events
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Close later filmed The Safety of Objects which premiered in 2001, a movie about four suburban families dealing with maladies. … Read More
2002 - 2003 2 More Events
2005 58 Years Old In 2005, Close joined the FX crime series The Shield, in which she played Monica Rawling, a no-nonsense precinct captain, this became her first TV role in a series. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old In February 2006, Close married executive and venture capitalist David Evans Shaw in Maine. The couple divorced in August 2015. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old Close was later approached by FX executives who pitched a television series (Damages) for her to star in, that would only be filmed in New York City. In 2007, Close played the ruthless and brilliant lawyer Patty Hewes on Damages for five seasons.
2008 61 Years Old …  Close voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election and attended his inauguration.
2012 65 Years Old She provided the voice of the "Giant" in the Summer 2012 production of the musical Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. … Read More
In 2014 she starred in a production of the Pirates of Penzance for the Public Theater in New York, playing the role of Ruth. … Read More
2015 68 Years Old In 2015, she donated to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Close is a six-time Academy Award nominee, tying the record for being the actress with the most nominations never to have won (along with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter). As of 2016, Close is the only living actor with the most Oscar nominations without a win. … Read More
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