Glenn Close
American actress
Glenn Close
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.
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Jake Tapper Has One-Word Response To SNL’s Creepy Kellyanne Conway 'SNL' Sketch
Huffington Post - 7 days
Kate McKinnon’s impression of Kellyanne Conway was completely unhinged on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend. McKinnon channeled Glenn Close during a “Fatal Attraction” spoof in which President Donald Trump’s advisor breaks into CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s apartment and tells the anchor, that she “just want[s] to be part of the news, Jake.” McKinnon’s dark portrayal included Conway throwing knives, coming back from the dead and licking and sniffing Beck Bennett, who played Tapper, and saying he smelled like news. Thankfully no bunnies were involved. But the real Jake Tapper did hop on to Twitter on Sunday morning to give his reaction — and he seemed uncomfortable. Um https://t.co/pFOrMFWgqC — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 12, 2017 Despite his initial response, Tapper seemed to have a good sense of humor about the sketch in general. For instance, when someone asked Tapper about the crazy-high hairlin ...
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Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard: "The Greatest Star of All"
Huffington Post - 9 days
A musical of outsized passions as only Andrew Lloyd Webber could compose, Sunset Boulevard trades in hyperbole. "The greatest star of all," in the words of Max, her homme d'affaires, Norma Desmond is camp drama queen extraordinaire. With Glenn Close in the role, reprising her Tony-winning performance of 22 years ago at the Palace Theater, Norma is petit as she is large. Need dominates her manipulations so acutely, only the powerhouse chops of the actress who put the word fatal in Fatal Attraction could pull off this tour de force of fragility and grand delusion. Descending a staircase on a set that also includes a 40 piece orchestra, spare enough to feature projections of old Hollywood, its streets, cars, and populace partying away, Norma Desmond is at home in a mansion of many rooms including one over the garage where Joe Gillis (Michael Xavier), a down on his luck writer comes to reside, entrapped in her web. She wants Joe to help stage a comeback, oops: she prefers return, to star ...
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Review: That ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Close-Up, Finely Focused
New York Times - 11 days
The pared-down revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical relies more on Glenn Close’s astounding performance than the original lavish production could.
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It Could Be Decades Before We Say 'Madam President'
Huffington Post - 2 months
Are you surprised that America elected a black president before a female president? Given the history of servitude, institutional racism and implicit bias that blacks have experienced, you might think that the odds tilt heavily in favor of women when it comes to electing a president.  But you’d be wrong. Black men were granted the right to vote decades before women. In 1870, the 15th Amendment granted citizens the right to vote regardless of their “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” In 1920, the 19th Amendment finally granted voting rights not just to men but to all citizens. Black citizens had 50 years to figure out our political system before women could even vote. But time alone doesn’t completely explain the advantage blacks have over women on Election Day. Social science tells us that the traits of a strong leader like assertiveness, dominance and confidence are more likely to be masculine traits than feminine traits. In fact, our research has found that ...
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Aisle View: <em>Liaisons</em>, What's Happened to Them?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Photo: Joan Marcus Christopher Hampton's 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses last appeared locally in a middling 2008 production starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels at the Roundabout that was, despite the dazzling dialogue and amorous action, pretty much dull as ditchwater. Compared to which, this new production at the Booth--which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Janet McTeer, and with Liev Schreiber added to the mix for New York--rehabilitates the play's reputation. This new Liaisons, directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly). Call it a solid B+. It is questionable--or perhaps dangereus?--to compare an all-new production with the original; one has to assume that the majority of the potential audience is coming to the play innocent. (In this particular case, it is al ...
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Glenn Close Will Star, Again, in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ on Broadway
NYTimes - 4 months
Ms. Close is bringing the role back to Broadway for 16 weeks beginning in February at the Palace Theater.
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Is It Ever Ok To Take Health Advice From A Celebrity?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Maybe you didn’t even personally read the latest celebrity health claim. A friend referenced it in passing on social media – and perhaps your friend didn’t tell you where he or she heard that advice. Or you simply noticed increasing buzz surrounding the topic, more momentum to undergo a health screening, to not vaccinate a child, to steam clean –what?  In the disorienting collision between the fast and furious Information Age and frighteningly complex, ever-evolving 21st century health care, many are at a loss to determine what’s best for their health. With no way to possibly process all the disparate, frequently changing messages, experts say passionate accounts from public figures – celebrities – cut through much of the noise and communicate clearly, where health providers often don’t. “I think the crux of much of this problem is that U.S. adults have very low health literacy,” says Dr. Shelly Campo, an associate professor of community and behavioral health at the Unive ...
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Review: ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins,’ a Child’s Story Elevated by Grown-Ups
NYTimes - 5 months
Although this film centers on an unruly foster child adapting to a new home, the real heart of the movie lies in the performances of Kathy Bates and Glenn Close.
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12 Times That Oscar Got Best Actress Wrong
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sometimes the Academy Awards get it right. And sometimes the Oscar goes to actors for the wrong reason -- especially in the leading role categories. Let's face it, in its 88 years, there are instances where actors were awarded Oscars not because they were truly the category's strongest, but because they were the most popular, the most sentimental, played the studio politics game with the most savvy, played the most likable character, the actor whose character dies from the most horrible disease, etc. All wrong reasons. I have always loved the Academy Awards' Best Actress category, and this year's crop features the five strongest in years: Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan -- all worthy. I sincerely hope that the "best" performance wins, and I urge everyone to see all five before weighing in. If I could rewrite Best Actress history, I would tweak some of its more frustrating choices. So in chronological order, I'm calling out twelve ins ...
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<i>Reporting Always: Writings From The New Yorker</i> by Lillian Ross
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Is there a writer who has not aspired to contribute to The New Yorker? Merely even one piece? That would be a prize. But to have written for this celebrated magazine for 60 years under its famed and awesome editors, and to have begun there more or less by serendipity surely qualifies for a charmed writer's life. In 1944, Lillian Ross was writing for a left-leaning New York daily called PM. The editor of PM, Peggy Wright Weidman, was asked by William Shawn, then the managing editor of The New Yorker, to join their staff. When she turned down the job she wrote to Shawn suggesting he hire Ross, which he proceeded to do. Ross began writing pieces for The Talk of the Town, the enduring, chatty opening to each issue. Before long she was reporting on personalities and events in lengthier pieces, which expanded her range to include national and international stories; both her shorter and longer stories are well illustrated in this book. A notable short section in Ross' introduct ...
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Cornelia Street Cafe: The Whole World Passes Through
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It had been an antique store, then a junk store, then a hideous hangout for Thunderbird-sipping neighborhood workers. Since 1977, the location has been The Cornelia Street Cafe, an elegant West Village magnet for an amazing array of artists. It has become a New York institution, having won numerous awards for its superb food (Check Cornelia Street Cafe's Christmas and New Year's Eve prix fixe menus here) as well as its lineup of varied cultural programming. At its heart, Cornelia Street is an artist's cafe, and the womb of this spirit lies in its narrow, colorful basement. In this open, public venue, performers of all kinds, professionals as well as part-timers, express whatever passion they possess. According to Cornelia Street owner Robin Hirsch, the space hosts about 700 shows each year and stages poetry and spoken-word in no less than 14 languages. It is one of Downbeat magazine's 100 Great Jazz Clubs of the World and among All About Jazz's Top Five Jazz Venue in New York City. ...
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Robert Loggia, Movie And TV Tough Guy, Dead At 85
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Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia, who was known for gravelly voiced gangsters from "Scarface" to "The Sopranos" but who was most endearing as Tom Hanks' kid-at-heart toy-company boss in "Big," has died. He was 85. Loggia's wife Aubrey Loggia said he died Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a five year battle with Alzheimer's. "His poor body gave up," she said. "He loved being an actor and he loved his life." A solidly built man with a rugged face and gravelly voice, Loggia fit neatly into gangster movies, playing a Miami drug lord in "Scarface," which starred Al Pacino; and a Sicilian mobster in "Prizzi's Honor," with Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. He played wise guys in David Lynch's "Lost Highway," the spoofs "Innocent Blood" and "Armed and Dangerous," and again on David Chase's "The Sopranos," as the previously jailed veteran mobster Michele "Feech" La Manna. It was not as a gangster but as a seedy detective that Loggia received his only Academy Award nominati ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Glenn Close
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 68
    In a 2016 interview with Andrew Marr for the BBC, Close criticized Donald Trump, calling his campaign "terribly frightening."
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    On June 16, 2016, Close donated $75,000 to the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, in order to give counselling and help to victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
    More Details Hide Details Close frequently promotes her charitable causes through her Twitter account. Close currently resides in Bedford Hills, New York but still has a condo in the West Village. She also owns properites in Wellington, Florida, and Bozeman, Montana. In the early 1990's, she owned a coffee shop in Bozeman, but sold it in 2006. In 2011, Close sold her apartment in The Beresford for $10.2 million. She also runs a 1,000 acre ranch in Wyoming. Close has an estimated net worth of $50 million.
    As of 2016, films featuring Close have grossed over $2.4 Billion worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details On January 12, 2009, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Film historian Cari Beauchamp has stated, “When you look at the top 10 actresses of the past 80 years, since sound came in, first you have Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep – but I think Glenn Close is definitely in that list, it’s a combination of her guts, in the roles she chooses, and her perseverance. Frankly, she’s taken roles that are more challenging than a lot of other people."
    In 2016, Close will be inducted in The Theater Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details box It's molecular even, the energies that can go back and forth. I started in theater and when I first went into movies I felt that my energy was going to blow out the camera." Close is regarded as an extraordinarily versatile actress with an immersive acting style. In 1995, Close guest starred on Inside the Actors Studio to discuss her film career. James Lipton described her as an actor who "can find an outstanding number of layers in a role or a single moment; Close is a supple actor who performs subtle feats." Close credits the theatre for the acting skills she developed, "To me, it's where you really develop as an artist. I have a huge respect for film acting, but onstage, you don't have editors and you don't have sound people. You don't have the close-up. You're out there with your fellow actors and the audience. It's a chemical mixture that's happened for centuries!" Close is also professionally trained by acting coach Harold Guskin, who also taught Kevin Kline and James Gandolfini. Working with Guskin, Close learned several important lessons, which she said she’s applied to her career as well as her life. One such lesson, she claims, was to remember to breathe and let it all go, "You have to maintain a certain openness, and if you don't maintain that, you lose something vital as an actor.
    In April 2016 she returned as Norma Desmond in the musical Sunset Boulevard on the West End stage.
    More Details Hide Details Close was met with rave reviews after returning to this same role twenty-three years later. Both The Times and The Daily Telegraph gave the production five stars and praised Close's performance. During the production Close was forced to cancel three shows due to a chest infection. She was hospitalized but later recovered and finished the remaining shows. She hosted the 46th and 49th Annual Tony Awards.
    In 2016, she appeared in The Great Gilly Hopkins and Warcraft.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the British zombie horror drama The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) as Dr. Caldwell, a scientist researching for a cure. In 2017, she will star alongside Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe in What Happened to Monday? Close's romantic comedy Wilde Wedding (2017) will also be released in the same year. She will be reunited with actors John Malkovich (her co-star in Dangerous Liaisons), and Patrick Stewart (co-star in The Lion in Winter). Close will also appear as Owen Wilson's mother in the comedy Bastards (2017). Her upcoming projects include Crooked House, a film adaptation of the novel by Agatha Christie and The Wife, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer. Close will star in Duchess, playing Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the Grand Russian Duchess Anastasia. In total, Close has been nominated for six Academy Awards, for Best Actress in Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, and Albert Nobbs and for Best Supporting Actress in The Natural, The Big Chill, and The World According to Garp. Close was asked about the fact of not having an Oscar, for which she answered: "And I remember being astounded that I met some people who were really kind of almost hyper-ventilating as to whether they were going to win or not, and I have never understood that. Because if you just do the simple math, the amount of people who are in our two unions, the amount of people who in our profession are out of work at any given time, the amount of movies that are made every year, and then you're one of five.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, she has been nominated for four Tonys (three wins), fourteen Emmys (three wins), thirteen Golden Globes (two wins), two Drama Desk Awards (one win) and eight Screen Actors Guild Awards (one win). She has also won an Obie award and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and a BAFTA.
  • 2015
    Age 67
    In 2015, she donated to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
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  • 2014
    Age 66
    In October 2014, Close returned to Broadway in the starring role of Agnes in Pam MacKinnon's revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at the Golden Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Her co-stars were John Lithgow as Tobias, Martha Plimpton as Julia and Lindsay Duncan as Claire. The production grossed $884,596 over eight preview performances during the week ending Oct. 25, setting a new house record at the Golden Theatre. The production received mixed reviews although the cast was praised
    The bill, was signed into law by President Obama in April 2014, and will give $1.1 billion in funding to help strengthen the mental health care system in the US.
    More Details Hide Details She was awarded the WebMD Health Hero award in 2015 for her contributions to mental health initiatives. Close is also a member of the CuriosityStream Advisory Board.
    In 2014 she starred in a production of the Pirates of Penzance for the Public Theater in New York, playing the role of Ruth.
    More Details Hide Details This production featured Kevin Kline, Martin Short and Anika Noni Rose.
  • 2012
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The production also featured Amy Adams as The Baker's Wife and Donna Murphy as The Witch.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    Close voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election and attended his inauguration.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 58
    In February 2006, Close married executive and venture capitalist David Evans Shaw in Maine. The couple divorced in August 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Close has campaigned for many issues like gay marriage, women's rights, animal rights, and mental health. In 1989, she attended pro-choice marches in Washington D.C. with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. In 1998, Close was a part of a star-studded cast which performed The Vagina Monologues at a benefit. It raised $250,000 in a single evening with proceeds going to the effort to stop violence against women. Close identifies as a feminist. She was honored with a GLAAD Media Award in 2002 for promoting equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. She volunteered and produced a documentary for Puppies Behind Bars, an organization that provides service dogs for wounded war veterans. She is also a trustee of The Wildlife Conservation Society and volunteers at Fountain House in New York City, a facility dedicated to the recovery of men and women who suffer with mental illness. Close is a Founding Member of the Panthera Conservation Advisory Committee. Panthera is an international nonprofit whose sole mission is conservation of the world’s 36 species of wild cats.
  • 2005
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Close stated that she made the right move because television was in a "golden era" and the quality of some programs had already risen to the standards of film. She was nominated for an Emmy but did not win. Although she only starred in season four of the series, Close was offered to continue her character. She respectfully declined because she did not want to miss out on more family time. The Shield was filmed in Los Angeles, which was too far from Close's residence in New York City.
  • 2003
    Age 55
    In 2003 she played Eleanor of Aquitaine in the Showtime produced film The Lion in Winter.
    More Details Hide Details Close won a Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild award for her performance.
  • 2002
    Age 54
    Close guest-starred on Will and Grace in 2002, portraying a satirical version of Annie Leibovitz, earning her an Emmy nomination for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
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  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001, she starred in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific as Nellie Forbush on ABC.
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    Close later filmed The Safety of Objects which premiered in 2001, a movie about four suburban families dealing with maladies.
    More Details Hide Details This was Kristen Stewart's first film role, Close and Stewart would later reunite in the 2015 film Anesthesia. Close starred in Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her in the same year, this would be one of many future collaborations with director Rodrigo Garcia. In 2004, she played Claire Wellington, an uptight socialite in the comedy The Stepford Wives opposite Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. She provided the voice of the Blue Fairy in the English version of Pinocchio (2002) and Granny in the animated film Hoodwinked (2005). Close continued to do smaller films like Le Divorce (2003) and The Chumscrubber (2005). In 2005, she reunited with director Rodrigo Garcia to do Nine Lives, he would later direct Close in the film Albert Nobbs (2011). In the same year, she starred in the film Heights (2005), an independent drama centered on the lives of five New Yorkers. Close's performance was lauded by critics. In 2007, Close joined friend and previous co-star Meryl Streep in the ensemble drama Evening. This would be Close's final theatrical film role of the decade, since she began to star in her own television series, Damages (2007).
  • 2000
    Age 52
    Close began to appear in television movies rather than doing theatrical films in the early 2000's.
    More Details Hide Details She returned as Cruella de Vil in 102 Dalmatians (2000), although the film received mixed reviews, it performed well at the box office.
  • 1999
    Age 51
    In 1999, Close provided the voice of Kala in Disney's animated film Tarzan.
    More Details Hide Details She later went on to receive great reviews for her comedic role as Camille Dixon in Cookie's Fortune (1999).
  • 1998
    Age 50
    Close was also a guest star at the Andrew Lloyd Webber fiftieth birthday party celebration in the Royal Albert Hall in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared as Norma Desmond and performed songs from Sunset Boulevard. She would later re-team with the show's director, Trevor Nunn, in London for his Royal National Theatre revival of A Streetcar Named Desire in 2002. Close won a Tony Award in 1984 for The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols. In 1992 she won another Tony Award for Death and the Maiden. Close performed at Carnegie Hall, narrating the violin concerto The Runaway Bunny, a concerto for reader, violin and orchestra, composed and conducted by Glen Roven.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Actor Robert Pastorelli and Close were also romantically linked in the late 90's, they acted alongside each other in the ABC made-for-TV production of South Pacific (musical).
  • 1992
    Age 44
    In 1992, Close became a trustee emeritus of The Sundance Institute.
    More Details Hide Details Close appeared in the newsroom comedy-drama The Paper (1994), directed by her good friend Ron Howard. She insisted on doing more comedies but felt that she struggled in this role saying, "I have to criticize my performance in that movie. It all took place in one day. My character was having a bad day, so she's having a bad day throughout the whole movie. But this was a comedy, and I think I was too serious, too dense." She would go on to appear in the alien invasion satire Mars Attacks! (1996) as The First Lady and as the sinister Cruella de Vil in the Disney hit 101 Dalmatians. Close's portrayal of Cruella de Vil was universally praised and earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a comedy. The film was also a commercial success, grossing $320.6 million in theaters against a $75 million budget. The following year, Close appeared in another box office hit with Air Force One (1997), playing the trustworthy vice president to Harrison Ford's president. Close would later star in the war film Paradise Road (1997) as a choir conductor of the women imprisoned by the Japanese in World War II.
  • 1991
    Age 43
    Close also dated actor Woody Harrelson from 1991 to 1994 after co-starring together in the play Brooklyn Laundry.
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  • 1990
    Age 42
    In 1990, Close went on to play the role of Sunny von Bülow opposite Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune to critical acclaim.
    More Details Hide Details The film drew some controversy since it dealt with the Claus von Bülow murder trial, while the real Sunny von Bülow was still in a vegetative state. Sunny's children also publicly criticized the movie. In the same year, Close played Gertrude in Franco Zeffirelli's film adaption of Hamlet. It was the first Shakespeare role that Close had ever attempted on screen (she appeared in 1975 in a stage production of "King Lear", in Milwaukee). Close would later go on to join the cast of The House of the Spirits, reuniting her with Jeremy Irons. She also had a cameo appearance in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991) as a pirate.
  • 1988
    Age 40
    In 1988 she played the scheming aristocrat The Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons.
    More Details Hide Details Close earned stellar reviews for her performance and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. In addition, she received her first BAFTA nomination but did not win. Close's final film role of the decade was Immediate Family (1989), a drama about a married couple seeking to adopt a child. Producer Lawrence Kasdan had Close star in the film, as he directed her previously in The Big Chill.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1987
    Age 39
    In 1987 Close played the disturbed book editor Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, which was the role that propelled Close into stardom.
    More Details Hide Details The movie became a box-office success and the highest-grossing film worldwide of that year. The character of Alex Forrest has been considered one of Close's most iconic roles, the word "bunny boiler" has even been added to the dictionary, referencing a scene from the movie. During the re-shoot of the ending, Close suffered a concussion from one of the takes when her head smashed against a mirror. After being rushed to the hospital, she discovered, much to her horror, that she was actually a few weeks pregnant with her daughter. To this day, Close said watching the ending makes her uncomfortable because of how much she unknowingly put her unborn daughter at risk. Close stated in an interview that, "Fatal Attraction was really the first part that took me away from the Jenny Fields, Sarah Coopers—good, nurturing women roles. I did more preparation for that film than I’ve ever done."
  • 1985
    Age 37
    In 1985, Close starred in the legal thriller Jagged Edge, opposite Jeff Bridges.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, Jane Fonda was attached to the role, but was replaced with Close when she requested changes in the script. Producer Martin Ransohoff was against the casting of Close because he said she was "too ugly" for the part. Close eventually heard about this and said she didn't want Ransohoff on set while she was making her scenes. Director Richard Marquand stood by her side and sent Ransohoff away. Infuriated, Ransohoff went to the studio heads trying to get Close and Marquand fired from the picture. The studio denied the action stating they were pleased with their work in the film. Jagged Edge received favorable to positive reviews and grossed $40-million on a $15-million budget.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Close was given favorable reviews but the movie was critically panned.
  • 1984
    Age 36
    She was married to businessman James Marlas from 1984 to 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Soon afterwards, she began a relationship with producer John Starke, whom she had previously met on the set of The World According to Garp. In 1988 the two had a daughter together, Annie Starke, who is currently an aspiring actress. They separated in 1991.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Close, to this day, credits her nomination to cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, stating That hat was designed so the sunlight would come through. We waited for a certain time of day, so the sun was shining through the back of the stadium. And he had a lens that muted the people around me. It was an incredibly well thought-out shot. And I honestly think that's the reason I got nominated.
  • 1980
    Age 32
    The 1980's proved to be Close's most successful decade in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details She made her debut film performance in The World According to Garp which earned Close her first Oscar nomination. She played Robin Williams’ mother, despite being just four years older than him. The following year she played Sarah Cooper in The Big Chill, director Lawrence Kasdan, said he specifically wrote that character for her. The movie received positive reviews and was a financial success. Close became the third actor to receive a Tony, Emmy, and Oscar (Academy Award) nomination all in the same calendar year after the release of The Big Chill.
    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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  • 1979
    Age 31
    From 1979 to 1983 she dated Broadway actor Len Cariou.
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    In 1979, she filmed the television movie Orphan Train and Too Far to Go.
    More Details Hide Details The latter film, included Blythe Danner and Michael Moriarty in the cast, Close played Moriarty's lover.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 27
    Close made her television debut in 1975; it was a small role in the anthology series Great Performances.
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  • 1974
    Age 26
    Glenn Close started her professional stage career in 1974 at at the age of 27 and her film work in 1982 at 35.
    More Details Hide Details During her senior year of college, Close became inspired to pursue a career in acting after watching an interview of Katharine Hepburn on the The Dick Cavett Show. The following day she called her school's theater department to be nominated for a series of auditions through the University Resident Theatre Association and TCG. Eventually she was given a callback and hired for one season to do three plays at the Helen Hayes Theatre, one of those plays being Love for Love directed by Hal Prince. She continued to appear in many Broadway and Off-Broadways in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although Close came from an affluent background, she stated that her family chose not to participate in their WASP-like society. She would also avoid mentioning her birth place whenever asked because she did not want people to think she was a "dilettante who didn't have to work." When she was 22, Close broke away from MRA, attending the College of William & Mary, and double majoring in theatre and anthropology. It was in the College's theatre department that she began to train as a serious actor, under Howard Scammon, W&M's long-time professor of theatre. During her years at school in Williamsburg, she also starred in the summer-time outdoor drama, "The Common Glory," written by Pulitzer Prize author Paul Green. She was elected to membership in the honor society of Phi Beta Kappa. Through the years, Close has returned to W&M to lecture and visit the theatre department. In 1989, Close was the commencement speaker at W&M and received an honorary doctor of arts degree.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She has two sisters, Tina and Jessie, and two brothers, Alexander (nicknamed Sandy) and Tambu Misoki, whom Close's parents adopted while living in Africa. Her father was a descendant of the Taliaferros of Virginia; her paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett Close, a stockbroker and director of the American Hospital Association, was first married to Post Cereals' heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Close is also a second cousin once-removed of actress Brooke Shields (Shields's great-grandmother Mary Elsie Moore was a sister of Close's maternal grandfather, Charles Arthur Moore, Jr.). During her childhood, Close lived with her parents in a stone cottage on her maternal grandfather's estate in Greenwich. Close has credited her acting abilities to her early years: "I have no doubt that the days I spent running free in the evocative Connecticut countryside with an unfettered imagination, playing whatever character our games demanded, is one of the reasons that acting has always seemed so natural to me." When she was seven years old, her parents joined a "cult group," the Moral Re-Armament (MRA), in which her family remained involved for fifteen years, living in communal centers. Close has stated that the family "struggled to survive the pressures of a culture that dictated everything about how we lived our lives." She spent time in Switzerland when studying at St. George's School in Switzerland.
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