Glenn Close

Actor, Producer, Singer
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" ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (159)

Anesthesia 2015 (Movie)

Marcia Zarrow (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Great Gilly Hopkins 2015 (Movie)

Maime Trotter (Actor)

The Simpsons 1995, 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

Nova Prime (Actor)

Low Down 2014 (Movie)

Gram (Actor)

Makers 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Persistence of Memory 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The American Giving Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Damages 2006 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

Albert Nobbs (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Home 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 2011 (Movie)

Granny (Voice)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cody: The First Step 2009 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening 2007 (Movie)

Mrs. Wittenborn (Actor)

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Movies That Shook the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen 1994 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heights 2005 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Hoodwinked 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Granny (Actor)

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chumscrubber 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Johnson (Actor)

The Shield 1994 - 1997, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strip Search 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tarzan 2 2004 (Movie)

Karla (Voice)

The 13th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion in Winter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepford Wives 2004 (Movie)

Claire Wellington (Actor)

The Way Home: Stories of Forgiveness 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Until the Violence Stops 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

Olivia Pace (Actor)

The Safety of Objects 2003 (Movie)

Esther Gold (Actor)

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Pinocchio 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Blue Fairy (Actor)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Wild Discovery 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Healthy Start: Begin Before Baby's Born 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Baby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her 2001 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

102 Dalmatians 2000 (Movie)

Cruella De Vil (Actor)

Andrew Lloyd Webber 50th Birthday Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cookie's Fortune 1999 (Movie)

Camille Dixon (Actor)

Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

Kala (Voice)

Tarzan in Concert With Phil Collins 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Presidency: Real to Reel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady With the Torch 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Baboon Tales 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Christmas in Washington 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert F Kennedy: A Memoir 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

Vice President Kathryn Bennett (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Paradise Road 1997 (Movie)

Adrienne Pargiter (Actor)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

101 Dalmatians 1996 (Movie)

Cruella De Vil (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Marsha Dale (Actor)

Mary Reilly 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Farraday (Actor)

Anne Frank Remembered 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Anne Frank Remembered 1994 (Movie)

(Voice)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

Ferula (Actor)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Alicia Clark (Actor)

Broken Hearts, Broken Homes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Keepers of the Wild 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Skylark 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Disney Music II: A Legend in Song 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Meeting Venus 1991 (Movie)

Karin Anderson (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Divine Garbo 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Urban Gorilla 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hamlet 1990 (Movie)

Gertrude (Actor)

Hunger in America 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

Sunny Von Bulow (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

Linda Spector (Actor)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

Marquise De Merteuil (Actor)

Light Years 1988 (Movie)

of Ambisextra (Voice)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (04/11/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Emperor's Nightingale 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

Alex Forrest (Actor)

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Jagged Edge 1985 (Movie)

Teddy Barnes (Actor)

Maxie 1985 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 (Movie)

of Miss Jane Porter (Voice)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

Iris Gaines (Actor)

The Stone Boy 1984 (Movie)

Ruth Hillerman (Actor)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

Jenny Fields (Actor)

A Closer Walk (TV Show)

Narrator

Brush With Fate (TV Show)

Actor

Carnival of the Animals (TV Show)

Narrator

In Search of the Jaguar (TV Show)

Narrator

In the Gloaming (TV Show)

Actor

Orphan Train (TV Show)

Actor

Sarah, Plain and Tall (TV Show)

Actor

Skylark (Movie)

Sarah Witting (Actor)

Something About Amelia (TV Show)

Actor

Stones For Ibarra (TV Show)

Actor

The Elephant Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Elephant's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Too Far to Go (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Journey (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Skylark (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (2)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

("Lay Your Head Down") (Lyrics)

Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

song perfomer("You'll Be In My Heart") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

Anne Frank Remembered 1994 (Movie)

narration(diary excerpts) (Other)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Stephen Beers

Companion
Engaged to be married in March 1995 Separated in 1999

Len Cariou Actor

Companion
Lived together in the 1970s No longer together

William Close

Father
Traveled to the Congo on author behest of Moral Re-Armament group to run medical clinics when Glenn was 13; he stayed after the coup d'etat and became chief doctor for the Congolese army in the newly formed Zaire, Africa; also served as a personal physician to President Mobutu Sese Seko

Bettine Close

Mother

Sandy Close

Brother
Younger

Jessie Close

Sister
With sister Glenn, co-owned a 1960s-themed coffee shop called Leaf and Bean, and a neighboring bookstore called Poor Richards near Bozeman, MT

Tina Close

Sister
Older

Edward Close

Grandfather
Was director of the American Hospital

Woody Harrelson Actor

Companion
Had a five-month relationship that ended in September 1991

William Hurt Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "The Big Chill" (1983) Had a brief relationship No longer together

Kevin Kline Actor

Companion
Dated in late 1970s No longer together

James Marlas

Husband
Married Sept. 1, 1984 Divorced Feb. 27, 1987

Cam Neely

Companion
Played with the Boston Bruins No longer together

Robert Pastorelli Actor

Companion
Met in 1999 Both claimed to be "good friends" and denied any romantic involvement

David Shaw Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 3, 2006 in a small, private ceremony in Maine

John Starke Actor

Companion
Co-owned production company Trillium Productions with Close; father of her daughter Annie Split in 1991

Annie Starke

Daughter
Born April 26, 1988; father, John Starke

Cabot Wade

Husband
Married Nov. 22, 1969 Divorced Oct. 2, 1971

EDUCATION

Attended boarding school in Switzerland while her father was in Zaire

Choate Rosemary Hall

Greenwich , Connecticut 1965
A private boarding school where she was student vice president and organized the theatre troupe, The Fingernails - the Group with Polish; classmates included filmmaker Sarah Kernochan

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg , Virginia 1974
Member of Phi Beta Kappa

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg , Virginia 1974
Member of Phi Beta Kappa

Milestones

2012

Co-wrote and starred in the period drama "Albert Nobbs," based on the short story by George Moore; also produced

2011

Reprised role of Granny Puckett in "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series ("Damages")

2009

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)

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

2006

Lent her voice to the animated feature, "Hoodwinked!"

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

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

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

2002

Produced and starred in the TNT original movie "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring"

2001

Portrayed Nelly Forbush in the small screen remake of "South Pacific" (ABC)

2000

Reprised role of Cruella de Vil in "102 Dalmatians"

1999

Reprised role of Sarah in "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End," the third installment for CBS and "Hallmark Hall of Fame"

1999

Starred as an eccentric Southerner in Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune"

1997

Played the US Vice President coping with a hostage crisis involving the First Family in "Air Force One"

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

1996

Portrayed Cruella de Vil in the live-action Disney film, "101 Dalmatians"

1996

Cast as First Lady to Jack Nicholson's President in "Mars Attacks!"

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

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 th

1993

Reprised the role of Sarah in the sequel "Skylark" (CBS)

1992

First Broadway role in six years, "Death and the Maiden"; co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman; won second Tony Award

1991

Made cameo appearance as a male pirate in Steven Spielberg's "Hook"

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

1990

Played Gertrude to Mel Gibson's "Hamlet"; directed by Franco Zeffirelli

1990

Cast opposite Jeremy Irons as Sunny von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune"

1988

Received fifth Oscar nomination and second as Best Actress playing the manipulative Marquise de Merteuil in "Dangerous Liaisons"

1988

Associate produced first project (a documentary; also narrated), "Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?" for PBS, the "American Experience" series

1987

Changed image by playing the psychotic Alex in "Fatal Attraction"; earned first Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1985

Appeared on Broadway opposite Sam Waterston in "Benefactors"

1985

Co-starred with William Hurt in the staging of the oratorio "Joan of Arc at the Stake" in NYC

1985

First leading film roles, "Jagged Edge" and "Maxie"

1984

Earned third Oscar nomination for her turn as Robert Redford's girlfriend in "The Natural"

1984

Co-starred with Ted Danson in the ground-breaking ABC TV-movie about incest "Something About Amelia"

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

1984

Dubbed Andie MacDowell's dialogue in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes"

1983

Garnered second Academy Award nomination for "The Big Chill"

1982

Played lead role in the off-Broadway production of "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs"

1982

Screen acting debut in "The World According to Garp"; received first of three consecutive Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actress

1980

Portrayed Charity Barnum in the stage musical biography "Barnum"; earned first Tony Award nomination; also appeared in the show's national tour

1979

TV-movie debut in "Too Far to Go" (NBC)

1976

Broadway musical debut as Mary Tudor in the Richard Rodgers-Sheldon Harnick show "Rex"

1974

Joined Phoenix Theatre Company in NYC and made Broadway debut in their production of "Love for Love"

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"

Began performing with repertory group, Fingernails, then toured country with conservative folk-singing group, Up With People for five years before college

Father left to run medical clinics in the Congo (later Zaire) for Moral Rearmament when Close was 13

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series

Bonus Trivia

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With her family, Close was part of Moral Re-Armament movement, an idealistic and morally conservative group. She was a member from age seven to 22.

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"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, Dec. 27, 2001

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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, her sister Tina's in watercolor, and Jessie's in color photography.

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"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 loneliness – 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

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"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 f*ck 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." – Close to Movieline, November 1996

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"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

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"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, Nov. 17, 1996

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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." – Close in Us, December 1991

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"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 Sept. 16, 2003

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