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: 03/19/1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (165)

Bastards 2017 (Movie)

Mrs. Reynolds (Actor)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 (Movie)

Nova Prime (Actor)

Anesthesia 2016 (Movie)

Marcia Zarrow (Actor)

The Girl With All the Gifts 2016 (Movie)

Caroline Caldwell (Actor)

The Great Gilly Hopkins 2016 (Movie)

Maime Trotter (Actor)

The Simpsons 1995, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

What Happened to Monday? 2016 (Movie)

Nicolette Cayman (Actor)

5 to 7 2015 (Movie)

Arlene Bloom (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Louie 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

Nova Prime (Actor)

Low Down 2014 (Movie)

Gram (Actor)

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)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2011 (Tv Show)

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)

Presenter

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)

Presenter

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

In Search of the Jaguar 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

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 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)

Presenter

The 7th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

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)

Presenter

Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

Vice President Kathryn Bennett (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

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

Interviewee

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)

Presenter

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

Presenter

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 1995 (Movie)

(Voice)

Anne Frank Remembered 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

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

Host

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

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

Presenter

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

Presenter

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)

Presenter

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)

Host

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)

Presenter

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)

Presenter

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)

Performer

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)

Performer

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 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 1995 (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, 2007-2012) 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 Other

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

John Starke Unit Production Manager

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

2015

Had supporting role in Tim Blake Nelson's thriller "Anesthesia"

2014

Co-starred in drama "Low Down," about the relationship between a troubled jazz musician and his daughter

2014

Co-starred in adventure comedy "Guardians of the Galaxy"

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"

2007

Cast as ruthless litigator Patty Hewes in the FX legal drama, "Damages"

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

2005

Appeared in Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives," an ensemble feature about nine short, loosely intertwining tales

2004

Guest starred 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

Co-starred with Patrick Stewart in Showtime's remake of "A Lion in Winter," story by James Goldman

2003

Cast opposite Timothy Olyphant in "The Safety of Objects"; screened at Toronto Film Festival

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

Starred as a mother whose son has returned home to die in the HBO movie "In the Gloaming"; directed by Christopher Reeve

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"

1995

Had recurring role on "The SImpsons" as Homer's estranged mother Mona

1995

Played Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, who disclosed her lesbianism in NBC's "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story"; also executive produced

1994

Returned to the stage as Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of "Sunset Boulevard"

1993

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

1992

Starred in first Broadway role in six years in "Death and the Maiden" with Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman

1991

Produced and starred in TV movie "Sarah, Plain and Tall"

1991

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

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

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

1988

Played the manipulative Marquise de Merteuil in "Dangerous Liaisons"

1987

Played Alex in erotic thriller "Fatal Attraction"

1985

Appeared on Broadway opposite Sam Waterston in "Benefactors"

1985

Landed first leading film role in drama "Jagged Edge"

1985

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

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

Co-starred as Roy Hobbs' girlfriend in "The Natural"

1984

Co-starred with Ted Danson in ABC TV movie "Something About Amelia"

1983

Co-starred in Baby Boomer drama "The Big Chill"

1982

Made screen 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"

1980

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

1979

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

1976

Made 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"

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. Her father ran medical clinics in the Congo (later Zaire) for the group during her teenage years.

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Close was an early member of the singing group Up With People in the 1960s; the group had close ties with the Moral Re-Armament movement.

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Due to Andie MacDowell's strong South Carolina accent, Close overdubbed her lines in MacDowell's first film, "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes."

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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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Close founded and chaired the charity BringChange2Mind, an advocacy group fighting to change public perceptions of mental illness. Close's interest in the cause was spurred by her sister Jessie being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Close received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2009.

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