Glenn Close Biography

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Born: March 19, 1947


Date of Birth: March 19, 1947

Born in a town her ancestors helped to create, Glenn Close came from a privileged family with two patrician parents in Greenwich, Connecticut. Soon after her parents joined the Moral Rearmament, an ultra-conservative political movement, they moved to Zaire, Africa. After attending boarding school in Zaire and Switzerland, she and her siblings returned to Greenwich to live with their maternal grandmother. Her love of acting was nurtured in Rosemary Hall, an exclusive girls' boarding school. She formed a six-member theatrical troupe, The Fingernails (self-billed as "The Group With Polish") and performed the more challenging roles in school plays.

The Moral Rearmament came into Glenn's life and during her years at the College of William and Mary she joined the movements singing group. There, she traveled around the country singing in defense of the movement's values. She returned to her college after an emotional fallout from her 1969 marriage to guitarist Cabot Wade.

She joined the New Phoenix Repertory Company after graduating and in 1974 played the lead role in a Broadway production of Love for Love. After six years of theater work, she was offered her first feature film role, that of Robin Williams's fearlessly feminist mother in 1982's The World According to Garp. Her performance was rewarded with her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Over the next few years she received two more nominations for Best Supporting Actress as well as three nominations for Best Actress, the most recent for her amazing performance as a woman masquerading as a man in Victorian England in Albert Nobbs.

Television has also proven to be a fertile medium for Close's talent. She has won a total of three Emmy awards between 1984 and 1995. On stage, Close scored her first Tony for Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing in 1984, and won her second, eight years later, for her performance in Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. In 1995, she snagged a third Tony, this time for her performance as Sunset Boulevard's narcissistic silent-screen star Norma Desmond.

Close has been married and divorced twice, first to Cabot Wade and then to venture capitalist James Marlas. She has a child with producer John Starke. Following May-September flings with actor Woody Harrelson and hockey star Cam Neely, Close began a relationship with Steve Beers, a carpenter she met in 1995 on the set of Sunset Boulevard. In 2006, she married her third husband, David Shaw.

In 2005, after having been nominated for a Golden Globe seven times, Close won the award for her performance in the TV movie The Lion in Winter.


Sunset Boulevard(2008)
Therese Raquin (2008)
Hoodwinked (2006) (voice)
The Chumscrubber(2005)
Nine Lives(2005)
The Stepford Wives(2004)
Le Divorce(2003)
Pinocchio (2002) (voice)
The Safety of Objects(2001)
102 Dalmatians(2000)
The Lady with the Torch (1999)
Cookie's Fortune(1999)
Tarzan (1999) (voice)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her(1999)
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration (1998)
Air Force One(1997)
Paradise Road (1997)
In & Out (1997)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
101 Dalmatians(1996)
Mary Reilly (1996)
Anne Frank Remembered (1995) (voice)
The Paper (1994)
The House of the Spirits(1993)
Hook (1991)
Meeting Venus (1991)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Immediate Family (1989)
Dangerous Liaisons(1988)
Light Years (1988) (voice)
Fatal Attraction(1987)
Jagged Edge (1985)
Maxie (1985)
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) (voice)
The Natural(1984)
The Stone Boy (1984)
The Big Chill(1983)
The World According to Garp (1982)

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