Glenn Close

     
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Birthday: March 19, 1947
Place of Birth: Greenwich, CT
Education: Rosemary Hall, Greenwich, CT; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (anthropology, acting)

 

Glenn Close Biography And Filmography:

A stunning blonde, Glenn Close spent her childhood and teen years involved in the conservative Moral Re-Armament movement. As Glenn entered her teenage years, she was sent to boarding schools in Switzerland and Connecticut while her father operated medical clinics in the Congo. Close spent a few years traveling with the folk singing group "Up With People" before attending college. After graduating from William and Mary, she moved to New York City where she found work with the Phoenix Theatre Company, appearing in "Love for Love" and "The Member of the Wedding". 

Glenn Close was cast as Mary Tudor in the Richard Rodgers' musical "Rex" (1976) and had her breakthrough Broadway role in the musical, "Barnum" (1980), playing the patient wife of circus showman P.T. Barnum.

The young actress was 35 when she made her first film, "The World According to Garp" (1982), cast as Robin Williams' mother, a role that earned her the first of three back-to-back Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations. She then appeared as the talented physician wife of Kevin Kline in "The Big Chill" (1983), and as Robert Redford's girlfriend in "The Natural" (1984) also starring Kim Basinger.


Glenn Close alternated between high profile feature films, television movies and occasional stage roles, and tried to take roles with depth. In the groundbreaking television movie "Something About Amelia" (1984), she played a woman who slowly comes to grasp that her husband has been molesting their daughter.

Her Hollywood presence improved with her role as a lawyer romantically entwined with her client in "Jagged Edge" (1985), and then altered her screen personality as the revengeful and unwanted lover in Adrian Lyne's controversial "Fatal Attraction" (1987) with Michael Douglas. The role earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination that followed with another nomination for her sexually calculating lady in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) with Michelle Pfieffer, Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves. She brought amazing compassion to the role of the sad, vain society matron Sunny von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune" (1990) and was effective as the rather youthful Gertrude to Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990).

In 1991, Close made her first venture into television movie producing with the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Sarah, Plain and Tall" (1991) which was so popular two sequels, "Skylark" (1993) and "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's Edge" (1999), were produced. In between was a return to Broadway opposite Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfuss in "Death and the Maiden" (1992), that earned her a second Tony Award. Close was then cast  as the hard-hitting managing editor of a tabloid magazine who engages in fights with a reporter in "The Paper" but was miscast as a withdrawn unmarried Latina in "The House of the Spirits" (1994).

Trying her first leading musical role as silent screen star Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard", Glenn Close reached celebrity status recreating the heartbreaking character portrayed onscreen by Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's 1950 classic. 

Following her stage roles, Close won an Emmy for her role of a United States Army colonel who disclosed her lesbian lifestyle and fought to remain in the military in "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" (1995). She then appeared in "Mars Attacks!" (1996) with Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan and Natalie Portman, a smash hit where the Earth is invaded by Martians with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. Next was the live action animated Cruella De Vil in Disney's "101 Dalmatians" (1996), a role she played again in the 2000 sequel "102 Dalmatians".

Next Glenn played a mother whose AIDS afflicted son has come home to die in HBO's "In the Gloaming" (1997), and as a female prisoner of war in a Japanese camp in "Paradise Road" (1997) with Cate Blanchett. As a female United States Vice President dealing with the kidnapping of the First Family in "Air Force One" (1997) starring Harrison Ford, the actress once again proved her ability at playing strong women, an image she abruptly altered when she played one of her finest roles, the devious Camille Dixon of director Robert Altman's group comedy "Cookie's Fortune" (1999) playing the niece of the dead main character who finds Cookie's body and rearranges the scene to make it look like a break-in and a murder.

Glenn Close scored big with her role in "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000) with Cameron Diaz and Calista Flockhart, a compilation of five loosely connected stories dealing with a variety of very different women in dealing with life problems. In the segment titled "This is Dr. Keener", Close played a successful physician who, at midlife, finds herself alone and confused that a new love interest will not return her phone calls. When a remarkably accurate tarot card reader makes a house call, Dr. Keener begins to assess the true worthlessness of her own condition.

With good roles for actresses of her age often hard to come by, Glenn found work on television, including the 2001 TV epic "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple," playing a recently widowed mother of four who travels to California during the Gold Rush of 1851 to start a new life, fighting with her energetic 14-year-old daughter who does not share her mother's dream. She then took the role of Nelly Forbush in a televised story of the legendary Rogers & Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" (2001), and had a funny guest appearance on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace" which won her an Emmy nomination as a guest performer, and starred in a CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Brush with Fate" (2003), a set of stories that follow the history and ownership of what may be an undiscovered work of art by 17th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. She also played a role made famous by Katharine Hepburn - Eleanor of Aquitaine (opposite Patrick Stewart's Henry VII) in a television version of "The Lion in Winter" (2003-2004).

In 2005, Glenn Close won her first Golden Globe Award, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, for her role in “The Lion in Winter,” along with a Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, and then received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. She followed up as part of the cast of the 2004 film "Strip Search," which looks at ideas about the loss of personal freedom in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2002 terrorist attacks.

Back on the movie screen, Glenn had a series of supporting roles, playing a mother compulsively nursing her comatose son in "The Safety of Objects" (2001) and then as a halfhearted academic living in Paris who quietly observes her naive young assistant (Kate Hudson) enter into an affair with an older married man in the Merchant Ivory production of "Le Divorce" (2003). 

Moving into a comedic role, Glenn had all the big laughs as perfect Claire Wellington, the grand dame of the Stepford society of obedient wives in the satirical remake of the film "The Stepford Wives" (2004) with Nicole Kidman. The actress then took on her first role in a television series, joining the cast of FX's crime drama "The Shield" in its fourth season in 2005, playing the smart new commander Captain Monica Rawling. Producers credited a 40% rise in ratings to her role, but the actress decided to leave the series at the end of her second season.

Close then appeared in “Heights” (2005), portraying the mother of a New York City photographer (Elizabeth Banks) who begins to rethink her open marriage, while her daughter has second thoughts about her pending marriage with her lawyer fiancée played by James Marsden. Questions soon bring forward answers, as all involved make life decisions in the period of a single night. Close then appeared in a strong cast in “Nine Lives” (2005), playing a widowed mother whose life has been taken over by her talented young daughter (Dakota Fanning). She then starred as Patty Hewes in the first thirteen episodes of the television crime drama series "Damages" (2007-) about a bright and sharp law school graduate who becomes the protégée of the successful and hard-hitting high stakes litigator Patricia Hewes. But nothing is what it seems.


The veteran actress then lent her voice talents to the animated comedy "Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil" (2008) with Hayden Panettiere about Red Riding Hood, who is training in the group of Sister Hoods, when her and the Wolf get called over to examine the sudden mysterious missing of Hansel and Gretel. Glenn Close wrapped up the year with the crime drama "Therese Raquin" (2008) about a couple who murder a man and are visited by Camille's ghost, slowly turning their love for one another into an all-consuming hatred.

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