Glenn Close


Glenn Close
Glenn Close

Close at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival
Born March 19, 1947 (1947-03-19) (age 64)[1]
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1975–present
Spouse Cabot Wade (1969–1971)
James Marlas (1984–1987)
David Shaw (2006–present)
Partner Len Cariou (1979–1983)
John Starke (1987-1991; 1 child)

Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947)[1] is an American actress and singer of theatre and film, known for her roles as a femme fatale (the scheming Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and deranged stalker Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987). She is also known for playing Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians (1996), and its sequel 102 Dalmatians (2000). She has been more recently known for her Emmy winning role as Patty Hewes in the FX TV series Damages. She has been nominated five times for an Oscar, and once for a BAFTA Film Award, and has won three Tonys, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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Early life and family

Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, the daughter of Bettine (née Moore) and William Taliaferro Close,[1] a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo and served as a personal physician to Congo/Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko.[2] Her parents came from prominent families. 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,[3] was first married to Post Cereals' heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, making Glenn Close a relative of screenwriter/director Preston Sturges. 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).

During her childhood, Close lived with her parents in a stone cottage on her maternal grandfather's estate, in Greenwich.[4] Close has credited her early years for her acting abilities: "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."[5] When she was seven years old, her parents joined a "cult group", the Moral Re-Armament, 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." 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.[6][4] When she was 22, Close broke away from MRA, attending The College of William and Mary, majoring in theatre. It was in the College's theatre department that she began to train as a serious actor, under Howard Scammon.[7] She was elected to membership in the honor society of Phi Beta Kappa.[4]

Career

Stage

Close has had an extensive career performing in Broadway musicals. One of her most notable roles on stage was Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Sunset Boulevard, for which Close won a Tony award, playing the role on Broadway in 1994.[4] Close was also a guest star at the Andrew Lloyd Webber fiftieth birthday party celebration in the Royal Albert Hall in 1998. She appeared as Norma Desmond and performed songs from Sunset Boulevard. In addition to Sunset Boulevard, Close also won Tony Awards in 1984 for The Real Thing, and in 1992 for Death and the Maiden.[4]

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.

Film and television

Glenn Close

Close started her professional stage career in 1974, and her film work in 1982.[4] She played the scheming aristocrat The Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons and the borderline personality disorder plagued book editor Alex in Fatal Attraction.[4] She has been nominated for five Academy Awards, for Best Actress in Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal Attraction, and for Best Supporting Actress in The Natural, The Big Chill, and The World According to Garp (her first film).[4] In 1984, Close starred in the critically acclaimed drama Something about Amelia, a Golden Globe-winning television movie about a family destroyed by sexual abuse. She played the role of Sunny von Bülow in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune to critical acclaim.

In the 1990s, she starred in the highly rated presentation of the 1991 Hallmark Hall of Fame drama Sarah, Plain and Tall (and its two sequels) and also in the made-for-TV movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995); from these roles, she was nominated for 8 Emmys (winning one) and 9 Golden Globes (winning one in 2005 and 2007). She also appeared in the newsroom comedy-drama The Paper (1994), the alien invasion satire Mars Attacks! (1996, as The First Lady), the Disney hit 101 Dalmatians (1996, as the sinister Cruella de Vil) and its sequel 102 Dalmatians (2000), and the blockbuster Air Force One (1997), as the trustworthy vice-president to Harrison Ford's president. In 2001, she starred in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific. In 2005, Close joined the FX crime series The Shield, in which she played a no-nonsense precinct captain. She starred in a series of her own for 2007, Damages (also on FX) instead of continuing her character on The Shield. Close won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series for her role in Damages.[8] In an interview after her win, Close admitted her role of Patty Hewes in the series was the role of her life. Also in 2009, she narrated the environmental film Home.

In December 2010, Close began filming Albert Nobbs in Dublin. She won an Obie for her role in the play on stage. She has been working on the film for 10 years and is not only starring in it, she has co-written the screenplay and will produce it.[9][10] She said at a press conference held on December 9, 2010 in Dublin, a couple of days before shooting began, "I believe in this story and its potential to take everyone on a sensuous, funny, heart-breaking, wildly unexpected ride."

Personal life

In February 2006, Close married her longtime boyfriend David E. (Evans) Shaw. Close was previously married to Cabot Wade (1969–1973) and James Marlas (1984–1987). She has a daughter, Annie Starke, from her previous relationship with John Starke that ended in 1991. She has donated money to the election campaigns of many Democratic politicians, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Howard Dean, John Edwards and Barack Obama.[11] Close is a dog lover and writes a blog for Fetchdog.com, where she interviews other famous people about their relationships with their dogs.[12] Close announced to the public that she has had her DNA sequenced.[13]

Stage productions

Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals

Jim Dale and Glenn Close performing Busker Alley in 2006.

Broadway plays

Off-Broadway

Tony Awards

Drama Desk Awards

  • 1992:Outstanding Actress in a Play – Death and the Maiden (nomination)
  • 1995:Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Sunset Boulevard (win)

Obie Awards

  • 1982: Best Actress in a Play – The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs (win)

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1982 World According to Garp, TheThe World According to Garp Jenny Fields Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1983 Big Chill, TheThe Big Chill Sarah Cooper Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1984 Natural, TheThe Natural Iris Gaines Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1984 Stone Boy, TheThe Stone Boy Ruth Hillerman
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Jane Porter dubbed Andie MacDowell's voice
1985 Maxie Jan / Maxie Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
1985 Jagged Edge Teddy Barnes
1987 Fatal Attraction Alexandra "Alex" Forrest People's Choice Award Favorite Motion Picture Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1988 Dangerous Liaisons Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1988 Light Years Queen Ambisextra (voice) French title: Gandahar
1989 Immediate Family Linda Spector
1990 Hamlet Queen Gertrude
1990 Reversal of Fortune Sunny von Bulow
1991 Hook Gutless
1991 Meeting Venus Karin Anderson
1993 House of the Spirits, TheThe House of the Spirits Ferula Trueba
1994 Paper, TheThe Paper Alicia Clark
1996 Mars Attacks! First Lady Marsha Dale
1996 101 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor/Actress – Family
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996 Mary Reilly Mrs. Farraday
1997 In & Out Herself cameo appearance
1997 Air Force One Vice President Kathryn Bennett Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Action/Adventure
1997 Paradise Road Adrienne Pargiter
1997 Cookie's Fortune Camille Dixon
1999 Tarzan Kala voice
2000 102 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Dr. Elaine Keener
2001 Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of Objects Esther Gold
2003 Le Divorce Olivia Pace
2003 Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio The Blue Fairy English voice
2004 Heights Diana
2004 Stepford Wives, TheThe Stepford Wives Claire Wellington
2005 Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber Carrie Johnson
2005 Nine Lives Maggie Bronze Leopard Award for Best Actress (Shared with the film's ensemble of actresses)
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2006 Hoodwinked! Granny voice
2007 Evening Mrs. Wittenborn
2010 Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil Granny voice
2011 Albert Nobbs Albert Nobbs Tokyo International Film Festival for Best Actress
Documentary
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Divine Garbo Herself Greta Garbo documentary
1999 Lady with the Torch, TheThe Lady with the Torch Herself-host The 75th Anniversary of Columbia Pictures
2001 Welcome To Hollywood Herself
2003 What I Want My Words To Do To You: Voices From Inside A Women's Maximum Security Prison Herself
2003 Closer Walk, AA Closer Walk Narrator Robert Bilheimer film. AIDS epidemic.
2007 Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Herself
2009 Home Narrator Yann Arthus-Bertrand film.
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Rules of the Game, TheThe Rules of the Game Neighbor
1979 Too Far to Go Rebecca Kuehn
1979 Orphan Train Jessica
1982 Elephant Man, TheThe Elephant Man Princess Alexandra
1984 Something About Amelia Gail Bennett Nominated—Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
1988 Stones for Ibarra Sara Everton
1990 She'll Take Romance
1991 Sarah, Plain and Tall Sarah Wheaton Nominated—Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
1993 Skylark Sarah Witting Nominated—Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress – Television Miniseries or Film
1995 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons (1995–2008) Mona Simpson
1997 In the Gloaming Janet CableACE Award for Guest Actress in a Dramatic Special or Series
Nominated—Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress – Television Miniseries or Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1999 Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End Sarah Witting
2000 Baby Adult Sophie (narrator)
2001 Ballad of Lucy Whipple, TheThe Ballad of Lucy Whipple Arvella Whipple
2001 South Pacific Nellie Forbush
2002 Will and Grace Fanny Lieber Nominated—Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress – Comedy Series
2003 Brush with Fate Cornelia Engelbrecht
2004 Lion in Winter, TheThe Lion in Winter Eleanor of Aquitaine Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress – Television Miniseries or Film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2004 Strip Search Karen Moore
2004 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Evelyn Baker Lang
2005 Shield, TheThe Shield Captain Monica Rawling Nominated—Emmy Award for Best Actress – Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama
2007–
present
Damages Patty Hewes Emmy Award for Best Actress – Drama Series (Won 2008–2009, Nominated in 2010)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama (Won 2008, Nominated 2010)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (Nominated 2007–2008, Won 2009)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (2008, 2010, 2011)
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2008–2009)

Other awards

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, Gary Boyd (2010). "Notable Kin - Additional Noted American Cousins of The Princess of Wales: A Five-Year Update, Numbers 326-350". New England Historic Genealogical Society - Founded 1845. http://www.americanancestors.org/notable-kin-additional-cousins-of-the-princess-of-wales/. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Conscience and the Congo". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2006-11-29. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06333/741921-374.stm. 
  3. ^ "Glenn Close Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800019740/bio. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 1995
  5. ^ In a speech at Princeton University on February 19, 2009
  6. ^ a b Rosemary Hall Alumnae Award from the Choate Rosemary Hall website
  7. ^ "Glenn Close: "Are You Who We Think You Are?"". Princeton.edu. 2009-02-19. http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/flash/lectures/20090219_publect_close.shtml. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  8. ^ Joyce Eng (20 September 2009). "Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer Win First Emmys". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Kristin-Chenoweth-Jon-1009931.aspx. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  9. ^ Glenn Close's Albert Nobbs Costume Revealed" comingsoon.net (Source:Daily Mail), December 5, 2010
  10. ^ BWW Staff. "Glenn Close Reprises 'Albert Nobbs' in New Film" broadwayworld.com, December 15, 2010
  11. ^ "Opensecrets.org". Opensecrets.org. http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.asp?key=a4rpw&txtName=Close,%20Glenn&txtState=(all%20states)&txtAll=Y&Order=N. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  12. ^ fetchdog.com
  13. ^ "BioTechniques – First named female genome sequenced". http://www.biotechniques.com/news/First-named-female-genome-sequenced/biotechniques-204525.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=d473e565ff-BTN+Weekly&utm_medium=email. 
  14. ^ "Amy Pascal timeline". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117971486?refcatid=14&printerfriendly=true. 

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