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Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is an Americanmarker actress and singer of stage and screen, perhaps best known for her role as deranged stalker Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987). She has been nominated five times for an Oscar, and has won three Tonys, an Obie, four Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Biography

Early life and family

Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticutmarker, the daughter of Bettine (née Moore) and William Taliaferro Close, a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo and served as a personal physician to President Mobutu Sese Seko. Her parents came from prominent families; her paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett Close, a stockbroker and director of the American Hospital Association, was first married to Post Cereals' heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, making Glenn Close a relative of screenwriter/director Preston Sturges and actress Dina Merrill. Close is also a second-cousin once-removed of Brooke Shields. Shields's great-grandmother Mary Elsie Moore (wife of Don Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince di Civitella-Cesi) was Close's great-aunt, a sister of Close's maternal grandfather, Charles Arthur Moore.

In a speech at Princeton Universitymarker on February 19, 2009, Close 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." However, when she was seven years old, her parents "were seduced into a cult group called Moral Re-Armament.... Our family was swallowed up by MRA for 15 years. We moved into a series of communal centers, and.... 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, a boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticutmarker. When she was 22, Close broke away from MRA. "I rebelled and said I wanted to go to college.... Until then, my life was completely out of my control. I didn't have the tools to reclaim it. That reclamation began when I entered The College of William and Marymarker." It was there in the theater department that she began to train as a serious actor under Dr. Howard Scammon. She was elected to membership in the honor society of Phi Beta Kappa.

Career

Close, who started her professional stage work in 1974 and her film work in 1982, has had a lengthy career as a versatile actress and performer. She is remembered for her chilling roles as the scheming aristocrat The Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons and as the psychotic book editor Alex in Fatal Attraction. 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. 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, Close took on challenging roles on television as well. 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 it 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 an elaborate 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. Her appearance on the cop drama was such a success that she is now starring in a new hit series of her own for 2007, Damages (also on FX) instead of continuing her character on The Shield. So far the Academy's Oscar has eluded her, being nominated several times during the 1980s, but never being named the winner.

Close has had an extensive career performing in many Broadwaymarker 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 Broadwaymarker in 1994. Close was also a guest star, at the Andrew Lloyd Webber fiftieth birthday party celebration, in the Royal Albert Hallmarker in 1998. She appeared as Norma Desmond and performed songs from Sunset Boulevard. Close is being considered to reprise the role of Norma Desmond in the long talked- about film of Sunset Boulevard, based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The film and cast have not officially been announced. In addition to Sunset Boulevard, Close also won Tony Awards in 1984 for The Real Thing and in 1992 for Death and the Maiden.

Recently, 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.

Close won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series for her role in Damages.. Also in 2009, she narrated the environmental film Home.

Personal life

In February 2006, Close married her longtime boyfriend David E. Shaw. They reside in Scarborough, Mainemarker. The actress was previously married to Cabot Wade (1969–1973) and James Marlas (1984–1987). She has a daughter, Annie Maude Starke, from her previous relationship with John Starke that ended in 1991. Close is an avid New York Mets fan. She has donated money to election campaigns of many Democratic politicians, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Howard Dean, John Edwards and Barack Obama.

Close is a dog lover and writes a blog for Fetchdog.com, where she interviews other famous people about their relationships with their dogs.

Stage productions

Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals



Broadway plays



Off-Broadway



Tony Awards



Obie Awards

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


Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1982 The World According to Garp Jenny Fields Nomination — Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1983 The Big Chill Sarah Cooper Nomination — Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1984 The Natural Iris Gaines Nomination — Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Stone Boy Ruth Hillerman
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
Jagged Edge Teddy Barnes
1987 Fatal Attraction Alex Forrest 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
Light Years Queen Ambisextra (voice) French title: Gandahar
1989 Immediate Family Linda Spector
1990 Hamlet Queen Gertrude
Reversal of Fortune Sunny von Bulow
1991 Hook Gutless
Meeting Venus Karin Anderson
1993 The House of the Spirits Ferula Trueba
1994 The Paper Alicia Clark
1996 Mars Attacks! First Lady Marsha Dale
101 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Mary Reilly Mrs. Farraday
1997 In & Out Herself cameo appearance
Air Force One Vice President Kathryn Bennett
Paradise Road Adrienne Pargiter
1999 Tarzan Kala voice
Cookie's Fortune Camille Dixon
2000 102 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Dr. Elaine Keener
2001 The Safety of Objects Esther Gold
2003 Le Divorce Olivia Pace
Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio The Blue Fairy English voice
2004 Heights Diana
The Stepford Wives Claire Wellington
2005 The Chumscrubber Carrie Johnson
Nine Lives Maggie
2006 Hoodwinked! Granny (voice)
2007 "Evening" Mrs. Wittenborn
2009 HOME Narrator
2010 Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil Granny (voice)


Documentary
Year Film Role Notes
1990 Divine Garbo Herself Greta Garbo documentary
1999 The 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
A 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 The Rules of the Game Neighbor
1979 Too Far to Go Rebecca Kuehn
Orphan Train Jessica
1982 The 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 — 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 — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress - Television Miniseries or Film

The Simpsons (1995-2008) Mona Simpson
1997 In the Gloaming Janet Nominated — Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress - Television Miniseries or Film
1999 Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End Sarah Witting
2000 Baby Adult Sophie (narrator)
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Arvella Whipple
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
The 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
The West Wing Evelyn Baker Lang
2005 The 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 (2008, 2009)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress



Other awards



Notes

  1. New England Historic Genealogical Society
  2. Conscience and the Congo
  3. Glenn Close Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  4. Glenn Close: "Are You Who We Think You Are?"
  5. Meryl Streep competes for Sunset Boulevard - Telegraph
  6. "Close and Streisand are Desperate for Sunset Role." contactmusic.com. February 5, 2008
  7. Opensecrets.org
  8. [1]fetchdog.com


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