Glenn Close is an American stage and film actress renowned for her characters as a psychotic stalker in the movie ‘Fatal Attraction’ and the smart and manipulative ‘Marquise de Merteuil’ in ‘Dangerous Liaisons’. She is one of the most talented actresses and is incredibly acclaimed for her choice of unorthodox appearances. Good looking with a high forehead and outstanding cheekbones, she has the classy looks to perform an evil seductress or a deranged aristocrat with the same elan. She started her acting career with a Broadway production and has functioned in a number of major shows and musicals.
She performed the character of Norma Desmond, a vanished actress of the silent film era, in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Sunset Boulevard winning the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She made an easy progression to movies deriving an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal in her debut ‘The World According to Garp’. She quickly settled herself as a character actress and rose to fame with her portrait of the deranged ex-lover Alex Forrest in ‘Fatal Attraction’, an appearance for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She is also a crusader for social change and campaigns to wipe out the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.
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Glenn Close was born on March 19, 1947, in Greenwich, Connecticut, into an upper-class family with a great history in the northeastern United States. She raised up with one brother, Sandy, and two sisters, Jessie and Tina.
Although her father, Dr. William Close, and mother Bettine Moore Close, were both born into elite societies, they did not raise Close and her siblings in that world. “My parents were real black sheep in Greenwich,” Close once disclosed. “The milieu was hugely social and very elite, and we had that as our tradition – my grandparents begun Round Hill Country Club. But we never raised in that kind of life. I’ve always been a little bit proud of that fact.”
In 1954, Close’s parents followed Moral Rearmament (MRA), a group with cult-like trappings that sent its members out into the world to change people to its brand of spirituality. When Close was 13, her parents shifted the family to the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to spread the word; Dr. Close also handled a clinic there.
Glenn Close rift her time in those years between Africa and boarding schools in Switzerland. She later joined the prep school Rosemary Hall back in Greenwich before attending the MRA-associated singing group Up With People, with which she traveled throughout Europe and the United States for four years.
Close broke away from the group at age 22 in order to attend the College of William and Mary, where she studied drama and anthropology.
Glenn Close Net Worth
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On “Damages” Glenn earned $200,000 per episode. She appeared in 59 episodes which works out to around $12 million.
In 2020 Glenn sold a farmhouse property in upstate New York for $2.75 million. She had at one point been seeking $3.6 million for the property.
Glenn Close Movies And TV Shows
- After college, she shifted to New York and joined the Phoenix Theatre Company. She began her acting career with the Broadway play, ‘Love for Love’ in 1974. Initially, she liked doing the theatre so much that she did not think about going into movies, which she ultimately did.
- She made her Hollywood debut in 1982 with the comedy-drama ‘The World According to Garp’. She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role.
- She acted in ‘The Big Chill’ in 1983 and followed it with ‘The Natural’ in 1984 and ‘Maxie’ in 1985.
- In 1987, she was offered the role of Alex Forrest in ‘Fatal Attraction’ which was to become the first of the highly unconventional roles she often portrays.
- The highly acclaimed ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ followed in 1988 which established her talent for playing on-screen vamps.
- The decade of the 1990s proved very productive for her with movies like ‘Hamlet’ (1990), ‘Meeting Venus’ (1991), ‘The Paper’ (1994), and ‘Mars Attacks!’ (1996). Her most memorable role was as Cruella De Vil, the evil fashionista in ‘101 Dalmatians’ in 1996.
- Throughout the 1990s, she was also active in television, making appearances in shows like ‘Sarah, Plain and Tall’ (1991), ‘Skylark’ (1993), and ‘In the Gloaming’ (1997).
- She began the new millennium with ‘102 Dalmatians’ in which she reprised the role of Cruella De Vil. Her other movies for the decade include: ‘South Pacific’ (2001), ‘Le Divorce’ (2003), ‘Heights’ (2004), ‘Nine lives’ (2005), and ‘Evening’ (2007).
- Her television career in the decade was also very impressive. She appeared in ‘The Lion in Winter’ in 2004 and played the role of Patty Hewes in the highly successful series ‘Damages’ which ran for five seasons from 2007 till 2012.
- In 2011, she starred as a woman living as a man in ‘Albert Nobbs’, a drama film, reaffirming her penchant for choosing unconventional roles.
Oscar Nods for ‘Garp,’ ‘Fatal Attraction,’ ‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ ‘Albert Nobbs’ and ‘The Wife’
Close’s talent finally translated well to the silver screen. In 1980, after looking her in a Tony-nominated character in Barnum, director George Roy Hill cast Close as Jenny Fields, a feminist writer, in The World According to Garp. She amassed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination this first film character, as she did for follow-up powers in The Big Chill (1983) and The Natural (1984).
Glenn Close’s reputation as a powerful dynamo in Hollywood was solided by her character of Alex Forrester, a seductive but psychotic stalker, in the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction. During making, Close found out that she was pregnant with her first and only child, Annie Maude Starke, with father John Starke.
Only 7 weeks after giving birth to Annie, Close initiated filming a lead character in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), for which she gained another Oscar nomination.
By the 1990s, Close was in her 40s, an age when many actresses have a difficult time finding characters. Many are typecast as mothers, and Close couldn’t perfectly avoid this dilemma, she even agreed to perform Gertrude to Mel Gibson’s Hamlet in the 1990 movie version, despite being only eight years older than her on-screen son.
Along with her acclaimed television and theater work, Close continued to find film roles to her liking. She earned the sixth Oscar nomination of her career for her contributions to Albert Nobbs (2011), playing a butler who shields her true gender to retain her hotel job.
The Wife, which received its theatrical deliver in 2018, featured Close as an unheralded writer who watches her husband receive credit for her work as she fronts an unfulfilled life of domesticity. Her appearance led to a Golden Globe win, accompanied by a powerful acceptance speech, and left her as the frontrunner to claim a long-awaited Academy Award.
- At the age of 7, her whole family joined a religious faith called “Moral Re-Armament” (MRA) which jolted her life till age 22, and after that, she broke free from the faith.
- After 1960, her parents shifted to Africa for 16 years.
- Growing up, Glenn spent her time alternatively between Africa where her father pursued and a boarding school in Switzerland.
- The time of her birth is 2:12 PM EST.
- Being in Greenwich for 12 originations, her family was one of the founders of the town in the late 17th century.
- She was influenced in becoming an actress after watching Katharine Hepburn’s interview on The Dick Cavett Show.
- She keeps all her costumes after the finishing of shooting and rents them for auction later on.
- Her first Broadway work was Congrieve’s production “Love for Love” at The Phoenix Theatre.
- All of Andie MacDowell’s dialogue in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), was dubbed by Glenn, as Andie had a heavy southern accent.
- American Film Institute classified her as the #7 greatest villain for her work as Alex Forrest in Fatal
- Her movie Attraction (1987) in the “100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains” list.
- Director Andrew Lloyd Webber restored Patti LuPone with Glenn in Sunset Boulevard before it made its introduction in Broadway in 1994.
- Premiere Magazine listed her at #36 for her appearance as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987) on their list of “100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time”.
- She has been mistaken for actress Meryl Streep several times.
- She is a enormous fan of the New York Mets and sang the national anthem at the Mets’ game in 2006 which also spot the 20th anniversary of Mets’ 1986 World Series win.
- Her father was the chief doctor of the national army in Zaire and was actively engaged during the Ebola epidemic that troubled the country in 1976.
- As a dog lover, she delivered as a periodic writer to Fetchdog.com, while, at home, she owns two Montana terriers named Bill and Jake.
- Just 2 months after giving birth to her daughter Annie Starke, she came back to work so they could begin shooting Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
- She initiated her film career much later, at the age of 35, her debut film being The World According to Garp (1982).
- Glenn noticed her pregnancy when she was taken to a hospital for suffering a concussion after her head was smashed against a mirror during a re-shoot of Fatal Attraction (1987).
- She is good friends with actress Rose Byrne with whom she acted in the series Damages (2007-2012).
- On January 12, 2009, she gained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- On June 13, 2013, she was certified with an honorary doctor of laws degree from Queen’s University.
- Glenn is only 9 years older than Mel Gibson, yet, she performed his mother in Hamlet (1990).
- She has a personal wig-maker named Martial Corneville, who has been around for more than 20 years.
- She is a good friend with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who is an avid fan of the drama series Damages (2007-2012).
- Glenn disclosed that her audition for American Gigolo (1980) was her worst audition experience.
- She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
- Glenn has colluded with Disney Pictures numerous times including Hook (1991), Tarzan (1999), 101 Dalmatians (1996), 102 Dalmatians (2000), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
- She is allergic to tobacco.
- During the filming of 101 Dalmatians, she smoked over 200 herbal cigarettes.
- She is a spokesperson for the “Puppies Behind Bars” program, an organization where convicts train young dogs.
- Glenn is the founder and chairperson for a US campaign regarding mental illness stigma named BringChange2Mind.
- In 2009, she emerged in a commercial for BringChange2Mind.org with her sister Jessie Close who is bipolar.
- Glenn donated $75,000 to the Mental Health Association of Central Florida to deliver counseling and help victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting that took place on June 16, 2016.
- She is also an avid LGBT activist.
- She also subsidized as a necktie designer for Stonehenge, Ltd‘s “Christopher Reeve Collection” where 4 percent of sales went to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
- Glenn has also performed as a producer and executive producer in films and TV movies like Sea Oak (2017), Albert Nobbs (2011), South Pacific (2001), The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001), and others.
Glenn Close Is Currently Ensconced In Her Brick Montana Home Built In 1892, Which Sits Next Door To The Home Of Her Younger Sister, Jessie.
No Relation To Glenn Close, Despite A Popular Misconception.
Although Best Known For Her Work On-screen, Close Had A Distinguished Career As A Stage Actress. She Received Tony Awards In 1984 And 1992 For Her Work In The Real Thing And Death And The Maiden, Respectively. For Her Work In The Latter Production, Close Won A Golden Globe Award In 2008.
She Grew Up With Two Sisters, Jessie And Tina, And One Brother, Sandy. Although Her Parents, Dr. William Close And Bettine Moore Close, Were Both Born Into Elite Social Circles, They Did Not Raise Close And Her Siblings In That World.
She Has Also Been Nominated Seven Times For An Academy Award, And Has Earned Two Additional Primetime Emmy Award Nominations As An Executive Producer And A Golden Globe Award Nomination For Her Work As A Songwriter.