|Glenn Close Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||March 19, 1947|
Glenn Close is a talented American actress, singer, and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including Tony Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Primetime Emmy Awards, among others. Her notable works include The Shield, Damages, The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural, Maxie, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Hamlet, and The Wife. Glenn has a double major in theater and anthropology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Glenda Veronica Close
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Bedford Hills, New York, United States
Glenn Close studied at St. George’s School in Switzerland. Later, she joined Rosemary Hall (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut and graduated in 1965. She further obtained a double major in theater and anthropology from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Actress, Singer, Producer
- Father – William Taliaferro Close (Ran a Clinic in the Belgian Congo and was a personal physician of Zaire’s ruler Mobutu Sese Seko)
- Mother – Bettine Moore Close (Socialite)
- Siblings – Tina Close (Sister), Jessie Close (Sister), Alexander Close (Brother)
- Others – Tambu Misoki (Adopted brother from Africa), Brooke Shields (Second Cousin) (Actress), Edward Bennett Close (Paternal Grandfather), Elizabeth Taliaferro (Paternal Grandmother), Charles Arthur Moore, Jr. (Maternal Grandfather ), Elizabeth Hyde (Maternal Grandmother), Catherine Parr (Half First Cousin) (She was the Queen of England and Ireland (1543-1547) as the last and 6th wife of King Henry VIII)
Glenn Close is represented by –
- Kevin Huvane, Agent, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Catherine Olim, Publicist, PMK/HBH Public Relations, West Hollywood, California, United States
- Loeb & Loeb, Legal Representative, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Trillium Productions, Production Company, New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
- MGMT Entertainment, Talent Management Company, West Hollywood, California, United States
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Glenn Close has dated –
- Mark Metcalf – Glenn once had a relationship with actor Mark Metcalf.
- William Hurt – Glenn was in a relationship with actor William Hurt in the past.
- Cabot Wade – In the late 1960s, she had a relationship with guitarist and songwriter, Cabot Wade. The pair got married in 1969. She later described her marriage to Cabot as “kind of an arranged marriage”. Their marriage was short-lived and ended in 1971 even before she attended college.
- Kevin Kline (1970) – In 1970, Glenn had a brief affair with actor Kevin Kline. They later acted together in The Big Chill (1983).
- Len Cariou (1979-1983) – In 1979, Glenn started a relationship with Canadian actor Len Cariou. However, the pair separated after 4 years in 1983.
- James Marlas – In 1984, Glenn married James Marlas after a brief relationship. Unfortunately, this marriage did not last long and they divorced after 3 years of marriage in 1987.
- John Starke (1987–1991) – In 1987, Glenn began a relationship with producer John Starke. She had earlier met him while filming The World According to Garp (1982). Together they had a daughter named Annie Starke (b. April 26, 1988) who is also an actress. Glenn and John split in 1991.
- Woody Harrelson (1991) – In 1991, Glenn was linked with actor Woody Harrelson.
- Cam Neely (1992) – In 1992, Glenn briefly dated Canadian Ice Hockey Player Cam Neely.
- Steve Beers (1995-1999) – In June 1995, Glenn started dating carpenter Steve Beers. Later, in the same year, the pair got engaged. The couple shared a long engagement period and never got married, separating in 1999.
- David Evans Shaw – In mid-2000s Glenn began a relationship with executive and venture capitalist David Evans Shaw. In February 2006, Glenn and David tied the knot in Maine. After almost 9 years of blissful married life, the couple got divorced in August 2015.
Race / Ethnicity
She has English, distant Scottish, German, Dutch, French, Welsh, and Swiss-German ancestry.
- Long rounded chin
- Strong angular features
Glenn Close has done endorsement work for the following brands –
- Amnesty International USA
- Bring Change to Mind Public Service Announcement
- Glenn Close Scotch
- America’s Milk Processors
She is irreligious.
Best Known For
- Her several on-stage performances like The Real Thing in 1983 as Annie, Death and the Maiden in 1992 as Paulina Salas, and Sunset Boulevard in 1993, 1994, 2016, & 2017 as Norma Desmond
- Portraying important roles in films and TV series including The World According to Garp (1982) as Jenny Fields, The Big Chill (1983) as Sarah Cooper, The Natural (1984) as Iris Gaines, Fatal Attraction (1987) as Alexandra Forrest, Dangerous Liaisons (1988) as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil, Albert Nobbs (2011) as Albert Nobbs, The Wife (2017) as Joan Castleman, and Damages (2007-2012) as Patricia Hewes
As a Singer
In 1964, she made her debut as a member of Green Glenn Singers in the production of the educational group Up with People (UWP). She has also performed numerous songs in films and TV series including “You’ll Be in My Heart” in Tarzan (1999), “Bye Bye Blackbird” in Maxie (1985), and others.
In 1982, she made her theatrical film debut in the comedy-drama film The World According to Garp as Jenny Fields.
In 1984, she made her theatrical film debut as a voice actress in the adventure film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes as Jane Porter. However, she was uncredited for her role.
In 1988, she made her credited debut as a voice actress in the English version of the animated adventure fantasy film Gandahar as Queen Ambisextra.
First TV Show
In 1975, she made her first TV show appearance in the musical series Great Performances as the Neighbor.
In 1988, she made her TV show debut as a voice actress by lending her voice as a narrator for the historical documentary series American Experience.
Glenn Close lives an active life and enjoys swimming, biking, and a game of golf. She also practices facial yoga to reduce wrinkles and have longer rejuvenated skin.
Glenn Close Favorite Things
- Actress – Katharine Hepburn
- Films – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), A Man for All Seasons (1966)
- Actors – Gregory Peck, Daniel Day-Lewis, Javier Bardem
Source – IMDb
Glenn Close Facts
- At the age of 7, her whole family joined a religious cult called “Moral Re-Armament” (MRA) which impacted her life till age 22, and after that, she broke free from the cult.
- After 1960, her parents moved to Africa for 16 years.
- Growing up, Glenn spent her time alternatively between Africa where her father worked and a boarding school in Switzerland.
- The time of her birth is 2:12 PM EST.
- Being in Greenwich for 12 generations, her family was one of the founders of the town in the late 17th century.
- She was inspired in becoming an actress after watching Katharine Hepburn’s interview on The Dick Cavett Show.
- She keeps all her costumes after the completion of shooting and rents them for auction later on.
- Her first Broadway performance 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.
- While on the set of Broadway play Barnum, she taught actress Sara Rue to juggle.
- American Film Institute listed her as the #7 greatest villain for her performance as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987) in the “100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains” list.
- Director Andrew Lloyd Webber replaced Patti LuPone with Glenn in Sunset Boulevard before it made its debut in Broadway in 1994.
- Premiere Magazine ranked her at #36 for her performance 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 huge fan of the New York Mets and sang the national anthem at the Mets’ game in 2006 which also marks the 20th anniversary of Mets’ 1986 World Series win.
- Her father was the chief doctor of the national army in Zaire and was actively involved during the Ebola epidemic that affected the country in 1976.
- As a dog lover, she contributes 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 returned to work so they could begin shooting Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
- She started her film career much later, at the age of 35, her debut film being The World According to Garp (1982).
- Glenn discovered 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 starred in the series Damages (2007-2012).
- On January 12, 2009, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- On June 13, 2013, she was confirmed with an honorary doctor of laws degree from Queen’s University.
- Glenn is only 9 years older than Mel Gibson, yet, she played 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 stated 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 collaborated 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 inmates train young dogs.
- Glenn is the founder and chairperson for a US campaign regarding mental illness stigma called BringChange2Mind.
- In 2009, she appeared 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 provide 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 contributed 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 worked 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.
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