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(b. Mar. 19, 1947, Greenwich, Conn.) She earned an Academy Award nomination in her first feature-film role, as Robin Williams' freespirited, nonconformist mother in The World According to Garp (1982), then shocked moviegoers who knew her only in this middle-aged role by playing a contemporary yuppie in The Big Chill (1983, getting another nomination). She has since snagged three additional Oscar nods while establishing herself as one of the screen's most talented and interesting female stars. The striking, aristocratic blond actress played on the New York stage for several years, and even did a few TV movies (including 1979's Too Far to Go and Orphan Train), before being chosen for Garp by director George Roy Hill while appearing on Broadway in "Barnum."
Close has displayed admirable versatility in her film assignments, bringing distinction to thoughtful projects, such as 1988's Dangerous Liaisons in which she played a manipulative sexual opportunist, and 1990's Reversal of Fortune which cast her as real-life comatose heiress Sunny Von Bulow, and lending a touch of class to more dubious fare, such as 1985's Jagged Edge the prototype for a whole slew of "erotic thrillers," and 1987's Fatal Attraction the controversially smarmy melodrama that cast her as the psychotic mistress of Michael Douglas. She hasn't had much success with comedy, however, as Maxie (1985), her lone comedy vehicle, will attest (though the fault wasn't hers).
Close served as executive producer (and starred in) the well-received TV movie Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991) and its sequel Skylark (1992). She returned to Broadway in "Death and the Maiden" in 1992 and won her second Tony Award for her performance (her first was for "The Real Thing"); then in 1993 she agreed to tackle the demanding role of Norma Desmond in the musical version of Sunset Blvd. She won a Tony in 1995 for her performance.
'James Marlas' (1984 - ?) (divorced)
'Cabot Wade' (? - ?) (divorced)
Was actually the fourth choice to play the role of Alex in Fatal Attraction. The first choices were Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey, and Miranda Richardson.
Lived with Len Cariou from 1979-83 She became engaged to Steve Beers (39 years old) in 1995.
When Glenn was 13, her father opened a clinic in the Belgian Congo (now Zaire) and ran it for 16 years. During most of that time, the Close children lived alternately in Africa and at boarding schools in Switzerland.
Chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to replace Patti LuPone in Sunset Boulevard in 1994.
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Graduated The College of William & Mary
Keeps all her costumes after filming finishes.
Mother to Annie Maude Starke (b.1987) by her relationship with John Starke
Has a cousin who prepares and sells herbal products on Long Island, New York. The two resemble one another.
Good friends with Meryl Streep.
Graduated from the College of William & Mary with a BA in drama and anthropology.
Made her Broadway debut in The Phoenix Theatre's production of Congrieve's "Love for Love." She was the star, Mary Ure's understudy, and went on for a Saturday evening performance after Miss Ure was let go after that Saturday matinee.
Winner of three Tony Awards for her work on Broadway.