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Glenn Close | Biography

Glenn Close has been extremely active in film as well as theatre throughout her years as a performer. She recently added the play A Delicate Balance to her long list of theatre works. The actress has an even more impressive list of film credits to her name. Recognized as the star of iconic movies like Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons and Death and the Maiden, Glenn who was born on March 19, 1947, is a legendary actress who has been nominated for six Academy Awards in her ever growing career. Her fans also recognize as the competent lawyer, Patty Hewes of the hit series Damages.

In contrast to her onscreen persona, Glenn is reserved, serene and has a cool demeanor. In her latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter she came clean about her conservative upbringing within an oppressive cult which her father had joined. Her doctor father took the family to the cult headquarters in Switzerland where she spent more than a decade under an oppressive environment. She was uprooted from her life back in Greenwich, Connecticut and had to spend long time away from her siblings. When she reached the age of 22, she finally broke free from the cult when she left for college. Her life has been an uphill progress since then. She met and married Cabot Wade in 1969 and for the second time wedded James Marlas in 1984. She divorced him in 1987 and started dating John Starke. She gave birth to her first and only child, actress Annie Starke in 1988. After a three year engagement to Steve Beers, she married David Evans Shaw in 2006 and has been with him since then.

Glenn made her stage debut with Love for Love in 1974 and went on to appear in several Broadway plays throughout the later years. She received the Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Real Thing. Her film debut was in 1982 in The World According to Garp after which she was seen as a supporting actress in The Big Chill in 1983. A year later she was seen in The Natural. These three works turned out to be her top performances as she was nominated for Oscars for all of them. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination in 1987 for her manic performance in Fatal Attraction. She wowed her audience and critics and got nominated for yet another Academy Award for Dangerous Liaisons in 1988. She nabbed two Tony Awards, one in 1992 for Death and the Maiden and in 1995 for Sunset Boulevard. She has also done a handful of television movies such as Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeryer Story and The Lion in Winter, both of which were award winning performances. She joined the cast of television drama The Shield and then in 2007 starred in a lead role on the FX legal drama, Damages. She received a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Awards for her role in Damages that she continued till 2012. In 1990 she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Sunny von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. In the following years, she continued to entertain with roles in Sarah, Plain and Tall, The Paper, Mars Attacks!, 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmations, and Air Force One.  She received her fifth Oscar nomination for Albert Nobbs in 2011 in which she was the protagonist. In 2014, she made an awaited comeback to the theatre with A Delicate Balance also starring John Lithgow and Martha Plimpton.

Glenn has been closely involved in mental illness awareness in the past few years. Her sister was diagnosed with bipolar which led her to a serious family intervention about mental health. She made an effort to launch Bring Change 2 Mind charity in 2010 to support people with similar disorders as her sister. She even auctioned off the designer costumes that she wore for her role in Damages for donations to the charity.

Glenn Close has been an omnipresent celebrity in Hollywood since her debut. She has always been an in demand actress because of the professionalism and discipline with which she approaches her work. Her years of contribution have been aptly awarded several times and with her recent return to the stage and film she is bound to collect even more awards in the near future.

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