Biography of Glenn CloseGlenn Close is a Hollywood diva who can make the viewers laugh and make them cry at the same time, can enrapture with her unique dramatic talent and ability to transform into the villain Cruella De Vil, prisoner of a Japanese concentration camp or even a man.
Early yearsGlenn Close was born on March 19, 1948, in the family of a doctor William Taliaferro Close and Bettine Moore. Glenn spent her childhood together with her brothers and sisters in the Congo ‒ her father was the personal physician of President Mobutu Sese Seko. With the assistance of the authorities, William Close opened a clinic in the Congo, which he managed for 16 years.
At the age of 16, Glenn was sent to a private school in Switzerland, and until she was 21, she studied literature and English, preparing to continue her tuition at the university. After graduating from school, Glenn entered The College of William & Mary, where she became carried away by the theater. Playing in the student theater troupe helped the girl to become confident, make friends, and determined the choice of profession. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in literature, she entered the drama school.
Film career. BeginningGlenn appeared on the screen at a fairly mature age by Hollywood standards. She was almost 30 years old when she got a small part in the adventure film Orphan Train. The film did not become popular and entered the history of cinema as the brilliant Hollywood diva Glenn Close’s first work in the cinematograph.
The film The World According to Garp, based on the novel by John Irving and released in the same year, brought Glenn's first popularity. In the picture, she played the as eccentric mother of the main character, who grew up in difficult conditions and became a great writer. The role of T.S. Garp was performed by Robin Williams.
Best rolesIn 1988, director Stephen Frears invited the actress to the filming of the novel Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos for the role of the brilliant Marquise de Merteuil. This film adaptation of the famous novel is considered one of the best. The role of Valmont was played by John Malkovich.
The role in the smart psychological drama Reversal of Fortune is considered one of the most difficult roles in the rich filmography of the actress. In the picture, Glenn appeared in the image of a rich aristocrat Sunny, who dies in a strange way as a result of an overdose of sleeping pills. Sunny’s children doubt that the socialite decided to commit suicide and accuse of murder Claus von Bülow, Sunny’s husband. The film became the best film of 1990 and deserved several nominations for Oscar (and won in the nomination the Best Male Role).
The screen adaptation of the novel The House of the Spirits written by Isabel Allende and telling about the fate of several generations of a noble Chilean family did not receive any awards but became a favorite film for millions of viewers who gave their hearts to Glenn Close, who played one of the leading roles in the film. Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder joined the actress in the film.
From 1993 to 1996, the actress starred in several films that permanently became the leaders of the box office. The most famous films of this period are: Serving in Silence, Mary Reilly, and, of course, 101 Dalmatians.
The film Paradise Road, released in 1997 and based on real events, told about women who were captured in Japan during World War II. The life-asserting story caused the tears and admiration of the viewers over the heroism of women who overcame fear and death. The lead role was played by Glenn Close: exhausted, with a shaved head, she got the feel of her part so that it seemed as if she had gone through these tragic events. In the film that earned worldwide recognition, there was a powerful female ensemble: besides Glenn, Cate Blanchett, Frances McDormand and Julianna Margulies also played there.
From 2000 to 2009, the actress embodied a variety of characters on the screen, permanently amazing the audience with her unique dramatic gift. Among the pictures of this period the dramas Nine Lives, The Safety of Object, and Height, as well as the sequel of the story about the adventures of puppies, 102 Dalmatians were especially noted.
In addition, from 2000 to 2008, Glenn starred in the detective series The Shield, in which she played the role of police captain Monica Rawling.
In another television series project called Damages, the actress played the role of Patty Hewes, a merciless businesswoman, the head of a legal corporation. The other roles in the series were played by Rose Byrne, Ted Denson, and Noah Bean.
In 2014, Glenn played a small but striking role in a fantastic action movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and in 2016, the part of the grandmother in the family picture The Great Gilly Hopkins.
Glenn Close’s personal lifeThe first husband of the actress was a musician Cabot Wade. Glenn thinks that marriage with him that broke up after 2 years was a mistake.
In the early 2000s, the actress began dating John Starke but refused to marry the famous producer remembering the first two failures. She lived with Starke for about 6 years and gave birth to a daughter, Annie.