Monday, January 31, 2011

Glenn Close

Name : Glenn Close
Gender : Female
City : Greenwich
State/Region : Connecticut
Country : United States

Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. Her success, which has been abundant over the span of her career, has not only allowed her to become a one time Emmy Award- winning TV movie actress, but also a three time Tony Award-winning stage actress. Apart from winning those awards Glenn Close has received nominations for seven Emmys, seven Golden Globes and five Oscars.
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Glenn Close profileClose was born in Greenwich, Connecticut to Bettine (née Moore) and William Taliaferro Close,[1] a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo and served as a personal physician to President Mobutu Sese Seko.[2] Her parents came from upper-class families; her paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett Close, a stockbroker and director of the American Hospital Association,[3] was first married to Post Cereals' heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, making Glenn Close a relative of screenwriter/director Preston Sturges and actress Dina Merrill.

Close is also a second cousin once removed of Brooke Shields. Shields's great-grandmother Mary Elsie Moore (wife of Don Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince di Civitella-Cesi) was Close's great-aunt, a sister of Close's maternal grandfather, Charles Arthur Moore.

Close attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a private boarding school in Connecticut. Michael Douglas, her co-star in Fatal Attraction, also attended Choate Rosemary Hall. Glenn also attended the College of William and Mary, becoming a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Career
Close has had a lengthy career as a versatile actress and performer. Close is remembered for her chilling roles as the scheming aristocrat Madame de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons and as the psychotic book editor Alex in Fatal Attraction. She has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards, for Best Actress in Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal Attraction and for Best Supporting Actress in The Natural, The Big Chill and The World According to Garp. She played the role of Sunny von Bülow in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune to critical acclaim.

In the 1990s, Close took on challenging roles on television as well. She starred in the highly rated presentation of the 1991 Hallmark Hall of Fame drama Sarah, Plain and Tall (and its two sequels) and also in the made-for-TV movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995); from these roles she was nominated for 8 Emmys (winning one) and 7 Golden Globes (winning one 2005). She also appeared in the newsroom comedy-drama The Paper (1994), the alien invasion satire Mars Attacks! (1996, as The First Lady), the Disney hit 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians (1996, as the sinister Cruella de Vil) and the blockbuster Air Force One (1997), as the trustworthy vice-president to Harrison Ford's president.

In 2001 she starred in an elaborate production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific. In 2005, Close joined the FX crime series The Shield, in which she played a no-nonsense precinct captain. She only appeared in one season, choosing to work on the series Damages (also on FX) instead of continuing her character on the Shield.

Close has had an extensive career performing in many Broadway musicals. One of her most notable roles on stage was Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Sunset Boulevard where Close won a Tony award playing the role on Broadway in 1994. Close was also a guest star, at the Andrew Lloyd Webber fiftieth birthday party celebration, in the Royal Albert Hall in 1998. She appeared as Norma Desmond and performed songs from Sunset Boulevard. Close will reprise the role of Norma Desmond in the 2008 film Sunset Boulevard, based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. As of February 2007, the film has not started production.

Personal life
Close is a life-long baseball fan of the New York Mets and has sung the National Anthem before Mets games several times, including Game 1 of the 1986 World Series. In February 2006, Close married her longtime boyfriend David Shaw. The couple reside in Maine. Close was previously married to Cabot Wade (1969–1971) and James Marlas (1984–1987). Her only child is her daughter, Annie Maude Starke (Born April 26, 1988), from her previous relationship with John Starke that ended in 1991.

She has donated money to election campaigns of many Democratic Party politicians, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Howard Dean and John Edwards.

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