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Glenn Close Biography

Birth Name:
Glenn Close
Birth Place:
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Grandfather Edward Bennett Close was once married to cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the mother of actress Dina Merrill
  • Glenn is also a second cousin of Brooke Shields, and is distantly related to Princess Diana
  • Father, a physician, opened a clinic in Congo when she was 13
  • Made her Broadway debut (in a starring role) in the 1974 Phoenix Theatre Company production of William Congreve's Love for Love
  • Big-screen debut was in the role of Robin Williams' mother Jenny Field in the 1982 film The World According to Garp
  • Replaced Patti LuPone as Norma Desmond in the 1994 Broadway premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard amid controversy between the singer and the composer
  • Is an avid New York Mets fan and has sung the national anthem at Shea Stadium
  • Collects her acting costumes
  • Accepted the lead role of fierce lawyer Patty Hewes on the series Damages after a successful season playing a police captain on The Shield

Awards

  • 2020Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2019Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: winner
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2019BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actress: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2018Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 2018Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2018Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2011Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Made for Television Movie: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special and Miniseries: nominated
  • 1990BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1988Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1987Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: nominated
  • 1984Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1983Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1982National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1982Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1982Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated

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