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Glenn Close (1947)

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Glenn Close is an American actress and singer of theatre and film, known for her roles as a femme fatale - the scheming Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons and deranged stalker Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction - as well as Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians , and its sequel 102 Dalmatians . She has been more recently known for her Emmy and Golden Globe winning role as Patty Hewes in the FX TV series Damages. She has been nominated five times for an Oscar, and once for a BAFTA Film Award, and has won three Tonys, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.


Close has had an extensive career performing in Broadway musicals. One of her most notable roles on stage was Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Sunset Boulevard, for which 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. In addition to Sunset Boulevard, Close also won Tony Awards in 1984 for The Real Thing, and in 1992 for Death and the Maiden.

Close performed at Carnegie Hall, narrating the violin concerto The Runaway Bunny, a concerto for reader, violin and orchestra, composed and conducted by Glen Roven.

 Film and television

Close started her professional stage career in 1974, and her film work in 1982. She played the scheming aristocrat The Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons and the borderline personality disorder plagued book editor Alex in Fatal Attraction. She has been nominated for five 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 . In 1984, Close starred in the critically acclaimed drama Something about Amelia, a Golden Globe-winning television movie about a family destroyed by sexual abuse. She played the role of Sunny von Bülow in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune to critical acclaim.

In the 1990s, she starred in the highly rated presentation of the 1991 Hallmark Hall of Fame drama Sarah, Plain and Tall and also in the made-for-TV movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story ; from these roles, she was nominated for 8 Emmys and 9 Golden Globes . She also appeared in the newsroom comedy-drama The Paper , the alien invasion satire Mars Attacks! , the Disney hit 101 Dalmatians and its sequel 102 Dalmatians , and the blockbuster Air Force One , as the trustworthy vice-president to Harrison Ford's president. In 2001, she starred in a 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 starred in a series of her own for 2007, Damages instead of continuing her character on The Shield. Close won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series for her role in Damages. In an interview after her win, Close admitted her role of Patty Hewes in the series was the role of her life. Also in 2009, she narrated the environmental film Home.

In December 2010, Close began filming Albert Nobbs in Dublin. She won an Obie for her role in the play on stage. She has been working on the film for 10 years and is not only starring in it, she has co-written the screenplay and will produce it. She said at a press conference held on December 9, 2010 in Dublin, a couple of days before shooting began, "I believe in this story and its potential to take everyone on a sensuous, funny, heart-breaking, wildly unexpected ride". The film received mixed reviews, with the interpretations of Close and Janet McTeer the most acclaimed.

 personal life
In February 2006, Close married her longtime boyfriend David E. Shaw in Maine. Close was previously married to Cabot Wade (1969–1973) and James Marlas (1984–1987). She has a daughter, Annie Starke, from her previous relationship with John Starke that ended in 1991. She has donated money to the election campaigns of many Democratic politicians, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Howard Dean, John Edwards and Barack Obama. Close is a dog lover and writes a blog for Fetchdog.com, where she interviews other famous people about their relationships with their dogs. Close announced to the public that she has had her DNA sequenced.

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