She has been nominated for Oscars eight times, the last this year, but has never achieved the coveted statuette.
Glenn Close was born on March 19, 1947, in Greenwich, Connecticut. Elegant, distinguished and with exceptional dramatic qualities, Glenn Close has specialized in the cinema in giving life to a type of fatal, intelligent and sophisticated woman. She has Scottish ancestry and her family was precisely the founder of Greenwich, so she belongs to the aristocracy, a category that she also shares on the part of her mother, since she is descended from the American.
Little Close grew up between Connecticut and then Belgian Congo (now Zaire), the country where her father practiced as a surgeon. She studied drama and anthropology in Switzerland, sang in a folk group with traditional messages called Viva la gente, very popular in the 60s and 70s, with whom she toured the world, marrying the rock guitarist Cabot Wade, from whom she divorced after two years of marriage.
In 1970 after her divorce, she left the group and began studying drama and anthropology in Virginia. There, his drama teacher encourages him to perform at national youth theater auditions. He reaches the final and gets a contract with the New Phoenix Repertory company with which he moves to New York. In 1973 she debuted as an actress on the Broadway stage, also appearing in several television films since the mid-1970s. After many supporting roles, on November 11, 1974 she obtained her first big success on Broadway by replacing a cousin who became found sick. It was in the play ‘Love for Love’, by William Congreve with which she went on stage without having rehearsed the main character, which she knew well enough since she was one of the actresses in the show’s repertoire.
With this success, Close dedicates herself entirely to the theater, consolidating herself as an actress, standing out in numerous works. During one of these performances on Broadway, the film director George Roy Hill, who was looking for an actress to make a film, notices her and offers her the role of mother of Robin Williams in what would be his first film: ‘The world according to Garp ‘, which premiered in 1982 and for which she is nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actress. In 1983 she shot her second film, ‘Reencuentro’, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, for which she was once again nominated for an Oscar as a supporting actress. A year later she is nominated for the third time in a row for her performance in ‘The Best’, alongside Robert Redford and under the direction of Barry Levinson. But his great leap to stardom occurs giving life to Alex Forrest in the evil psychopath and fatal woman protagonist of ‘Fatal Attraction’ (1987), Adrian Lyne’s film with Michael Douglas as a couple. For her performance, she is once again nominated for an Oscar, now as best leading actress, a fact that would be repeated in ‘The dangerous friendships’ (1988), by Stephen Frears, where she gave life to the perverse, fascinating and vengeful Marchioness of Merteuil
But Close, seeing that she was pigeonholed as villain characters, expands her repertoire with very diverse characters: ‘The Von Bullow Mystery’ (1990), ‘Hamlet’ (1990), ‘The House of Spirits’ (1993),’ Mars Attacks! ‘ (1996), ‘Mary Reilly’ (1996) or her character as Cruella De Vil, the two live-action installments of the Disney films ‘101 Dalmatians, more alive than ever’ (1996) and ‘102 Dalmatians’ (2000). Other Close films include ‘On the Edge of Suspicion’, ‘Appointment with Venus’, ‘Behind the News’, ‘Hook’ by Steven Spielberg, ‘Air Force One’ or ‘Le Divorce’, from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.
Close has never left the theater. She has won three Tony Awards in the best actress category for her performances in Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Real Thing’, Mike Nichols’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ or Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’.
Glenn Close has been nominated 10 times for the Golden Globes, having achieved it for the television adaptation of ‘The Lion in Winter’ and for his role as lawyer Patty Wewes. Despite his eight Oscar nominations (the last this year for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’), he has never achieved the coveted statuette. However, it does have other great prizes such as the Donostia at the San Sebastián Festival. Close is an activist for many humanitarian causes, for the feminist struggle and for gay marriage.