Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American film and stage actress.
She was born into a society family and attended the College of William and Mary, becoming a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett Close , a stockbroker, was first married to Post Cereals' heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, which makes Glenn Close a relative by marriage and/or blood to screenwriter/director Preston Sturges and actress Dina Merrill. She also is a distant cousin of the actress and model Brooke Shields.
Close is remembered for her chilling roles as the scheming aristocrat Madame de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons and as the demented 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.
In the 1990s, Close took on challenging roles on U.S. television as well. She starred in two highly rated presentations of the Hallmark Hall of Fame drama Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991 and 1999) and 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. In 2005, Close joined the FX crime series The Shield, in which she plays a no-nonsense precinct captain.
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