Daughter of Dr. William Taliaferro Close (1924-2009) and Bettine Close of Big Piney, Wyoming.
Has won three Tony Awards: twice as Best Actress (Play), in 1984 for Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" and in 2002 for "Death and the Maiden", and once as Best Actress (Musical), for "Sunset Boulevard", playing Norma Desmond, a role originally created by Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's film, Sunset Blvd. (1950). She was also nominated in 1980 as Best Featured Actress (Musical) for "Barnum".
Made her professional debut, as one fourth of the Green Glen Singers, in the original production of "Up With People" in 1964.
Daughter of Dr. William Close. Dr. Close was the personal physician and close friend of African dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Besides being his private physician, he was appointed chief doctor of the national army and helped control the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic that affected Zaire in 1976. He later become a leading researcher on the AIDS virus.
Lived with Len Cariou from 1979-1983.
A relatively late starter for a film actress, Glenn was already 35-years-old when she made her debut in The World According to Garp (1982).
Was considered for the role of Elvira Hancock in Scarface (1983).
Was hired to dub all of Andie MacDowell's dialogue in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), because the former model had such a heavy southern accent.
In 1984, became the third actor to receive an Oscar, Emmy and Tony nomination in the same calendar year (for The Big Chill, Something About Amelia, and The Real Thing respectively).
Was the fourth choice to play the role of Alex in Fatal Attraction (1987). The first choices were Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey, and Miranda Richardson. (Sharon Stone also auditioned for this role, but was passed over).
She and her costar in Fatal Attraction (1987), Michael Douglas, both attended prep schools in Connecticut. Close graduated from Rosemary Hall in Greenwich, and Douglas graduated from the Choate School in Wallingford. Later, the two schools merged, making them two of the most famous alumni of Choate Rosemary Hall.
Her performance as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987) is ranked #36 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Her chilling performance as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987) was ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's villains list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.
Returned to work 2 months after giving birth to her daughter Annie Starke in order to begin filming Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
Gave birth to her first child at age 41, a daughter Annie Maude Starke (aka Annie Starke) on April 26, 1988. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, John H. Starke.
Chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to replace Patti LuPone in 'Sunset Boulevard' before its arrival on Broadway in 1994.
She became engaged to Steve Beers in 1995.
Months after the film Mary Reilly (1996)'s production team had disbanded, the producers called back the stars to shoot three alternative endings. For one of them, she was flown back to London on the Concorde for only one day of work.
Is a New York Mets fan and, in 2006, sang the national anthem at the Mets game that coincided with the Mets' 20th anniversary of their 1986 World Series win.
Was originally cast as Madame Raquin in Therese Raquin (2012) but was replaced by Jessica Lange before production began.
As of 2012, Ms. Close ties with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter for an actress with the most Oscar nominations (6) without a win.