- 10:57 AM, Apr 29
A versatile actress of great talent and grace who has acquired numerous honors and laudation throughout her long career, Glenn Close indeed has penned her name solidly in the show business as one of the most prominent thespians the world ever has. Coming from the upper-class family of English descent, she was born to William T. Close and Bettine Moore on March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut. This blond girl then spent most of early life alternately between Switzerland's boarding schools and the Belgian Congo, or later known as Zaire, Africa where her father worked as a doctor while also operated a clinic for 16 years. Always has a deep love for acting, she started to establish her way in acting field during her teens, including forming a theater group at her school, Greenwich's Rosemary Hall, and joining the original stage productions of a conservative folk-singing group, Up With People, for a couple of years.
Upon her graduation from College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with the B.A. degree in drama and anthropology, Glenn fixed her mind to pursue an acting career thus headed for New York to find herself delightfully joined the Phoenix Theatre Company in 1974. Afterwards involved in a series of Broadway productions, such as “Love for Love” and “Rex,” she also took some of her time to land appearances on screen through a handful of TV-movie features, like “The Rules of the Game” (1975) or “Too Far to Go” (1979). Her life then encountered a significant change when she performed in musical play of “Barnum” (1980) as it not only led her to earn the Best Actress (Featured Role--Musical) nomination at Tony Awards in the same year, but also prompted George Roy Hill to offer her a role in his next film.
Eagerly accepted Hill's offer to be included in the cast of "The World According to Garp" (1982), Glenn wonderfully made such an impressive big screen debut so that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences granted her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress category in 1983. This achievement amazingly was repeated in the two following years through her next pictures, “The Big Chill” (1983) and “The Natural” (1984), urging many people to take more attention on her, especially after she was named Best Actress in a Play at the 1984 Tony Awards. However, it was not until she starred in Adrian Lyne's