Glenn Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States, on 19th March 1947. Spanning film, television and stage, the following is a snap-shot of her career.
Throughout her lengthy and varied career, Close has been consistently lauded for her versatility and is generally regarded as being one of the finest actresses of her generation. She has won three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards and received six Academy Award nominations.
Close started her professional stage career in 1974 in Love for Love, and was mainly a New York stage actress through the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, appearing in plays and musicals, including the Broadway productions of Barnum in 1980 and The Real Thing in 1983, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Her first film role was in The World According to Garp (1982), which she followed up with supporting roles in The Big Chill (1983), and The Natural (1984).
Close has been nominated for six Academy Awards, for Best Actress in Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, and Albert Nobbs and for Best Supporting Actress in The Natural, The Big Chill, and The World According to Garp.
Other popular films that Close has appeared in include, Fatal Attraction opposite Michael Douglas, Dangerous Liasons, 101 Dalmations as Cruella de Vil, Hamlet, Air Force One alongside Harrison Ford, The Stepford Wives and many more…
With an extensive career in Broadway musicals, one of her most notable stage roles was Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Sunset Boulevard (1994), for which Close won a Tony Award.
Close was also a guest star at the Andrew Lloyd Webber fiftieth birthday party celebration in the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, where she appeared as Norma Desmond and performed songs from Sunset Boulevard. Close won Tony Awards in 1984 for The Real Thing, and again in 1992 for Death and the Maiden.
As If We Never Said Goodbye
In October 2014, Close returned to star on Broadway in the role of Agnes in Pam MacKinnon’s revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance at the Golden Theatre. Her co-stars were John Lithgow as Tobias, Martha Plimpton as Julia and Lindsay Duncan as Claire.
In April 2016, Glenn Close returns as Norma Desmond in the musical Sunset Boulevard in London’s West End, the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard is produced by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd and is based on the original Paramount film by Billy Wilder.
English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES
Dates: 1st April to 7th May 2016
Press night: 4th April 2016 at 7.30pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm