Glenn Close was well into her thirties when she became a household name, and are one of few actors in the movie business (in addition to Meryl Streep) who've managed to command good (and leading) roles well into her fifties.
American Close was raised basically in Switzerland and in Africa, travelling with her doctor father, and didn't take up acting until the seventies when she shined in various Broadway productions.
She didn't make her big screen debut until she landed an important role in George Roy Hill's successful The World According to Garp, but she immediately shot to stardom, receiving an Oscar-nomination for best supporting actress in her first appearance. She followed that up with being nominated in the same category the two subsequent years (with The Big Chill and The Natural), but despite two additional Oscar-nominations (in leading roles), she's yet to win an Oscar in her illustrious career.
Glenn Close has throughout her career shown her versatility and ability to chose challenging roles for her self. Perhaps best known for her "bitch roles", such as Alex in Fatal Attraction, Marquise de Merteul in Dangerous Liaisons and the role of Cruela DeVil in 101 Dalmatians, Close also has a more gentle side to her and has done a handful of very expressful emotional roles.
The World According to Garp
"beautifully acted by all, especially Close (in her feature debut)" - Leonard Maltin
"Close er empatisk og troverdig i hovedrollen" - Fredrik Fevang
"(...) man heller ikke forvente at Glenn Close skal kunne tilføre mer av sitt talent. Det er utrolig at Close gjør en så god jobb som hun gjør, med tanke på hvilket materiale hun får til rådighet." - Fredrik Fevang
"It is played to perfection by Close and Malkovich in the central roles"
"Glenn Close som Cruella er god, men ikke så innovativt abstrus som hun var i Mary Reilly tidligere på året." - Fredrik Fevang
Air Force One
"Ved sin side har han Glenn Close i en slags "jeg er ikke bare heks"-rolle, som står i kontrast til det meste av Close sitt verdifulle arbeid, og som en hvilken som helst skuespiller kunne gjort likt henne." - Fredrik Fevang
Alex Forrest: "Bring the dog, I love animals... I'm a great cook."