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Glenn Close

FULL NAME Glenn Close
BORN March 19, 1947, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
ASSOCIATION Actress
NATIONALITY American
REVIEWED ENTRIES 17
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

½

AVERAGE RATING 4.12
STRENGTHS
  • Character versatility
  • Chameleon-like appearance
  • Classical theatrical actress
  • Emotional range

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1982 The World According to Garp Jenny Fields

½

1983 The Big Chill Sarah
1985 Jagged Edge Teddy Barnes

1987 Fatal Attraction Alex Forrest

1988 Dangerous Liaisons Marquise de Merteuil

½

1990 Reversal of Fortune Sunny von Bülow

½

1993 The House of the Spirits Ferula
1994 The Paper Alicia Clark ½
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (TV) Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer ½
1996 Mary Reilly Mrs. Farraday

1996 101 Dalmatians Cruela De Vil

½

1996 Mars Attacks! Marsha Dale

½

1997 Air Force One Kathryn Bennett

2004 The Stepford Wives Claire Wellington

½

2005 The Chumscrubber Carrie Johnson

2011 Albert Nobbs Albert Nobbs

½

2016 The Girl with All the Gifts Dr Caroline Caldwell

 

PORTRAYAL

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.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1982

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The World According to Garp

1983

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Big Chill

1984

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Natural

1987

Nominated for Best Actress for Fatal Attraction

1988

Nominated for Best Actress for Dangerous Liaisons

2011

Nominated for Best Actress for Albert Nobbs

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

The World According to Garp

"beautifully acted by all, especially Close (in her feature debut)" - Leonard Maltin

 

Jagged Edge

"Close er empatisk og troverdig i hovedrollen" - Fredrik Fevang

 

Fatal Attraction

"(...) 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

 

Dangerous Liaisons

"It is played to perfection by Close and Malkovich in the central roles"

 

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

 

 

QUOTES

  • "I've often been mistaken for Meryl Streep, although never on Oscar night."

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

Fatal Attraction

Alex Forrest: "Bring the dog, I love animals... I'm a great cook."