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Today’s Birthday March 19: US actress Glenn Close (1947-).
With a career marked by versatility and critical acclaim, Glenn Close is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses.
Born on March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut, Close spent much of her childhood in Africa, where her father worked as a doctor, and at a Swiss boarding school.
She made her New York stage debut in 1974’s Love for Love.
Her first film role came after director George Roy Hill saw her in a Broadway musical and cast her in The World According To Garp (1982), for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
She also won Oscar nominations for her performances in the films The Big Chill (1983), The Natural (1984), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
Throughout the next decade she appeared in a number of films including Reversal of Fortune (1990), Mary Reilly (1996), 101 Dalmatians (1996) and Air Force One (1997).
In 1999, Close lent her voice to the animated Tarzan and appeared in Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.
In addition to her film work, Close has maintained a stage and television career.
She won Tony Awards for her performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing (1984) and Ariel Dorfman’s Death And The Maiden (1992).
On television, Close appeared in Stones For Ibarra (1988) and Sarah Plain And Tall (1991).
She also starred in Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995), for which she won an Emmy Award.
More recent notable roles include starring opposite Nicole Kidman in The Stepford Wives (2004) and as Captain Monica Rawling in the TV Series The Shield.
Since 1995 she has had a recurring role as Mother Mona Simpson on The Simpsons.