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Sunday, March 19, 2017

70 Groovy Things about Glenn Close on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Glenn Close's 70th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Glenn Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, on March 19, 1947. Before marrying her grandmother, Close's paternal grandfather was married to Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress to the Post cereal fortune who later became the mother of actress Dina Merrill.

2. She is a second cousin once removed of actress Brooke Shields, whose great-grandmother was a sister of Close's maternal grandfather.

3. She made her Broadway debut on November 9, 1974, in the Phoenix Theatre's production of Love for Love (directed by Harold Prince). She was the understudy for leading lady Mary Ure, who was fired after a Saturday matinee, and Close then went on for the evening performance.

4. On April 30, 1975, she made her television debut as a "Neighbor" in the Great Performances production of The Rules of the Game, which played on Broadway in December 1974 (Close was the understudy for the play's leading lady, Joan Van Ark).

5. She played "Princess Mary" in the Broadway musical, Rex, which opened on April 25, 1976, and ran for 48 performances.

6. In October 1976, she played Stella Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire at Princeton's McCarter Theatre, starring Shirley Knight as Blanche DuBois.

7. In May 1977, she appeared in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo at New Haven's Long Wharf Theater, starring Rita Moreno.

8. In November 1977, she appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others, which also starred Jill Eikenberry and Swoosie Kurtz.

9. On March 12, 1979, she appeared in the NBC movie, Too Far to Go, with Blythe Danner and Michael Moriarty.

10. On December 22, 1979, she appeared in the CBS movie, Orphan Train, with Jill Eikenberry and Kevin Dobson.

11. In 1980, she received her first Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Barnum.



12. She appeared in the ABC movie, The Elephant Man, on January 4, 1982.

13. She won a 1983 OBIE Award for her performance in the 1982 Off-Broadway production of The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs (which would become a film in 2011).

14. She received her first Academy Award nomination for her first feature film, The World According to Garp (1982), in which she played Robin Williams' mother (even though she was only four years older than him).



15. She received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the 1983 film, The Big Chill.

16. In 1984, she won her first Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.



17. She received her first Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the 1984 ABC movie, Something About Amelia. She also became only the third actor ever to receive an Emmy, Oscar and Tony nomination all in the same year (1984).

18. She was hired to dub all of Andie MacDowell's dialogue in the 1984 film, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, when MacDowell's heavy Southern accent was deemed unsuitable for the character of Jane Porter.

19. She received her third consecutive Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the 1984 baseball drama, The Natural, which starred Robert Redford.

20. She starred opposite Robert Duvall in the 1984 drama, The Stone Boy.

21. She starred opposite Jeff Bridges in the 1985 film, Jagged Edge.

22. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for the 1985 film, Maxie.



23. She starred in the 1985-86 Broadway production of Michael Frayn's play, Benefactors.

24. In 1986, she appeared on The American Theatre Wing Seminars: Working in the Theatre with Maurice Hines, Aidan Quinn and Marlo Thomas.



25. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the 1987 film, Fatal Attraction (she also discovered that she was a few weeks pregnant with her daughter after she suffered a concussion during a re-shoot of the movie's ending).



26. She received her fifth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the 1988 film, Dangerous Liaisons, and she promoted the film on Conversations in the Arts and Humanities (with John C. Tibbetts), and on Late Night with David Letterman on February 21, 1989.




27. She hosted Saturday Night Live on February 25, 1989.




28. She starred in the 1989 drama, Immediate Family, which she promoted on The Arsenio Hall Show on October 24, 1989.




29. She appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show on February 18, 1990.



30. She starred opposite Jeremy Irons in the 1990 film, Reversal of Fortune.

31. She appeared on Sesame Street on December 19, 1990.



32. She played Mel Gibson's mother in the 1990 film adaptation of Hamlet (even though she is only nine years older than him), and she promoted the film on Late Night with David Letterman on December 27, 1990.



33. She received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the 1991 CBS movie, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and the 1993 CBS sequel, Skylark (she also starred in the 1999 CBS movie, Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End).

34. She dated actor Woody Harrelson after they starred together in a 1991 Los Angeles production of the play, Brooklyn Laundry (in which her understudy was Brenda Vaccaro).

35. She promoted her film, Meeting Venus, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on November 13, 1991, and on Late Night with David Letterman on November 26, 1991.




36. She made a cameo appearance as "Gutless" (a male pirate) in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film, Hook.

37. In 1992, she won her second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Death and the Maiden, which also starred Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman.



38. She performed at Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall on June 10, 1992.



39. She hosted Saturday Night Live for a second time on December 12, 1992.



40. She starred in the 1993 drama, The House of the Spirits, with Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep.

41. On September 24, 1993, she appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and discussed the Los Angeles production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Sunset Boulevard, which opened on December 9, 1993.



42. She starred in Ron Howard's 1994 film, The Paper, with Michael Keaton and Marisa Tomei.

43. In 1995, she won her third Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, and she promoted the show during an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on November 10, 1994.





44. She won her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the NBC movie, Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, which aired on February 6, 1995, and she promoted the show on Live with Regis & Kathie Lee.



45. On November 19, 1995, she made her first of eight guest appearances on The Simpsons as the voice of Homer's mother, Mona Simpson.

46. She appeared in the 1996 film, Mary Reilly, starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich.

47. She played the First Lady opposite Jack Nicholson's U.S. President in Tim Burton's 1996 film, Mars Attacks!

48. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy for her performance as the sinister Cruella de Vil in the 1996 film, 101 Dalmatians (she reprised the role in the 2000 sequel, 102 Dalmatians). She promoted the movie on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on November 25, 1996, and Charlie Rose on November 28, 1996.




49. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the HBO movie, In the Gloaming, which aired on April 20, 1997.

50. She played the Vice President of the United States in the 1997 film, Air Force One.

51. She made an uncredited cameo appearance as herself in the 1997 comedy, In & Out, starring Kevin Kline (whom she dated briefly in the early 1970s).

52. She performed at Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration, a 1998 musical tribute to celebrate the composer's 50th birthday.



53. She starred in Robert Altman's 1999 film, Cookie's Fortune, with Julianne Moore and Patricia Neal.

54. She starred as Nellie Forbush in the ABC production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, which aired on March 26, 2001.



55. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as photographer Fannie Lieber in an episode of Will & Grace, which aired on May 2, 2002.

56. She played Blanche DuBois in Trevor Nunn's 2002 production of A Streetcar Named Desire at London's Royal National Theatre.

57. She appeared in the 2003 film, Le Divorce, starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts.

58. She played a federal judge who's nominated for the Supreme Court in an episode of NBC's The West Wing, which aired on March 24, 2004.

59. She won a Golden Globe and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Showtime's The Lion in Winter, which aired on May 23, 2004.



60. She starred in the 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler.

61. She received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Season 4 of FX's The Shield,

62. She starred in the 2005 film, Heights, with Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden.

63. She starred in the 2007 ensemble drama, Evening, with Claire Danes and Meryl Streep.

64. She won two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes in the 2007-12 series, Damages.

65. On January 12, 2009, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

66. She received her sixth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the 2011 drama, Albert Nobbs, which she co-wrote and produced.

67. She played Irani Rael in the 2014 film, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (which will be released on May 5, 2017).

68. She starred opposite John Lithgow in the 2014 Broadway revival of the Edward Albee play, A Delicate Balance, and she promoted the show and participated in a face-stuffing contest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 12, 2014.



69. She provided the voice for herself in an episode of Fox's Family Guy, which aired on March 6, 2016.



70. In April 2016, she reprised her role as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, in an English National Opera production in London, which transferred to Broadway in February 2017.

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