Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 19, 1947. Her father was William Taliaferro Close, a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo and served as a personal physician to Mobutu Sese Seko.

Glenn Close is also a second cousin once-removed of actress Brooke Shields (Shields's great-grandmother Mary Elsie Moore was a sister of Close's maternal grandfather, Charles Arthur Moore, Jr.).

In 1974 Glenn Close started her professional stage career. In 1979 she was in the TV film "Too Far To Go". Her movie work began in 1982 with "The World According To Garp".

Glenn Close is a six-time Academy Award nominee, tying the record for being the actress with the most nominations never to have won (along with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter). She has also been nominated for four Tonys (three wins), fourteen Emmys (three wins), fourteen Golden Globes (two wins), two Drama Desk Awards (one win) and eight Screen Actors Guild Awards (one win). She has also won an Obie award and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and a BAFTA.

Her most iconic movie role was in "Fatal Attraction" with Michael Douglas. Ms. Close played the role of a seductive but psychotic mistress turned stalker.

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