On Her Birthday, 10 Great Glenn Close Moments

One of our all-time favorite actresses, Glenn Close, turns 67 today. Celebrating her birthday, by looking back at some moments that were quintessential for this leading lady’s career. Love you Glenn!


We all love a devilish femme fatale character, don’t we? Glenn Close knocked the critics out of town with her performance in Stephen Frears’ take on the film adaptation of Christoher Hampton’s play Les liaisons dangereuses, which had originally been an 18th-century French novel written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Later, Cruel Intentions was another film adaptation that did successfully well and spawned a cult name for the teenage genre. However, it’s Glenn Closes’s tour-de-force depiction of character Marquise de Merteuil that had everyone talking. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, one which was for Best Actress (Glenn Close).

Cruella De Vil in 101 DALMATIANS

When news that Glenn Close would be playing the villainous Cruella De Vil in a live adaption of Disney animated classic 101 Dalmatians everyone knew it was going to be wickedly fun. It was. Her take on the dog-feared fur-wearing villain was a hit in the 90s. How can we forget?

Glenn Close “Drunk” At the Golden Globes

As Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler were hosting the 2013 Golden Globes, whiskeys in hand, they called upon Glenn Close and how “drunk” she was. Of course, being a team player, Close perfectly seized the opportunity and had us all laughing. Check out the clip right here.

Patty Hewes in DAMAGES

Damages was one hell of a show. Glenn Close’s Patty Hewes sure gave Rose Byrne’s Ellen Parsons the ride of her life, always served with a deliciously icy bitchiness. Hands down- Glenn Closes’ most bitchy modern woman. Too bad the show isn’t still on… It lasted for four seasons and garnered some Emmys along the way.


The most controversial role that Glenn Close took on was Alex Forrest in renowned erotic-thriller direct Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction. The film had shook audiences worldwide and is considered a classic in contemporary American cinema, spawning many copies. America just wasn’t ready for it. Angry feminists attacked the film and labeled it as misogynistic.

The Woman Knows How to Sing! #GetThatTony

Glenn Close isn’t a stranger to the Tonys. She won for her stage performance in Sunset Blvd. in 1994. In 1984 she also won for The Real Thing as well as in 1992 for Death and the Maiden. Just incredible! You get it girl.

She Advocates Fair Treatment for Mental Illness

Glenn Close started an organization known as BringChange2Mind, which advocates fair treatment and non-stigmatization of mental illness. She has spoken in interviews regarding the subject matter and how it’s affected her life as well as her sister’s (whom was diagnosed with bipolar disorder).

She Played the Vice President and First Wife in Two Consecutive Years!

The fine actress herself starred in Tim Burton’s goofy sci-fi romp Mars Attacks! as a whimsical First Lady and followed up with next year’s Air Force One where she played Vice President in moments of crisis. If anything, we know Close has power! Just look at this range of filmography, stage performance, and leadership (on and off screen).

ALBERT NOBBS: A Transformative Close

The depiction of the title character earned Glenn Close her sixth Oscar nomination and was hailed by critics. Glenn Close spent fifteen years trying to bring the real-life story alive. She truly believed in this project and has said “people like Albert Nobbs deserve to have their stories told.”

Her Breakthrough Was in a George Roy Hill Film

George Roy Hill casted Glenn Close in his 1982 film The World According to Garp, based upon the same novel written by John Irving. Starring alongside legendary Robin Williams, Glenn Close’s performance was stated to be “unconventional and absorbing” by late critic Roger Ebert. The next year would be The Big Chill, another Close classic.

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