Glenn Close born March 19, is an American actress and producer. Additionally, she is a seven-time Academy Award nominee, having the record for the most nominations without a win for an actress. In , Close was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame , and in , Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world. She began her professional career on stage in with Love for Love and was mostly a New York stage actress until the early s. Close went on to establish herself as a leading lady in Hollywood with roles in Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons , both of which earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She won her first Primetime Emmy Award for the television drama film Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story , and she continued a successful career in Hollywood with starring roles in Reversal of Fortune , Dalmatians , and Air Force One , among others. Further television work came for Close in the s, with her portrayal of Eleanor of Aquitaine in the television film The Lion in Winter earning her a Golden Globe Award. She returned to the Broadway stage in a revival of A Delicate Balance. Close has been married three times, and she has a daughter from her relationship with producer John Starke. She is the president of Trillium Productions and has co-founded the website FetchDog. She has made political donations in support of Democratic politicians, and is vocal on issues such as gay marriage, women's rights, and mental health. During her childhood, Close lived with her parents in a stone cottage on her maternal grandfather's estate in Greenwich. Close has credited her acting abilities to her early years: "I have no doubt that the days I spent running free in the evocative Connecticut countryside with an unfettered imagination, playing whatever character our games demanded, is one of the reasons that acting has always seemed so natural to me. She would also avoid mentioning her birthplace whenever asked because she did not want people to think she was a " dilettante who didn't have to work". When Close was seven years old, her parents joined the Moral Re-Armament MRA , a movement in which her family remained involved for fifteen years. During this period, Close's family lived in communal centers. Close has described MRA as a "cult" that dictated every aspect of her life, from the clothes that had to be worn to what she was allowed to say. She once stated that her desire to become an actress allowed her to break away from MRA, adding: "I have long [ago] forgiven my parents for any of this. They had their reasons for doing what they did, and I understand them. It had terrible effects on their kids, but that's the way it is. We all try to survive, right? And I think what actually saved me more than anything was my desire to be an actress. George's School. Close traveled for several years in the mid-to-late s with a singing group called Up With People and attended Rosemary Hall now Choate Rosemary Hall , graduating in The group's stated mission was "to write and sing songs which would give people a purpose and inspire them to live the way they were meant to live". When she was 22, Close broke away from MRA. During her years at school in Williamsburg , she also starred in the summer-time outdoor drama, "The Common Glory", written by Pulitzer Prize author Paul Green. Close started her professional stage career in at the age of Close has had an extensive career performing in Broadway musicals. She began performing in , and received her first Tony Award nomination in for Barnum. In she won her second Tony Award for Death and the Maiden. David Richards of The New York Times wrote in that "Glenn is giving one of those legendary performances people will be talking about years from now. The actress takes breathtaking risks, venturing so far out on a limb at times that you fear it will snap. It doesn't.

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