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"Acting, to me, is about the incredible adventure of examining the landscape of human heart and soul. That's basically what we do."

Glenda Veronica Close (born March 19, 1947), better known as Glenn Close, is an American film, television and stage actor.

Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is considered by many to be one of the greatest actors of all-time.

She has won two Golden Globe Awards, three Emmy Awards, and three Tony Awards, and received eight Academy Award nominations, making her the most-nominated living actor who has never won an Oscar.

She appeared in:

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  • The Simpsons, as Homer's mother, Mona, who abandoned her husband and son after a chemical warfare protest gone wrong. In most episodes (including an early one where Grampa Simpson tells Homer about how he knocked up a carnival worker before he married Mona), Maggie Roswell voices Homer's mother, and in "D'Oh-in In the Wind," Tress MacNeille voiced her in the flashback of Mona taking Homer to Woodstock.
  • Will & Grace
  • The West Wing
  • The Shield
  • Damages
  • 3Below
  • Finding Your Roots


Tropes associated with her work include:

  • Assumed Win: The 2019 Academy Awards was seen as Close's absolutely "for sure" Oscar coronation. Her turn in The Wife had won her a Golden Globe, Critic's Choice and Screen Actor's Guild award and over 90 percent of Oscar procrastinators picked her as the solid victor. Instead, in a stunning upset, Olivia Colman took the Oscar for The Favourite, who even apologized to Close during her speech. Even worse, Close was wearing a golden dress that night, which many believe was intentionally meant to make her look like an Oscar.
  • Cool Old Lady: In many of her later roles, she plays steely, tough but witty and charming older women. She's also very much this in real life as well.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Reporters at media junkets are told not to ask her about her time with the travelling singing group Up With People.
    • She's also not particularly happy about stigmatising mental illness with her role in Fatal Attraction, and later helped set up a mental health charity.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: One of the few women in the entirety of the acting industry who has one...and pulls it off astoundingly well.
  • Large Ham: She can really overact if she needs to and will gleefully leave teeth marks in the scenery when the opportunity presents itself, most notable in her role as Cruella De Vil.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Her on-the-record reason for playing Nova Prime in Guardians of the Galaxy, although she also said that she had fun with the role as well.
  • Uncredited Role: Had a brief, uncredited cameo in Hook.