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Born in Greenwich, Conn., on March 19, 1947, Glenn Close grew up in Switzerland and Africa while her doctor father ran a clinic in the Belgian Congo. She studied acting and anthropology at Virginia's William and Mary College and got her showbiz start doing local theater.

Close's first big break came in The World According to Garp (1982), earning her the first of five Oscar nominations. She's best known for her portrayal of a rejected mistress in Fatal Attraction (1987) but has many other great performances on her résumé, including the cruel Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and socialite Sunny von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990).

Segueing to television, Close won an Emmy for her portrayal of a lesbian soldier in Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) and two more for her lead role in "Damages," which also brought her a Golden Globe award in 2008.

Glenn Close in The Great Gilly Hopkins

The Great Gilly Hopkins

2016 PG

Spirited and rebellious, 12-year-old Gilly Hopkins has been in and out of a long string of foster homes. When she's sent to live with the unorthodox Maime Trotter, Gilly doesn't intend to stay long, but Maime isn't about to quit on her young charge.

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