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Notable Alumni: Glenn Close '74

Glenn Close '74

Glenn Close graduated with a BA in drama and anthropology at The College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1974, whereupon she started a brilliant career that has spanned film, television and the stage.

Best know for her roles as the psychotic nanny opposite Michael Douglas in the thriller Fatal Attraction or perhaps her Oscar-nominated performance in 1988's Dangerous Liasons, Close has performed in a wide variety of characters -- making it seemingly impossible for Hollywood to peg her into a specific type of role.

Close has been nominated for Academy Awards her work in film and Emmy Awards for her roles on the small screen, for most recently made audiences jump on the FX cop drama The Shield.

But she is not a live-action actor alone. Close has lent her voice to many productions such as Disney's Tarzan and for the soundtracks of the classic children's stories: The Emperor and the Nightingale and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Those latter two performances garnered her Grammy Award consideration. And she has also performed with Placido Domingo on a Christmas album, and claims to have sung the National Anthem at the New York Mets' Shea Stadium a record eight times!

Close served the Alumni Association in 2004 as the New York Auction's honorary co-chair, along with fellow alumnus Jon Stewart '84.

"It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways," says Close and echoing Shakespeare, that the world is, indeed, a stage. But for Glenn Close, perhaps it is better said that the world is her stage, and we are all in the audience.

Academy Award Nominations

  • 1989 Nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for Dangerous Liaisons
  • 1988 Nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for Fatal Attraction
  • 1985 Nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for The Natural
  • 1984 Nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for The Big Chill
  • 1983 Nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for The World According to Garp

Emmy Award Nominations

  • 2005 Nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" for The Shield
  • 2004 Nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a miniseries or a Movie" for The Lion in Winter
  • 2002 Nominated for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" for her role on Will & Grace
  • 1997 Nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for In the Gloaming
  • 1995 Won "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
  • 1993 Nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for Skylark
  • 1991 Nominated for "Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special and Miniseries" for Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • 1984 Nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special" for Something About Amelia

-- Source: WMAA

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