Glenn Close: How Many Awards Has the Oscar Nominee Won?
For many 90s kids, Glenn Close will forever be Cruella de Vil from Disney’s live-action version of 101 Dalmatians. For others, she may always be the unhinged stalker in Fatal Attraction. However you see Glenn Close, there’s no denying she’s a leading actress with immense talent.
Glenn Close hails from Connecticut — she was born in Greenwich on March 19, 1947 — and got her start in theater before moving to a career in acting, according to Biography. She has one brother, Sandy, and two sisters, Jessie and Tina.
Her parents, Dr. William Close and Bettine Moore Close, raised their kids outside of the elite society they were part of.
“My parents were real black sheep in Greenwich,” Close said in a September 1994 issue of New York Magazine.
“The milieu was highly social and very elite, and we had that as our heritage – my grandparents founded Round Hill Country Club. But we never participated in that kind of a life. I’ve always been a little bit proud of that fact.”
Close’s parents moved her and her siblings to the Democratic Republic of the Congo when she was 13 years old as part of their involvement with the cult-like group, Moral Rearmament. Close spent her teenage years in the Congo, Swiss boarding schools, and a Greenwich prep school.
For four years she toured with Up With People, a Moral Rearmament singing group, in the U.S. and Europe, before leaving to study drama and anthropology at the College of William and Mary when she was 22 years old.
Friendship with Meryl Streep
Closed moved to New York City after college and joined the Phoenix Theatre Company with her friend, Meryl Streep.
She made her Broadway debut in 1974 and won a Tony 10 years later for playing Annie in The Real Thing.
Close’s first movie
Close played feminist writer, Jenny Fields, in The World According to Garp, which premiered in 1982. She received an Oscar nomination for the role and did so for her next two films.
It wasn’t until 1987 when Close played arguably her most famous role. Fatal Attraction showed Close as Alex Forrester, an obsessed stalker. Then in the 90s she played Gertrude in Hamlet with Mel Gibson.
Her diversity in theater, film, and TV are practically unmatched by any other actor. She’s done voice-acting on The Simpsons, played controlling and deceptive Patty on Damages and dominated the Broadway stage.
How many awards has Glenn Close won?
Close has won many awards throughout her illustrious career — 22 to be exact — and may win an Academy Award very soon.
She’s favored to win an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in The Wife. Close has been nominated for an Oscar before but never won.
Here is a complete list of awards Close has ever won:
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (2019 for The Wife)
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (2019 for The Wife)
- Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress (2019 for The Wife)
- Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture (2019 for The Wife)
- Costume Designers Guild Award for Lacoste Spotlight Award (2019)
- Satellite Award for Best Original Song (2011 for “Lay Your Head Down”)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2008 and 2009 for Damages)
- Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2009 for Damages)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2008 for Damages)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television (2005 for The Lion in Winter)
- Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award (2003)
- GLAAD Excellence in Media Award (2002)
- Glamour Woman of the Year Award (1995)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (1995 for Sunset Boulevard)
- Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (1995 for Sunset Boulevard)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (1995 for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story)
- Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (1995 for Sunset Boulevard)
- Tony Award for Best Actress in A Play (1992 for Death and the Maiden)
- People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress (1988)
- Tony Award for Best Actress in A Play (1984 for The Real Thing)
- Obie Award for Performance (1983 for The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs)