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  • First NameGlenn Close

Glenn Close is an American actress, singer, and producer. A 46-year veteran of the acting industry, Glenn’s catalog of awards include three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also been nominated for seven Academy Awards.    

As of April 2020, Glenn Close’s net worth is $50 million.

How Did Glenn Close Make Her Wealth?

Glenn Close made her professional debut in 1974 when she was 27. A couple of ensuing years since her debut, Close was a major fixture of Broadway and off-Broadway plays. In 1980, she got her first Tony Award nomination for the musical Barnum.   

She eventually went on to win three Tony Awards: in 1984 for The Real Thing, in 1992 for Death and the Maiden, and in 1993-4 for Sunset Boulevard.  

Close made her feature film debut playing Robin William‘s mother in the 1982 comedy-drama, The World According to Garp, getting nominated for her first Academy Award in the process.

The following year, Close landed her second Academy Award nomination in the 1983 comedy-drama The Big Chill.

Close would go on to be nominated for five additional Academy Awards — albeit without any win — for the movies The Natural (1984), Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Albert Nobbs (2011), and The Wife (2017).

Close has also had a prolific television career and has been nominated for 14 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning three.

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She made her TV debut in 1975 as a background character in the anthology series Great Performances. She would go on to win her first Primetime Emmy Award in 1995 for the TV movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story.

Her lead performance as the ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes in the FX legal-thriller-drama series, Damages, would win her two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008 and 2009.

To date, Glenn Close holds 84 acting credits, according to IMDb. Considered one of the greatest actresses of all time, her contributions have been immortalized in the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Salary And Income Sources

Below is a list of projects Glenn has been involved in over the years and the salary she made out of them:

Salary for Movie Appearances 

Movie TitleRoleSalary (In $)
Fatal Attraction (1987)Alexandra “Alex” Forrest3,500,000
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil5,000,000
Reversal of Fortune (1990)Martha “Sunny” von Bülow3,000,000
The Paper (1994)Alicia Clark2,000,000
101 Dalmatians (1996)Cruella de Vil4,000,000

Salary Per Episode In TV Series

TV Show TitleRoleSalary Per Episode (In $)
The ShieldCaptain Monica Rawling100,000
Damages Patricia “Patty” Hewes200,000

Real Estate

Glenn Close listed her palatial estate in Bedford, New York, in June 2019, for $3.6 million after calling the New York farmhouse home for close to 30 years. 

Built on 10 acres of grassy green farmland, the main attraction is a two-story 1910s farmhouse spanning 5,773 square feet. The four-bedroom-four-and-a-half-bathroom is just one of many attractions of the lucrative property. 

Glenn Close's former New York farmhouse
Glenn Close’s former New York farmhouse    Source: Architectural Digest

The house has a spacious front porch, which opens to the first floor with a family room, a library with built-in shelves, and a formal dining hall. The kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances with a large stainless-steel center aisle.  

Upstairs are the bedrooms, one of which is the regal master suite with a walk-in closet, an adjoining office space with a wet-bar and a fridge, a sun porch, and an ensuite master bath.

Outdoors is the motor court, a patio, and a swimming pool with a spa. 

The main building is just one of many structures, and the property also features a barn-turned-office, a two-story guest cottage, and a playhouse for children with a loft. 

The home was on the market for sometime before it was finally snatched up in February 2020 for a reduced $2.75 million.   

Early Life And Childhood

Glenn Close was born on to socialite Bettine Moore Close and surgeon and doctor William Taliaferro Close on March 19, 1947. Her father was instrumental in stemming the spread of Ebola in Africa during the 1976 Ebola crisis.

One of three children born to her parents, they adopted a fourth child from Africa while they were stationed there. 

Born and raised in her grandfather’s estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, the scenery fostered in Glenn an appreciation for art and a desire to make a living out of it.

Glenn double-majored in theater and anthropology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and went back to get an honorary doctorate in arts.

Personal Life, Relationships, And Children

To date, Glenn has been married three times in her life, each one ending in divorce. Her first marriage happened when she was 22. She married the musician, Cabot Wade, on November 22, 1969. They ended up divorcing two years later on October 2, 1971.

Glenn then married the businessman James Marlas on September 1, 1984. Her second marriage could not last the three-year milestone, and they ended up getting divorced on February 27, 1987.

On the set of The World According to Garp, Glenn met and fell in love with the producer John Starke. They had one daughter together, Annie Maude Starke, born on April 26, 1988; Annie grew up to be an actress herself. Glenn and John separated in 1991.

Glenn married for the third time to executive and venture capitalist David Shaw on February 3, 2006, but their marriage ended in divorce as well. The separation was finalized on August 18, 2015.