Glenn Close is an infinite beauty at 76, with a career spanning more than four decades. Recently celebrating her birthday, the iconic actor confidently unveiled her makeup-free face and says she still observes the world “through the eyes of a 20-year-old.”
Glenn Close delighted fans on March 18, the day before her birthday, by posting a video update on Instagram in which she flaunts her natural makeup-free beauty, her short white hair undone.
Updating fans on her health and recent activities, the actor who played Cruella de Vil in Disney’s live-action features 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians (1996 and 2000, respectively) pointed out that the portrait behind her was a painting of Elizabeth I.
Recording from her home in New York, Close revealed she was pleased to be back with her dog again, after a demanding schedule that included isolation after a Covid diagnosis that stopped her from presenting at the 2023 Oscars, when she was scheduled to give an award alongside Harrison Ford.
The Reversal of Fortune star also revealed that she will soon appear in the Netflix comedy-action film Back in Action, alongside Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.
Fans congratulated the stage and screen actor, wishing her well and thanking her for being an inspiration.
One fan writes from Scotland, “…your work is astounding and your posts are so uplifting, your gift and talent in your craft is just mesmerising and I look forward to watching you in your coming projects.”
Another recalls the star’s early stage appearances before making the transition to film. “We so enjoyed having YOUR immense talent in the theatre,” the fan writes. Thank you once more!”
The multi-talented star made her Broadway debut in 1974 as Anjelica in Love for Love, and she later lent her powerful vocals to animating the deluded silent film diva, Norma Desmond, in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard in 1994, a role she reprised in 2017.
She was on Broadway when she was discovered by Hollywood director George Roy Hill, known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973) and Slapshot (1977), to name a few. Hill was working on The World According to Garp (1982), in which she played the mother of Robin Williams, who was only four years her junior. Her performance garnered her the first of eight Oscar nominations in her career, with no wins.
Close then had back-to-back nominations for roles in The Big Chill (1983) and The Natural (1984).
Though Close’s vengeful wife in Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons (her fourth and fifth nominations) faces obstacles in winning an Oscar, she does have three in the running.
Her sixth and seventh Academy Award nominations came for her roles in Albert Noobs (2011) and The Wife (2017), both of which she co-starred with her look-alike daughter, Annie Starke, whose father is John Starke. Close was previously married three times and was in a relationship with Starke from 1987 to 1991.
Annie, 35, co-starred with her mother in Father Figures, where she plays a younger version of Close’s character, as she did in The Wife.
Close can’t stop fawning over her beautiful daughter. In an interview with Glamour, she stated, “Well, I’m a mother, so I’m proud of my daughter, most of all. I’m proud that she’s a terrific human being.” “I’m proud that she’s fiercer than I am,” she continued. She’s the person that I call probably the most to get her opinion about something, because she’ll have a perspective that I know I don’t have, and I need that perspective.”
There is a palpable mutual love.
Annie uploaded a vintage photo of her mother with Michael Douglas and Eddie Murphy on Close’s birthday, captioning it, “Happy birthday Queen!!! You legend!!! We love you!!!”
And in January 2019, before the 91st Academy Awards, for which Close was nominated for The Wife, Annie posted a photo of the two with the caption, “You deserve EVERY goddamn award in existence… but especially THIS ONE.” CONGRATULATIONS”
Close was defeated by Olivia Coleman’s performance in The Favourite that year.
The actress received her eighth Academy Award nomination for her role as Amy Adams’ mother in Hillbilly Elegy (2020).
It’s not surprising that Close, who played the vengeful bunny boiler in 1987, looks older after appearing on screen or stage for more than 40 years.
Though she confesses that sometimes it’s hard to not play into Hollywood’s beauty game, she says, “I’ve always felt that my body is not really who I am. We have this house, if you will, that we gaze out of during our whole life, and it’s not who you are. It made me think about it since I’m 75 and I look out at the world with the vigour of someone in their twenties. That is who I am.”
She says, “But I look at my arm in the morning at a certain light and I go, ‘Ah! Are you kidding me? Whose arm is this? Are you kidding?’ And it’s like, Okay, I see; it’s happening. So I’m trying to get to the point where I simply embrace my—what do they call it? Creepy skin?” She explains that she works hard every day to find beauty in her ageing skin.
“Is there a beauty in it? I imagine it to resemble the sand after the tide has gone out. We’ve been brainwashed about skin. Certainly, in terms of women’s skin. The texture of your skin, and the warm, the hard, smooth bodies against the ones that are fighting to get a waist again. It’s actually fascinating to me, because as our house ages, we should get more and more interesting and interested. And yet you have this public façade.”
Her façade is one of grace and enormous talents.
In addition to her parts in commercially successful films, Close is still stretching herself. In a career first, she appears in a foreign language series, where she wears a habib and speaks fluent Farsi in the second season of Tehran, the acclaimed Apple+ thriller.
“I studied for about two months,” she said. “I had three lessons a day. I declared to everyone, ‘I want to speak Farsi that will astonish Farsi speakers.’ As a result, we worked extremely hard.”