Glenne Headly Biography

Birthday: 1955-03-13
Place of Birth: New London, Connecticut
Height: 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Wiki Biography: Glenne Headly has been called "a virtuouso performer...who holds the stage with significant force.." (The Irish Times); "one terrific comedienne who has the placid beauty of a Renaissance Madonna" (New York Times); "mesmerizing,..brilliantly reducing the audience to stunned silence" (The Daily Telegraph); and "a riveting actress.." (Evening Standard) and "..though her dramatic chops are half the reason she excels in comedy; in pure comic terms, Headly's an anti-diva. She is no maximalist. She's Count Basie...an idiosyncratic combination ...a stealth performer, whatever the material..." (Los Angeles Times); Warren Beatty said "...she is as witty an actress as we have...she has backbone, she has a real strength of integrity that is uniquely put together....She bears the name "Tess Truehart" beautifully....she's priceless" (The Register). And yet, she has remained relatively under the radar. For the past fourteen years, she has said that family has been the most important thing to her and she has set most of her time aside to be a "present" mother to her son. Movies, plays and television are chosen, for the most part, when they occur in town or on a school break. She has taken the current year to homeschool her son for his seventh grade. But it wasn't always this way. She was raised in New York City and wanted to be an actress from the time she was a child, graduating with acting honors from the High School of Performing Arts. She chose to opt out of studying acting in college and attended a small college in Europe, majoring in art history and literature, knowing that acting would take up a great deal of her life and that her college years would be her only real time to learn about something else. Upon graduation, she returned to New York City but a chance trip to Chicago inspired her to move there and become a part of its budding theatre community. It was in a production of "Curse of The Starving Class", directed by Robert Falls and co-starring John Malkovich, that she was first seen by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and, subsequently, asked to join their troupe. She did and learned what it really was to be an actress on her feet, performing in all kinds of roles in both comedy and drama. During this time, she won four Joseph Jefferson awards for best supporting actress. With a return move to New York, she received a Theatre World Award for "best newcomer" for her role in "the Philanthropist" at the Manhattan Theatre Club and appeared in "Extremities" with Susan Sarandon. This was followed by her appearance in the very successful Steppenwolf production in New York of "Balm in Gilead". She then starred on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline and Raul Julia in "Arms & the Man", directed by John Malkovich, her husband at the time. She was cast in several smaller films including Nadine (1987), Making Mr. Right (1987) and Paperhouse (1988) as well as "Lonesome Dove" (1989) for television for which she received her first of two Emmy nominations for best supporting actress. But her breakout film performance was in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), in which she played the cunning "victim", who gets the best of con artists Michael Caine and Steve Martin. This led to her being cast in the blockbuster comic strip parody, Dick Tracy (1990), in which she portrayed the girlfriend, "Tess Trueheart", to Warren Beatty's lead. She went on to appear in the films Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Mortal Thoughts (1991) opposite Demi Moore, 2 Days in the Valley (1996), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Breakfast of Champions (1999), Around the Bend (2004) and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004). On television, she had a recurring part on "ER" (1994) and "Monk" (2002) and was in the short-lived sit-com "Encore! Encore!" (1998) with Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright. She was in the live theatrical presentation of "On Golden Pond" as the troubled daughter of Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews and also appeared in the telefilms Women vs. Men (2002) (TV), My Own Country (1998) (TV) and Pronto (1997) (TV), among others. She received her second Emmy nomination for best supporting actress for Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), directed by Anjelica Huston. Her most recent appearances were in the films The Amateurs (2005) (aka "The Amateurs"), The Namesake (2006), Comeback Season (2006), Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) and The Joneses (2009).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Encore! Encore! Francesca Pinoni 1998 - 1999
The Amateurs Helen Tatelbaum 2011 Action
Making Mr. Right Trish 2013 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Fandango 1985 Comedy
Seize the Day Olive 1986 Drama
Making Mr. Right 1987 Comedy, Romance, Sci Fi
Nadine 1987 Comedy
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Janet Colgate 1988 Comedy
Paperhouse 1988 0, Reality Tv
Stars and Bars Cora Gage 1988 Comedy, Action, Romance
Dick Tracy Tess Trueheart 1990 Game Show, Comedy, 0, 0
Mortal Thoughts 1991 Game Show
Grand Isle Adele Ratignolle 1991 Drama
Ordinary Magic 1993
And the Band Played On Dr. Mary Guinan 1993
Getting Even with Dad 1994 Comedy, Crime, Family
Mr. Holland's Opus Iris Holland 1995 0, 0
2 Days in the Valley 1996 0, Comedy
Sgt. Bilko Rita Robbins 1996
Bastard Out of Carolina 1996 Drama
Babe: Pig in the City 1998 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Breakfast of Champions 1999 Comedy
Timecode 2000
Bartleby Vivian 2001
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Gloria 2001 0, 0
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Karen 2004 0, 0
Around the Bend 2004 0
Eulogy 2005 Comedy, Drama
Raising Flagg Ann Marie Purdy 2006 0
The Amateurs Helen Tatelbaum 2006 Comedy
Comeback Season Deborah Pearce 2006 Comedy, Romance
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 0, 0
Don Jon Angela 2013 Comedy
Dial a Prayer Mary 2015 Comedy, Drama