1. Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She has won three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards and received six Academy Award nominations.
2. Close began her professional stage career in 1974 in Love for Love, and was mostly a New York stage actress through the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, appearing in both plays and musicals, including the Broadway productions of Barnum in 1980 and The Real Thing in 1983, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
3. Her first film role was in The World According to Garp ; all three earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
4. She would later receive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Fatal Attraction .
5. In the 1990s, she won two more Tony Awards, for Death and the Maiden in 1992 and Sunset Boulevard in 1995, while she won her first Emmy Award for the 1995 TV film Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story.
6. Close starred as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 2003 TV film The Lion in Winter, winning a Golden Globe Award.
7. Then from 2007 to 2012, she starred as Patty Hewes in the FX drama series Damages, a role that won her a Golden Globe and two Emmys.
8. Close is a six-time Academy Award nominee, tying the record for being the actress with the most nominations never to have won .
9. She has also won an Obie award and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and a BAFTA.
10. Close is also a second cousin once-removed of actress Brooke Shields .
11. Close has stated that the family “struggled to survive the pressures of a culture that dictated everything about how we lived our lives.”
12. Close traveled for several years in the mid-to-late 1960s with an MRA singing group called Up With People, and attended Rosemary Hall , diplômé en 1965.
13. When she was 22, Close broke away from MRA, attending the College of William & Mary, and double majoring in theatre and anthropology.
14. During her years at school in Williamsburg she also starred in the summer-time outdoor drama, “The Common Glory,” written by Pulitzer Prize author Paul Green. Through the years she has returned to W&M to lecture and visit the theatre department.
15. Dans 1989 she was the commencement speaker at W&M and received an honorary doctor of arts degree.