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Glenne Headly
Born Glenne Aimee Headly
March 13, 1955 (1955-03-13) (age 54)
New London, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) John Malkovich (1982–1990) (divorced)
Byron McCulloch
(1993-present) 1 child

Glenne Aimee Headly[1] (born March 13, 1955) is an American actress of film, stage and television.


Life and career

Early life

Glenne Headly was born in New London, Connecticut. As a very young child she lived in San Francisco with her mother and then spent a couple of years under the care of her maternal grandmother in a small town in Pennsylvania. In the second grade she again joined her mother who now lived in Greenwich Village, New York City and grew up having a rich cultural life. She attended many plays and dance recitals and studied ballet at the Robert Joffrey school of ballet and modern dance at Martha Graham Studios. She attended public schools such as the progressive primary school, P.S. 41, where she was placed in an IGC class ( for intellectualy gifted children ) and where her fifth grade teacher introduced her to the work of Jacques Cousteau in an oceanography class which spawned a lifelong interest in preserving the natural world. She went on to the High School of Performing Arts, majoring in drama and graduated with honors. Rather than continuing to study drama in college, she opted to spend her freshman year at a small American College in Switzerland to learn about subjects outside of the dramatic arts. This proved to be an inspirational place for her and she stayed on, holding several small scholarships and was able to graduate in the winter of her senior year, majoring in English and American Literature and Art History. Her "working" scholarships were delivering student mail and partnering with one of her professors, to put on one play per quarter for which students would receive credit; she also received a scholarship for academic excellence. Following graduation, she went to live and work in San Francisco, New York and finally Chicago, taking day jobs as a waitress or restaurant hostess so that she could work nights in the theatre for little or no salary. In Chicago, she joined a New Works Ensemble at the St. Nicholas Theatre and eventually met up with the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble which is how her career as an actress really began.


Early career

Appearing on the Chicago stage in a production of "Curse of the Starving Class" for the Goodman Theatre, directed by Robert Falls, Ms. Headly was asked to join the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, who were looking to expand their group. She appeared in several productions with them, including, Waiting for Lefty", "Absent Friends", "Savages", "Loose Ends", "Balm in Gilead", "The Coarse Acting Shows", "Born Yesterday" and "House"". She also appeared in Robert Falls production of "Mother Courage and Her Children" at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre. In Chicago, she was nominated for five Joseph Jefferson awards and won three for best supporting actress. She received her Actor's Equity card when cast by Vivian Matalon in a summer theatre production of "Charley's Aunt" and joined SAG, when Arthur Penn wrote a role for her in the film, Four Friends.

In 1982 she married fellow ensemble member John Malkovich and moved with him to New York City. Soon after, she was cast to replace Ellen Barkin in "Extremities" with Susan Sarandon off broadway. She then was cast in "The Philanthropist", also off broadway and won a Theatre World Award for best newcomer. In New York, she appeared in "Balm in Gilead" with her fellow Steppenwolf theatre ensemble members and Arms and the Man on Broadway with Kevin Kline and Raul Julia

Initial success

She got several supporting roles in films like "Making Mr. Right", "Seize the Day" and "Nadine" but it was her role in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" opposite Steve Martin and Michael Caine that launched her future career. She was then cast by Warren Beatty to appear opposite him as Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy . She went on to star opposite Demi Moore and Bruce Willis in "Mortal Thoughts" It was a time of many changes for her and in 1990 she also divorced her husband. In 1992, she went to Canada to work on a small Canadian film called "Ganesh" with Ryan Reynolds and on the first day of filming met her future husband, whom she married in 1993.

Movie, Television & Stage Career

She went on to appear in Mr. Holland's Opus, 'Sgt. Bilko , "What's The Worst That Could Happen?", "Breakfast of Champions", "Around the Bend" , "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen", "2 Days in the Valley", "Comeback Season" and others.

She appeared in the television movies, "Winchell", "Pronto", "My Own Country" & "Women Vs. Men" and was nominated for two Emmy Awards, for best supporting actress in a television movie for both Lonesome Dove (1989) and Bastard Out of Carolina (1996). She appeared as Julie Andrews' and Christopher Plummers' daughter in the live telecast of the play "On Golden Pond" for CBS. She was cast in the series Encore! Encore! , starring Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright, from 1998–1999. and had a recurring roles as Dr. Abby Keaton on ER from 1996–1997. and Monk from 2003–2004 and She guest-starred in Grey's Anatomy on January 10, 2008.

Headly was an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1979 – 2005; although she never returned to Chicago to do a play after the late 1980's, believing that such a move would uproot and be disruptive to her family. She took a break from the stage altogether for ten years until 1999 when she starred on the London stage opposite Miranda Richardson in "Aunt Dan & Lemon". Two years later, she starred in "Detachments" in Los Angeles and in 2003, starred opposite David Hyde Pierce in The Guys as part of a revolving cast at The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles. She appeared in a one woman play called "My Brilliant Divorce" in Galway, Ireland in 2003.


She is a member of Mensa[2] and speaks French.

She has been an avid environmentalist since she was a teenager and has been a member of many environmental groups for over 20 years. She bought a fully electric vehicle, the Toyota RAV4EV in 2003 and rebuilt her house in "green" in 2004.

She and her family sponsor children through both World Vision and Plan

She loves being a mother and enjoys participating in school activities and making school crafts. She schedules work around school breaks to be an active part of her child's life.



  1. ^ Glenne Headly Biography (1955?-)
  2. ^ Template:Cite web/work=America Mensa

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