Annie Starke is an American actor. She is the daughter of award-winning actor Glenn Close. A 'Hamilton College' alumna, Annie rose to prominence after she played the younger version of her mother’s character in the 'Academy Award'-nominated film 'The Wife.' She played a similar character in 'Father Figures.' Annie has been raised mostly in and around New York and now lives in Studio City, California. Like her mother, her interest in acting was triggered by 'Disney' films. Annie has also worked in a theater production. She is ready for her upcoming 'Netflix' release. Annie is married to management consultant Marc Albu.
Childhood & Early Life
Annie was born Annie Maude Starke, on April 26, 1988, in Connecticut, US, and was raised in Bedford, New York. She is the only child of 7-time 'Academy Award' nominee Glenn Close and businessman John Starke.
Annie is a major in history of art from 'Hamilton College' in New York. She is an equestrian, and at the age of 15, she won the 'Children's Modified Jumper Championship' competition at the 32nd 'Winter Equestrian Festival' in Florida.
As the daughter of an award-winning actor, Annie grew amidst the entertainment industry. She was a few weeks old when she visited a film set for the first time. It was the set of 'Dangerous Liaisons,' starring Glenn. The film was shot in France. Even in school, she would often visit her mother at film sets. At around 7, Annie visited the set of 'Disney’s live-action movie '101 Dalmatians.’ The experience led her to develop an interest in acting.
Annie quit horseback riding after she chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become an actor instead.
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Annie began her career as an actor with a brief role in the 2001 'ABC' TV movie 'South Pacific,' which was based on the 1949 musical of the same name. The film starred her mother. After a decade, Annie returned to acting and was featured in the 2011 British–Irish drama film 'Albert Nobbs,' co-produced by Glenn.
Annie made her New York stage debut with the 2009 original ‘off-Broadway’ production 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore.' The play featured her with actor and singer Rumer Willis of 'Dancing with the Stars' fame.
Annie’s next acting project came in 2016. She was cast as ‘Madeline Green’ in the drama film 'We Don't Belong Here' (originally titled 'The Greens Are Gone'). The following year, she grew as an actor with 'The Wife,' the drama film based on Meg Wolitzer’s provocative 2003 novel of the same name.
The director of ‘The Wife,’ Björn Runge, was in search of an actor who would fit the role of the younger version of Glenn’s character, ‘Joan Castleman.’ He wanted someone who could match the character, both in terms of looks and voice. Runge shared his concern with Glenn, and she suggested Annie’s name. She was called for the audition and after three screen tests and an hour-long discussion, Annie was finally signed for the role.
Even though Annie did not have any scene together with her mother in 'The Wife,' she was accompanied by Glenn on the sets. Annie was cast opposite Harry Lloyd, who played the younger version of Jonathan Pryce’s character, ‘Joseph Castleman.’
Annie also played the younger version of her mother’s character, ‘Helen Baxter,’ in the 2017 comedy ‘Father Figures' (renamed 'Who's Your Daddy?' in the UK). She has been roped in for a recurring role (spanning nine episodes) in the upcoming 'Netflix' series 'Ratched,' based on Ken Kesey’s novel 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.'
Family & Personal Life
Annie is married to money manager and management consultant Marc Albu. The two had dated for a while before walking the aisle. The wedding ceremony was hosted in June 2018 at her mother’s multi-million estate in Bedford, New York. Environmental attorney, author, and activist Robert F Kennedy, Jr., is Annie’s godfather. His daughter, Kick Kennedy, was one of Annie’s bridesmaids.
Annie and Marc got engaged on August 19, 2016, at her father's home in Brookhaven, New York. She chose her grandfather's beloved boat, ‘the Zula,’ for the occasion.
Annie loves to sketch in her free time. She considers it a therapy that helps her to unwind. She once sketched the 'The Flintstones’ lead character, ‘Fred Flintstone.’ She is a huge fan of filmmaker and comedian Judd Apatow.
Like her mother, Annie is an ardent animal lover. She owns a yellow English Labrador named Big. The mother–daughter duo often takes part in the prison-training program by 'Puppies Behind Bars.' Annie has always adored canines. Growing up, she would often be surrounded by puppies.
Even though Glenn and Annie's biological father are now separated, she is still in touch with him. Annie regards him as her hero. She once revealed that her father was initially apprehensive about her choice of profession. Nevertheless, he eventually came to terms with Annie’s decision and is now proud of her achievements.