Glenne Headly Biography

Glenne Headly was an award-winning American stage, TV, and film actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: March 13, 1955

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Died At Age: 62

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Glenne Aimee Headly

Born in: New London, Connecticut, USA

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Byron McCulloch (m. 1993 – her death. 2017), John Malkovich (m. 1982 – div. 1988)

mother: Joan Ida Sniscak

children: Stirling McCulloch

Died on: June 8, 2017

place of death: Santa Monica, California, United States

Cause of Death: Deep Vein Thrombosis

: Complications From A Pulmonary Embolism

Notable Alumni: American College Of Switzerland

U.S. State: California, Connecticut

City: Santa Barbara, California

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education: American College of Switzerland

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Glenne Aimee Headly was an American actor widely applauded for her versatile roles in theater and in films such as ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ ‘Dick Tracy,’ and ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus.’ The two-time ‘Emmy’-nominated actor also portrayed roles in TV projects of various genres, ranging from comedy to drama. She was captivated with the preservation of nature as a result of the oceanography classes she attended at an early age. She was also a ballet and modern dancer as a child. Her relentless attitude helped her attain the life she wished to achieve. Following her death, ‘Hulu,’ an entertainment company and producer of ‘Future Man’ (which starred Glenne) stated, “Glenne was a tremendous talent, and an even more extraordinary person.” The channel decided not to recast her role in the series that was being filmed at the time of her death. She regarded her family as the most important thing in her life. Her friend Susan Berman described her as someone who was incredibly smart, principled, and independent.

Childhood & Early Life
  • She relocated to Chicago to build a career in the entertainment industry. In the late 1970s, she got the opportunity to be part of the ‘Steppenwolf Theatre Company’ after being praised in ‘Curse of Starving Class.’ While she experimented with theater, she met fellow actor John Malkovich (future husband) and also worked with actors Gary Sinise and Laurie Metcalf. Her stint with theater in Chicago lasted 6 years. She appeared in the plays ‘Goodnight Gracie’, ‘Mother Courage,’ ‘The Miss Firecracker Contest,’ and ‘Coyote Ugly.’
  • She won four ‘Joseph Jefferson’ awards for her stellar performances. The John Malkovich-directed play ‘Arms & the Man’ (1985) was her ‘Broadway’ debut. Her role in the play was widely praised.
  • She stepped into Hollywood with the 1981 comedy–drama film ‘Four Friends.’ She then appeared in supporting roles in ‘Nadine’ (1987), ‘Making Mr. Right’ (1987), and ‘Paperhouse’ (1988).
  • In 1988, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ made her a well-known public figure. She starred in the movie with Michael Caine and Steve Martin and played a smart victim named ‘Janet Colgate.’ Her role in the film earned her the ‘Chicago Film Critics Association Award’ for the ‘Most Promising Actress.’
  • She appeared as ‘Tess Trueheart’ in the comic parody ‘Dick Tracy (1990).’ She then appeared as ‘Joyce Urbanski’ in ‘Mortal Thoughts’ (1991), opposite Bruce Willis; as ‘Francine Pefkoin’ in ‘Breakfast of Champions’ (1991); as ‘Iris Holland’ in ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ (1995); as ‘Gloria Sidell’ in ‘What’s the Worst That Could Happen?’ (2001)’; and as ‘Karen,’ Lindsay Lohan’s mother, in the movie ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’ (2004).
  • In 2017, she appeared in ‘The Circle’ alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. She also appeared as ‘Margarite’ in ‘Just Getting Started,’ opposite Morgan Freeman, which was her last movie role before she passed away.
  • One of her most memorable TV roles was that of ‘Elmira Boot Johnson,’ opposite Robert Duvall (of ‘The Godfather’ fame), in ‘Lonesome Dove’ (1989), for which she received a ‘Primetime Emmy’ nomination for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.’ She earned another ‘Emmy’ nomination later, for her performance as ‘Aunt Ruth’ in ‘Bastard out of Carolina.’
  • Between 1989 and 2017, Glenne appeared in ‘ER’ (1996–1997), ‘Encore! Encore!’ (1998–1999), ‘On Golden Pond’ (2001), ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (2008), ‘C.S.I’ (2008), and ‘The Night Of’ (2016).
  • Her performance as the mother of Josh Hutcherson in the comedy web series ‘Future Man (2017),’ directed by Seth Rogen, was her final TV appearance.
Major Works
  • Some of her major film roles were for the movies ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ (1988), ‘Dick Tracy’ (1990), ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ (1995), and ‘The Circle’ (2017). She also earned accolades for her roles in the plays 'The Philanthropist,’ ‘Extremities’ (‘off-Broadway’), and ‘Charley’s Aunt.’
Family & Personal Life
  • Glenne Headley married John Malkovich on August 2, 1982. They divorced in 1988, following Malkovich’s affair with Michelle Pfeiffer while filming ‘Dangerous Liaisons.’
  • Following this, Glenne met musician Byron McCulloch while filming for ‘Ordinary Magic’ (1993) and married him in 1993. They had a son, Stirling (born in 1997). They remained together until her death.
  • Glenne died on June 8, 2017, in Santa Monica, California, following complications caused by pulmonary embolism. She was 62 years old at the time of her death.
  • She spoke French and had full knowledge of the American Sign Language (ASL). She was also a member of ‘Mensa,’ a global high IQ society.

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