Glenne Headly

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Glenne Headly
BornGlenne Aimee Headly
(1955-03-13) March 13, 1955 (age 59)
New London, Connecticut, U.S.
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)John Malkovich (1982–1988; divorced)
Byron McCulloch (1993–present; 1 child)
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Glenne Headly
BornGlenne Aimee Headly
(1955-03-13) March 13, 1955 (age 59)
New London, Connecticut, U.S.
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)John Malkovich (1982–1988; divorced)
Byron McCulloch (1993–present; 1 child)

Glenne Aimee Headly[1] (born March 13, 1955) is an American film, stage and television actress. She has received Theatre World Award, Drama Desk, and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.[2]

Early life[edit]

Headly was born in New London, Connecticut. Her first years were spent living under the care of her mother in San Francisco and her maternal grandmother in Pennsylvania. Early in her elementary school years, she joined her mother, who was then living in Greenwich Village, New York City, and grew up having a rich cultural life. She studied ballet at the Robert Joffrey school of ballet and modern dance at the Martha Graham Studios. In New York, she attended public schools, including P.S. 41, where she was placed in an IGC class for intellectually gifted children. It was here that a fifth grade teacher introduced her to the work of Jacques Cousteau in an oceanography class, spawning a lifelong interest for her in preserving the natural world. She later went on to the High School of Performing Arts, majoring in drama and graduated with honors.[citation needed]

Rather than continuing to study the dramatic arts. she attended a small American college in Switzerland from which she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree [3] Soon after, she moved to New York, taking day jobs as a waitress who would complete additional tasks at an added cost, all so that she could work nights in the theatre for little or no salary. Later she moved to Chicago, where she joined the "New Works Ensemble" at the St. Nicholas Theatre and was eventually cast in a Goodman Theatre production of Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Robert Falls and co-starring John Malkovich.

While appearing on the Chicago stage in Curse of the Starving Class, Headly was asked to join the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, who were looking to expand their group.[3] She also appeared in several other productions. In Chicago, she was nominated for five Joseph Jefferson awards and won three for best supporting actress. She received her Actors' Equity card when cast by Vivian Matalon in a summer theatre production of Charley's Aunt and joined SAG when Arthur Penn wrote a breakout role for her in the film Four Friends.[4]

Film and television career[edit]

In 1982 Headly 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.

Headly got several supporting roles in such films as Making Mr. Right, Paperhouse, 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. Her next appearance in a film was to star opposite Demi Moore and Bruce Willis in Mortal Thoughts, directed by Alan Rudolph. It was a time of many changes for her, and in 1990 she divorced Malkovich.

In 1992, she went to Canada to work on a small Canadian film called Ordinary Magic with Ryan Reynolds and on the first day of filming, met her future husband Byron McCulloch, whom she married on August 25 of 1993.[citation needed] 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, 2 Days in the Valley, Comeback Season and others.

Recent work[edit]

Headly appeared in the television movies Winchell, And the Band Played On, Pronto, My Own Country and 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 Plummer's daughter in the 2001 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 recurring roles as Dr. Abby Keaton on ER from 1996–1997 and as Leland Stottlemeyer's wife, Karen on Monk from 2003–2004. In 2004, she played the mother of Lindsay Lohan's character in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

Headly was an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1979 until 2005, although she never returned to Chicago to do a play after the late 1980s, 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 also appeared in Malkovich's production of Shaw's "Arms and the Man," with Kevin Kline at New York City's Circle in the Square Uptown.



1981Four FriendsLola
1986Seize the DayOlive
1987Making Mr. RightTrish
1987NadineRenée Lomax
1988Stars and BarsCora Gage
1988PaperhouseKate Madden
1988Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsJanet ColgateChicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
1990Dick TracyTess Trueheart
1991Mortal ThoughtsJoyce UrbanskiNominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991Grand IsleAdele Ratignolle
1993Ordinary MagicCharlotte
1994Getting Even with DadTheresa
1995Mr. Holland's OpusIris Holland
1996Sgt. BilkoRita Robbins
1996Bastard Out of CarolinaAunt RuthNominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
19962 Days in the ValleySusan Parish
1998Babe: Pig in the CityZootieVoice
1999Breakfast of ChampionFrancine Pefko
2001What's the Worst That Could Happen?Gloria Sidell
2004Confessions of a Teenage Drama QueenKaren
2004Around the BendKatrina
2005Amateurs, TheThe AmateursHelen Tatelbaum
2006Comeback SeasonDeborah Pearce
2006Namesake, TheThe NamesakeLydia
2006Raising FlaggAnne Marie Purdy
2009Joneses, TheThe JonesesSummer Symonds
2013Don JonAngela
2015Dial a PrayerMaryFilming


1989Lonesome DoveElmira Boot JohnsonTV miniseries
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1993Hotel RoomDarleneEpisode: "Tricks"
1993And on the Band Played OnDr. Mary GuinanTV film
1995FrasierGretchen (voice)Episode: "An Affair to Forget"
1996-1997ERDr. Abby KeatonRecurring role (9 episodes)
1997ProntoJoyce PattonTV film
1998My Own CountryVickie TalleyTV film
1998WinchellDallas WayneTV film
1998-1999Encore! Encore!Francesca PinoniMain role (12 episodes)
1999Darkest Day, TheThe Darkest DayCaitlinTV film
2000Sandy Bottom Orchestra, TheThe Sandy Bottom OrchestraIngrid GreenTV film
2001Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveRenee CharnquistEpisode: "New Orleans Saints"
2001Girl Thing, AA Girl ThingHelen McCormackTV film
2001On Golden PondChelsea Thayer WayneTV film
2002RugratsDr. Cathy (voice)Episode: "The Doctor Is In"
2002Women vs. MenBritaTV film
2003MonkKaren StottlemeyerEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man"
2004MonkKaren StottlemeyerEpisodes: "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife", "Mr. Monk Gets Fired"
2004Guardian, TheThe GuardianAnne JoplinEpisode: "Beautiful Blue Mystic"
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAttorney Simone BryceEpisode: "Intoxicated"
2006MonkKaren StottlemeyerEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage"
2008Grey's AnatomyElizabeth ArcherEpisode: "Lay Your Hands on Me"
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationViviana ConwayEpisode: "The Happy Place"
2012PsychGrace LarsenEpisode: "Autopsy Turvy"
2012Pound PuppiesMiss Petunia (voice)Episode: "Pound Preemies"
2012Parks and RecreationJulia WyattEpisode: "Ben's Parents"
2013League, TheThe LeagueGloriaEpisode: "The Von Nowzick Wedding"


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