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Overview (4)

Born in New London, Connecticut, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (complications from pulmonary embolism)
Birth NameGlenne Aimee Headly
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

For the past fourteen years, she has said that family has been the most important thing to her and she has set most of her time aside to be a "present" mother to her son. Movies, plays and television are chosen, for the most part, when they occur in town or on a school break. She has taken the current year to homeschool her son for his seventh grade. But it wasn't always this way. She was raised in New York City and wanted to be an actress from the time she was a child, graduating with acting honors from the High School of Performing Arts. She chose to opt out of studying acting in college and attended a small college in Europe, majoring in art history and literature, knowing that acting would take up a great deal of her life and that her college years would be her only real time to learn about something else. Upon graduation, she returned to New York City but a chance trip to Chicago inspired her to move there and become a part of its budding theatre community. It was in a production of "Curse of The Starving Class", directed by Robert Falls and co-starring John Malkovich, that she was first seen by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and, subsequently, asked to join their troupe. She did and learned what it really was to be an actress on her feet, performing in all kinds of roles in both comedy and drama. During this time, she won four Joseph Jefferson awards for best supporting actress.

With a return move to New York, she received a Theatre World Award for "best newcomer" for her role in "the Philanthropist" at the Manhattan Theatre Club and appeared in "Extremities" with Susan Sarandon. This was followed by her appearance in the very successful Steppenwolf production in New York of "Balm in Gilead". She then starred on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline and Raul Julia in "Arms & the Man", directed by John Malkovich, her husband at the time. She was cast in several smaller films including Nadine (1987), Making Mr. Right (1987) and Paperhouse (1988) as well as Lonesome Dove (1989) for television for which she received her first of two Emmy nominations for best supporting actress. But her breakout film performance was in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), in which she played the cunning "victim", who gets the best of con artists Michael Caine and Steve Martin. This led to her being cast in the blockbuster comic strip parody, Dick Tracy (1990), in which she portrayed the girlfriend, "Tess Trueheart", to Warren Beatty's lead.

She went on to appear in the films Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Mortal Thoughts (1991) opposite Demi Moore, 2 Days in the Valley (1996), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Breakfast of Champions (1999), Around the Bend (2004) and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004).

On television, she had a recurring part on ER (1994) and Monk (2002) and was in the short-lived sit-com Encore! Encore! (1998) with Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright. She was in the live theatrical presentation of "On Golden Pond" as the troubled daughter of Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews and also appeared in the telefilms Women vs. Men (2002), My Own Country (1998) and Pronto (1997), among others. She received her second Emmy nomination for best supporting actress for Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), directed by Anjelica Huston.

Her most recent appearances were in the films The Amateurs (2005) (aka "The Amateurs"), The Namesake (2006), Comeback Season (2006), Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) and The Joneses (2009).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Trujillo

Spouse (2)

Byron McCulloch (25 August 1993 - 8 June 2017) ( her death) ( 1 child)
John Malkovich (2 August 1982 - 1988) ( divorced)

Trivia (10)

Starred opposite David Hyde Pierce in the play, "The Guys". David Hyde Pierce played a fire chief attempting to write the obituaries for his men lost in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Headly played his editor. Originally performed in New York in December 2001, the West Coast version premiered in July 2002 with Helen Hunt and Tim Robbins and has had a revolving cast ever since. The Actor's Gang, the acting group that produced the play, is located in a small theatre called Ivy Substation located at the intersection of Venice and Culver Boulevards in Culver City.
She studied ASL (American Sign Language) for her role in the movie Mr. Holland's Opus (1995).
She is a member of MENSA.
Speaks French.
Was an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1979 - 2005.
Has a B.A. from the American College of Switzerland.
Her first husband John Malkovich had an affair while filming Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with Michelle Pfeiffer which broke up her marriage.
Had one child, a son Stirling McCulloch (b. 1997), with her husband Byron McCulloch.
Glenne and Bill Paxton played the parents of Emma Watson's character in The Circle (2017). The film was released in April 2017. Bill died in February of that year, about two months before the film's release, and Glenne died in June of that year, less than two months after. Glenne has one more credit, Just Getting Started (2017), while The Circle was Bill's final film.
The entire first season of Future Man (2017) was dedicated to her memory.

Personal Quotes (13)

I went to the library and found lots of material about this time, about the Freedom March and what was going on down there in 1964.
My son is 14, and I only have this time with him. True, it's not like before when I couldn't explain to a little boy why I can't read him his bedtime story six nights a week. And he's even said to me, 'Mom, if you want to do a show somewhere, you should go.'
I think a lot of good actors - for instance, Gary Sinise - have no training. His training was really entirely on his feet. I suppose you have to have an instinct for it.
Rhythm and timing are so important in comedic acting.
I had gone to the High School of the Performing Arts in New York City.
To me, a lot of what makes a good actor is not what a teacher tells you to do but how you respond when you're on your own.
Once we were a part of Equity, we were able to get a salary, and then because we were employing ourselves, we just made sure we were always working. We put in hours to get subscribers. We used to do little shows at rich peoples' houses to get them to give us money.
When I left high school - I was younger than my classmates, just 17 - I knew I wanted to be an actress, but I thought, 'When I go to college, I'd rather study something else.'
Theatre requires devotion that is all-consuming. When we started out, we didn't mind working 12 hours a day. We didn't mind going endlessly over and over a scene to make it right. I was the company's costumer for the first few years, and I remember the budget for 'Balm in Gilead' was $150.
Scene study is isolated. I suppose it's interesting, but I don't think it really teaches you about a throughline. A throughline is something you feel when you do one scene followed by another followed by another.
I was shocked when I would read a newspaper from that time, and the Freedom March wasn't even mentioned.
We are not living up to Thomas Jefferson's idea of what a trial by jury means.
I hope people think about the way trials go today, with the justice system overwhelmed by cases.

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