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Glenne Aimee Headly (March 13, 1955 – June 8, 2017) was an American actress widely known for her roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, and Mr. Holland's Opus.

Glenne Headly
Glenne Headly at the Geffen Playhouse, 2016 (cropped).jpg
Headly in a production of Stage Kiss in 2016
Born Glenne Aimee Headly
(1955-03-13)March 13, 1955
New London, Connecticut, U.S.
Died June 8, 2017(2017-06-08) (aged 62)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Complications from a pulmonary embolism
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–2017
Spouse(s)
Children 1

Headly received a Theatre World Award and four Joseph Jefferson Awards and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.[1] In 2017, she and Ed Begley Jr. were tapped for lead roles with Josh Hutcherson in Future Man, Hulu's half-hour comedy television series produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Headly died on June 8, 2017 during filming of the series.

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BackgroundEdit

Headly was born on March 13, 1955 in New London, Connecticut.[2] Her first years were spent living under the care of her mother, Joan Ida (Sniscak),[3] in San Francisco, and her maternal grandmother in Lansford, Pennsylvania. Early in her elementary school years, she joined her mother, who was then living in Greenwich Village, 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 a class for intellectually gifted children. There, a fifth-grade teacher introduced her to the work of Jacques Cousteau in an oceanography class, inspiring a lifelong interest in preserving the natural world. She later went on to the High School of Performing Arts, majoring in drama and graduating with honors.[4]

Rather than continuing to study the dramatic arts, she attended American College of Switzerland, a small college in Leysin from which she graduated with a bachelor's degree.[5] Soon after, she moved to New York, taking day jobs as a waitress so that she could work nights in the theater for little or no salary.[6] Later, she moved to Chicago,[6] where she joined the New Works Ensemble at the St. Nicholas Theatre. She was eventually cast in a Goodman Theatre production of Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Robert Falls and co-starring John Malkovich.[7]

Film and television careerEdit

While appearing on the Chicago stage in Curse of the Starving Class, Headly was asked to join the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, which was looking to expand.[5] 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.[8]

On August 2, 1982, Headly married fellow ensemble member John Malkovich.[4] 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.[4] In New York, she appeared in Balm in Gilead with her fellow Steppenwolf Theatre members,[9] and in Arms and the Man, on Broadway, with Kevin Kline and Raul Julia.[10]

1988–1995: Early workEdit

Headly played several supporting roles in such films as Making Mr. Right, Paperhouse, Seize the Day and Nadine, but her role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), opposite Steve Martin and Michael Caine, truly launched her film career. In 1988, Headly was named Most Promising New Actress by the Chicago Film Critics Association.[11]

She was then cast by Warren Beatty to appear opposite him as Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy. She next starred opposite Demi Moore and Bruce Willis in Mortal Thoughts, directed by Alan Rudolph. In 1988, she divorced Malkovich after he had an affair with Michelle Pfeiffer during the filming of Dangerous Liaisons.[12][13][14] In 1992, she went to Canada to work on a small Canadian film called Ordinary Magic, and on the first day of filming, met her future husband Byron McCulloch, whom she married in 1993.[15] She also co-starred with Ted Danson and Macaulay Culkin in the 1994 comedy Getting Even with Dad.[16]

1995–2004Edit

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, and others.[17]

Headly appeared in the television movies Winchell, And the Band Played On, Pronto, My Own Country, and Women Vs. Men,[17] 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).[18] She appeared as Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer's daughter in the 2001 live telecast of the play On Golden Pond for CBS.[19] She was cast in the series Encore! Encore!, starring Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright, from 1998–1999,[20] and had recurring roles as Dr. Abby Keaton on ER from 1996–1997[21] and as Leland Stottlemeyer's wife, Karen, on Monk.[22]

2004–2017Edit

In 2004 she played the mother of Lindsay Lohan's character in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.[23] Her recent appearances include the films The Amateurs (2005), The Namesake (2006), Comeback Season (2006), Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008), The Joneses (2009),[24] and Don Jon (2013).[25]

More recently, Headly appeared in the film Strange Weather (2016)[26] and in the HBO limited series The Night Of (2016).[27]

Future ManEdit

Headly and Ed Begley Jr. were cast in lead roles with Josh Hutcherson in Future Man, Hulu's half-hour comedy television series produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Headly died on June 8, 2017, during filming of the series. At the time of her death she had filmed five episodes of the planned 13-episode season order. Producers stated that she would not be recast and that the episodes she filmed will air, leaving the writers the need to rework the episodes in which she was due to feature.[28][29]

TheaterEdit

Headly was an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1979 until 2005,[30] 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 10 years until 1999, when she starred opposite Miranda Richardson in Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London.[31][32][33]

In 1983 Headly appeared in Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York.[34]

In 1984 Headly appeared in Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead presented by the Circle Repertory Company and the Steppenwolf Theater Ensemble.[35]

In 1985 Headly starred as Raina in George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, directed by John Malkovich, in New York. [36]

In 2000 Headly starred as Ellen in Detachments at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles, written and directed by Colleen Dodson-Baker. [37]

In 2001 Headly starred as Angela Kennedy Lipsky in the premiere of My Brilliant Divorce at the Druid Theatre in Galway, Ireland.[38]

In 2003 Headly starred opposite David Hyde Pierce in The Guys as part of a revolving cast at the Actors' Gang in Los Angeles. 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.[39]

In 2012 Headly played Eva White in the Geffen Playhouse's production of The Jacksonian, written by Beth Henley.[40]

In 2016, once again at the Geffen Playhouse, Headly starred in Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss.[41]

DeathEdit

Headly died of complications from a pulmonary embolism on June 8, 2017, at the age of 62, in Santa Monica, California.[42][43]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Refs
1981 Four Friends Lola [44]
1983 Doctor Detroit Miss Debbylike [44]
1985 Fandango Trelis [44]
1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo Hooker [44]
1985 Eleni Joan [44]
1986 Seize the Day Olive [44]
1987 Making Mr. Right Trish [44]
1987 Nadine Renée Lomax [44]
1988 Stars and Bars Cora Gage [44]
1989 Paperhouse Kate Madden [44]
1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Janet Colgate Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress [44][11]
1990 Dick Tracy Tess Trueheart [44]
1991 Mortal Thoughts Joyce Urbanski [44]
1992 Grand Isle Adele Ratignolle [44]
1993 Ordinary Magic Charlotte [44]
1994 Getting Even with Dad Theresa [44]
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus Iris Holland [44]
1996 Sgt. Bilko Rita Robbins [44]
1996 2 Days in the Valley Susan Parish [44]
1998 The X-Files Bartender Uncredited [44]
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Zootie Voice [44]
1999 Breakfast of Champions Francine Pefko [44]
2001 Bartleby Vivian [44]
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Gloria Sidell [44]
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Karen [44]
2004 Eulogy Samantha [44]
2004 Around the Bend Katrina [44]
2005 Amateurs, TheThe Amateurs Helen Tatelbaum [44]
2006 Comeback Season Deborah Pearce [44]
2006 Namesake, TheThe Namesake Lydia
2006 Raising Flagg Anne Marie Purdy [44]
2009 Joneses, TheThe Joneses Summer Symonds [44]
2013 Don Jon Angela [44]
2015 Dial a Prayer Mary [44]
2015 Merry Xmas Sarah Short film
2016 Strange Weather Mary Lou Healy
2017 The Circle Bonnie Holland [44]
2017 Villa Capri Jane Post-production; Posthumous release [44]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Refs
1989 Lonesome Dove Elmira Boot Johnson 4 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
[44]
1993 Hotel Room Darlene Episode: "Tricks" [44]
1993 And the Band Played On Dr. Mary Guinan Television film [44]
1995 Frasier Gretchen Voice; episode: "An Affair to Forget" [44]
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Aunt Ruth Television film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
[44]
1996–1997 ER Dr. Abby Keaton Recurring role, 9 episodes [44]
1997 Pronto Joyce Patton Television film [44]
1998 My Own Country Vickie Talley Television film [44]
1998 Winchell Dallas Wayne Television film [44]
1998–1999 Encore! Encore! Francesca Pinoni Main role, 12 episodes [44]
2000 Sandy Bottom Orchestra, TheThe Sandy Bottom Orchestra Ingrid Green Television film [44]
2001 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Renee Charnquist Episode: "New Orleans Saints"
2001 Girl Thing, AA Girl Thing Helen McCormack Television film [44]
2001 On Golden Pond Chelsea Thayer Wayne Television film [44]
2002 Rugrats Dr. Cathy Coice [45]
2002 Women vs. Men Brita Television film [44]
2003–2006 Monk Karen Stottlemeyer 4 episodes [44]
2004 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Anne Joplin Episode: "Beautiful Blue Mystic" [46]
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Attorney Simone Bryce Episode: "Intoxicated" [44]
2008 Grey's Anatomy Elizabeth Archer Episode: "Lay Your Hands on Me" [46]
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Viviana Conway Episode: "The Happy Place" [46]
2012 Pound Puppies Miss Petunia Voice; episode: "Pound Preemies"
2012 Parks and Recreation Julia Wyatt Episode: "Ben's Parents" [46]
2013 League, TheThe League Gloria Episode: "The Von Nowzick Wedding" [46]
2016 The Night Of Alison Crowe 3 episodes [46]
2017 Future Man Diane Futterman Hulu pilot; Posthumous release

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