- Glenne Aimee Headly
March 13, 1955 (age 65)
- John Malkovich
Glenne Aimee Headly (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.
Glenne Headly was born in New London, Connecticut and 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.
Rather than continuing to study the dramatic arts in college, she opted to spend her freshman year at a small American college in Switzerland. 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. 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.
In 1982 Headly married fellow ensemble member John Malkovich and moved with him to New York City. 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.