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Glenne Headly

Highest Rated:   100% Bastard out of Carolina (1996)
Lowest Rated:   3% Getting Even With Dad (1994)
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Birthplace:   New London, Connecticut, USA
A well-regarded actress of stage, screen, and television, Glenne Headly spent much her film career playing supporting roles, but occasionally got to shine in leading roles such as that of the naive-seeming American "soap" heiress who gets the best of con artists Michael Caine and Steve Martin in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). With her delicate but dramatic features, she was reminiscent of such actresses as Katherine Hepburn. Headly's training was firmly rooted in theater. She graduated from New York's High School of the Performing Arts and attended the Herman Berghof Studios and the American College of Switzerland before joining the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, where she worked opposite such respected actors as Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, and John Malkovich (whom she married and later divorced). While with the troupe, Headly received four Jefferson Awards. Headly has directed two plays, one off-Broadway (Arms and the Man) and the other on Broadway (Extremities). Headly made her film debut in Four Friends (1981). Notable '80s films in which she played supporting roles include Eleni, which starred her then-husband Malkovich, and Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo (both 1985). Following her performance in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Headly landed more leading roles such as that of Tess Trueheart in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy (1990) and Mortal Thoughts (1991) in which she gave one of her best performances as an abused wife whose hard-drinking husband is murdered by her best friend. Headly also did well as Richard Dreyfuss' long-suffering wife in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995). Over the coming decades, Headly would enjoy a vibrant, ongoing presence on screen, appearing on shows like ER, Monk, Grey's Anatomy and Parks and Recreation, as well as in several films like 2 Days in the Valley, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and The Joneses. Headly died in 2017, at age 63.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Villa Capri
  • Actor
2017
15% The Circle
  • Actor
$20.5M 2017
71% Dial A Prayer
  • Actor
2015
81% Don Jon
  • Angela Martello
2013
63% The Joneses
  • Summer
$1.1M 2010
79% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
  • Mrs. Howard
$17.6M 2008
23% Levantando a pápa
  • Anne Marie Purdy
2007
87% The Namesake
  • Lydia
$13.5M 2006
15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)
  • Helen Tatelbaum
2005
32% Eulogy
  • Samantha
$42.3k 2004
28% Around the Bend
  • Katrina
$0.2M 2004
13% Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Karen
$29.3M 2004
No Score Yet Women vs. Men
  • Brita
2002
35% Bartleby
  • Vivian
$60.8k 2002
No Score Yet A Girl Thing
  • Helen McCormack
2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen?
  • Gloria
$31.1M 2001
No Score Yet The Sandy Bottom Orchestra
  • Ingrid Green
2000
68% Timecode
  • Therapist
2000
26% Breakfast of Champions
  • Francine Pefko
1999
62% Babe: Pig in the City
  • Zootie
1998
80% Winchell
  • Dallas Wayne
1998
64% The X-Files - Fight the Future
  • Barmaid
1998
No Score Yet My Own Country
  • Vickie Talley
1998
No Score Yet Pronto
  • Joyce Patton
1997
100% Bastard out of Carolina
  • Ruth
1996
59% 2 Days in the Valley
  • Susan
1996
32% Sgt. Bilko
  • Rita Robbins
1996
74% Mr. Holland's Opus
  • Iris Holland
1995
3% Getting Even With Dad
  • Theresa
1994
100% And the Band Played On
  • Mary Guinan
1993
No Score Yet Ordinary Magic
  • Charlotte
1993
No Score Yet Hotel Room
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Grand Isle
  • Adele Ratignolle
1992
57% Mortal Thoughts
  • Joyce Urbanski
1991
64% Dick Tracy
  • Tess Trueheart
1990
100% Paperhouse
  • Kate Madden
1989
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Janet Colgate
1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars
  • Cora Gage
1988
45% Nadine
  • Renee Lomax
1987
46% Making Mr. Right
  • Trish
1987
No Score Yet Santabear's Highflying Adventure
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Seize the Day
  • Olive
1986
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Hooker
1985
50% Fandango
  • Trelis
1985
100% Eleni
  • Joan
1985
40% Doctor Detroit
  • Miss Debbylike
1983
71% Four Friends
  • Lola
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% The Night Of
2016
  • Alison
  • 2016
75% The League
2009-2015
  • Gloria
  • 2013
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Grace Larsen
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Vivianna Conway
  • 2008
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Elizabeth
  • 2008
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Karen Stottlemeyer
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Simone Bryce
  • 2005
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Keaton Abby Keaton Dr. Abby Keaton
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Gretchen
  • 1995

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