Glenne Headly

Birthday: Mar 13, 1955
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



5% Just Getting Started Actor 2017
59% Strange Weather Mary Lou Healy 2017
15% The Circle Actor $20.5M 2017
71% Dial A Prayer Actor 2015
79% Don Jon Angela Martello 2013
62% The Joneses Summer $1.1M 2010
80% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mrs. Howard $17.6M 2008
23% Levantando a pápa Anne Marie Purdy 2007
86% The Namesake Lydia $13.5M 2006
19% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) Helen Tatelbaum 2005
32% Eulogy Samantha $42.3K 2004
29% Around the Bend Katrina $0.2M 2004
14% 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
64% Babe: Pig in the City Zootie 1998
83% Winchell Dallas Wayne 1998
65% 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
31% Sgt. Bilko Rita Robbins 1996
75% 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 Grand Isle Adele Ratignolle 1992
57% Mortal Thoughts Joyce Urbanski 1991
63% Dick Tracy Tess Trueheart 1990
100% Paperhouse Kate Madden 1989
89% 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
33% Doctor Detroit Miss Debbylike 1983
78% Four Friends Lola 1981


91% Future Man
Diane Futterman
  • 2019
  • 2017
94% The Night Of
  • 2016
75% The League
  • 2013
92% Parks and Recreation
  • 2012
92% Psych
Grace Larsen
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Vivianna Conway
  • 2008
80% Grey's Anatomy
  • 2008
90% Monk
Karen Stottlemeyer
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Simone Bryce
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Guardian
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
Keaton Abby Keaton Dr. Abby Keaton
  • 1997
  • 1996
94% Frasier
Voice of Gretchen
  • 1995
No Score Yet Lonesome Dove
  • 1989
33% Encore! Encore!
Francesca Pinoni
No Score Yet Hotel Room