Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Close in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 19, 1947

Ethnicity: English, as well as distant Scottish, German, Dutch, French, Welsh, and remote Swiss-German

Glenn Close is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is the daughter of Bettine Moore Close, a socialite and philanthropist, and William Close (William Taliaferro Close), a prominent surgeon. Her parents were from upper-class families. She was raised in a cottage on her maternal grandfather’s estate in Greenwich. Glenn has a daughter, actress Annie Starke, with her former partner, producer John Starke. Annie played the younger version of Glenn’s character in The Wife (2017).

Glenn is of mostly English ancestry, along with small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, German, Dutch, French, and Welsh, and remote Swiss-German. Glenn is also a descendant of Bartolomeo Taliaferro, an Italian, who was born, c. 1562, in Venice, Italy, and who moved to England and married an Englishwoman, Joane Lane.

Glenn’s paternal grandfather was Edward Bennett Close (the son of Edward Harvey Close and Emma Bennett). Glenn’s grandfather Edward was born in New York, and was a stock broker. Glenn’s great-grandfather Edward was the son of Aaron Close and Harriet Priscilla Udell. Emma was the daughter of Joseph Bennett and Emma A. Morse. Glenn’s grandfather Edward was first married to Marjorie Merriweather Post, who owned General Foods, Inc., and who built the estate Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 1924; after their divorce. Their daughter, Glenn’s aunt, was heiress and socialite Eleanor Post Hutton.

Glenn’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Taliaferro (the daughter of Edwin Munford Taliaferro and Catherine Mitchell). Elizabeth was born in Texas. Edwin was the son of Thomas Booth Taliaferro and Mary Munford/Martha Sinclair. Catherine was the daughter of William Murray Mitchell and Elizabeth Irvin Joyner.

Glenn’s maternal grandfather was Charles Arthur Moore, Jr. (the son of Charles Arthur Moore and Mary Kate/L. Campbell). Glenn’s grandfather Charles was born in Massachusetts. Glenn’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of William Ropes Moore and Caroline M. Van Ness. Glenn’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of John Keyes Campbell and Betsy/Betsey Sheffield.

Glenn’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Betty” Hyde (the daughter of Seymour Jarius/Jairus/Jarvis Hyde and Elizabeth Sill/Jill Worrall). Glenn’s grandmother Elizabeth was born in New York. Seymour was the son of Albert Gallatin Hyde and Maria/Mary Louise/Laverne Shaw. Glenn’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter Brown Worrall and Mary Catherine Young.

Glenn is a second cousin, once removed, of actress Brooke Shields. Glenn’s maternal great-grandparents, Charles Arthur Moore and Mary Kate Campbell, were also Brooke’s paternal great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Glenn Close –

5 Responses

  1. Multiethnicchick says:

    She looks like she is robin williams sister

  2. phaedra says:

    Typical looking old Anglo woman. We got those in Australia.

  3. sparkles180 says:

    She looks like my grandma o.O

  4. andrew says:

    add “remote Italian”

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