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Glenne Headly (1955 - 2017)

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Glenne Headly (1955 - 2017)

Actress Glenne Headly, known best for roles in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Dick Tracy,” died Thursday, June 8, 2017, according to a statement by her representatives. She was 62.

Headly studied acting from an early age, attending New York’s High School of Performing Arts. Following college in Switzerland, Headly joined Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1979, where she met and worked with her future husband, actor John Malkovich, to whom she was married from 1982 to 1988. During her time at Steppenwolf, she won four Joseph Jefferson awards, which recognize theater performances in the Chicago area.

Returning to the East Coast, Headly starred in Steppenwolf’s New York production of “Balm in Gilead” in 1984, and in 1985 she was directed by then-husband Malkovich in a Broadway production of “Arms and the Man,” which also starred Kevin Kline and Raul Julia.


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In the late 1980s, Headly began appearing in films, including what came to be her most memorable performance in 1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” as an heiress who ultimately bests con-men played by Steve Martin and Michael Caine. She also won acclaim, and an Emmy nomination, for a role in the 1989 television miniseries “Lonesome Dove.”

In 1990, Headly co-starred with Warren Beatty in “Dick Tracy.” She has also appeared in films such as “Mortal Thoughts” (1991), “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995), “2 Days in the Valley” (1996), “Breakfast of Champions” (1999), “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” (2004), “Comeback Season” (2006), and “The Joneses” (2009). She made appearances on television shows including “E.R.” and “Parks and Rec,” and was nominated for a second Emmy for the 1996 TV movie “Bastard Out of Carolina.” She was working on an unreleased Hulu series, “Future Man,” at the time of her death.

Headly is survived by her husband, Byron McCulloch, and a son, Stirling.

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