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Glenn Close had ‘awful’ childhood experience while living in ‘cult’ that still affects her

The Golden Globes Awards-winning actress has been married thrice and also has a daughter with film producer John H Starke
PUBLISHED OCT 16, 2023
Glenn Close reportedly had a difficult childhood (Instagram/ @glennclose)
Glenn Close reportedly had a difficult childhood (Instagram/ @glennclose)

BOZEMAN, MONTANA: Glenn Close is a legend, who has worked in movies like ‘Fatal Attraction’, ‘The Wife’, and ‘Dangerous Liaisons'.

With many accolades in her name, the 76-year-old has made a place in people’s hearts and continues to rule them.

But like her professional life, Close reportedly did not experience an everyday, happy personal life.


 
 
 
 
 
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How were Glenn Close’s early years?

The Golden Globes Awards-winning actress has shared that she had traumatic growing-up years since her family lived in a “cult”.

Close and her family reportedly lived with Moral Re-Armament (MRA), which she called “a cult".

The star was seven when her family became members of the group. In the docuseries titled ‘The Me You Can’t See’, she explained, as per Today, “Everybody spouted the same things, and there was a lot of rules — a lot of control.”

“Because of how we were raised, anything that you thought you would do for yourself was considered selfish,” Close said.

The ‘Hook’ actress further stated, “It was really awful. We were so broken up.”

“It's astounding that something you went through at such an early stage in your life still has such a potential to be destructive. I think that's childhood trauma,” she asserted.


 
 
 
 
 
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Though Close left the movement at the age of 22, she still feels it haunts her and has also played an adverse role in her relationships.

Those 15 years of her life also reportedly sent her to a childhood trauma specialist for help.

Who were Glenn Close’s husbands?

The three-time Tony Awards-winning star has been married thrice and also has a daughter with film producer John H Starke.


 
 
 
 
 
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Her first husband was Cabot Wade whom she married in 1969 but got divorced in 1971. “I think that was basically an arranged marriage, actually,” she reportedly said.

Close’s second husband was James Marlas, who was a businessman. Their marriage only lasted for three years — from 1984 to 1987.

The actress’ third husband was biotech engineer David Shaw and they were married from 2006 to 2015.

After their divorce, her spokesperson told E!, “The divorce was mutual.”


 
 
 
 
 
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Apart from her marriages, Close was in a relationship with Starke.

The former couple has a daughter named Annie Starke, who is also an actress.


 
 
 
 
 
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Glen Close said that she’s ‘not been successful' in relationships

The mother-of-one believes that MRA was responsible for her failed relationships.

“Because of the devastation, emotional and psychological, of the cult, I have not been successful in my relationships and finding a permanent partner, and I'm sorry about that,” she revealed.

Close added, “I think it's our natural state to be connected like that.”

Where is Glenn Close now?

As per reports, Close now lives close to her siblings in Bozeman, Montana.

In 2019, she told Parade, “I would love to be remembered as somebody who could make people laugh, but unfortunately, I usually take things seriously. I think kindness is really important. I would like to be remembered as a kind person.”

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