Dick Tracy actress Glenne Headly passes away
It is with great sadness that we report that actress Glenne Headly has passed away at age 63. Best known for her roles as Tess Trueheart in the 1990 blockbuster Dick Tracy, bumbling heiress Janet Colgate in 1988’sÂ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and asÂ Iris Holland in 1995’s Mr. Holland’s Opus,Â HeadlyÂ is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and son Stirling.
â€œIt is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,â€� her reps told VarietyÂ in a statement. â€œWe ask that her familyâ€™s privacy be respected in this difficult time.â€�
Born in Connecticut and a member of MENSA, Headly began her acting career as one of the keyÂ players inÂ Chicago’s renownedÂ Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, where she worked alongside actors the likes of Gary Sinise,Â Joan Allen, Gary Cole, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, William Petersen and Martha Plimpton fromÂ 1979 to 2005. She was married to Malkovich from 1982 to 1988, and appeared with him in the filmsÂ Eleni andÂ Making Mr. Right. In recent years, she made a conscious choice to focus more on being a mother, and mainlyÂ took on roles in LA or smaller parts. She continued her theater work as well,Â starringÂ in Sarah Ruhl’s “Stage Kiss” at the Geffen Playhouse in 2016.
Headly was nominated for two Emmys, one for her performance as Elmira Johnson in Lonesome Dove and another for her role as Aunt Ruth in Bastard Out of Carolina. She also received a Chicago Film Critics Association “Most Promising Actress” Award for Dirty Rotten Scoundrel.
Other notable film work included a co-starring role with Demi Moore in the hit thrillerÂ Mortal Thoughts, as Lindsay Lohan’s mom inÂ Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s mother in his 2013 directorial debutÂ Don Jon. She recently played Emma Watson’s mother in The Circle opposite the recently-departedÂ Bill Paxton, who played Watson’s father. She will appear opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman in Ron Shelton’s action comedy Villa Capri, due for release in November.
Headly was shooting aÂ part inÂ Evan Goldberg andÂ Seth Rogen’s upcoming Hulu comedy sci-fi series Future Man, starring Josh Hutcherson. The actor posted the following:
I only knew the talented, empathetic, loving, beautiful Glenne Headly for a short time. She was powerful and strong and hilarious. Her eyes brought to life so many amazing characters over the years and her love brought to life a beautiful family. I’m gonna miss her presence, her smile, and the way she made me feel like her son before, between, and after they called action and cut. Grab onto those who make you feel loved. My heart is broken today and I can only imagine what those closest to her are going through. My broken heart goes out to all of you as well. This is a photo of my home. Kentucky. I love my family and friends so much. I hope you all feel it. With lead hearts we are going to celebrate the irreplaceable Glenne Headly. LOVE.
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