Headly in a production of Stage Kiss in 2016
|Born||(1955-03-13)March 13, 1955
New London, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||June 8, 2017(2017-06-08) (aged 62)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from a pulmonary embolism|
Glenne Aimee Headly (March 13, 1955 – June 8, 2017) was an American actress. She was known for her roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Headly received Theatre World Awards and four Joseph Jefferson Awards, and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2017, Headly and Ed Begley Jr. were tapped for lead roles opposite Josh Hutcherson in Future Man, Hulu’s half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Headly was born on March 13, 1955, in New London, Connecticut. Her first years were spent living under the care of her mother in San Francisco and her maternal grandmother in Lansford, Pennsylvania. Early in her elementary school years, she joined her mother, who was then living in Greenwich Village, and grew up having a rich cultural life. She studied ballet at the Robert Joffrey school of ballet and modern dance at the Martha Graham Studios. In New York, she attended public schools, including P. S. 41, where she was placed in a class for intellectually gifted children. There, a fifth-grade teacher introduced her to the work of Jacques Cousteau in an oceanography class, spawning a lifelong interest for her in preserving the natural world. She later went on to the High School of Performing Arts, majoring in drama, and graduated with honors.
Rather than continuing to study the dramatic arts, she attended American College of Switzerland, a small college in Leysin from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Soon after, she moved to New York, taking day jobs as a waitress so she could work nights in the theatre for little or no salary. Later, she moved to Chicago, where she joined the New Works Ensemble at the St. Nicholas Theatre, and was eventually cast in a Goodman Theatre production of Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Robert Falls and co-starring John Malkovich.
Film and television career
While appearing on the Chicago stage in Curse of the Starving Class, Headly was asked to join the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, which was looking to expand. She also appeared in several other productions. In Chicago, she was nominated for five Joseph Jefferson awards, and won three for best supporting actress. She received her Actors’ Equity card when cast by Vivian Matalon in a summer theatre production of Charley’s Aunt, and joined SAG when Arthur Penn wrote a breakout role for her in the film Four Friends.
On August 2, 1982, Headly married fellow ensemble member John Malkovich. Soon after, she was cast to replace Ellen Barkin in Extremities, with Susan Sarandon, off- Broadway. She then was cast in The Philanthropist, also off-Broadway, and won a Theatre World Award for best newcomer. In New York, she appeared in Balm in Gilead with her fellow Steppenwolf Theatre members, and in Arms and the Man, on Broadway, with Kevin Kline and Raul Julia.
1988–1995: Early work
Headly played several supporting roles in such films as Making Mr. Right, Paperhouse, Seize the Day and Nadine, but her role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), opposite Steve Martin and Michael Caine, truly launched her film career. In 1988, Headly was named Most Promising New Actress by the Chicago Film Critics Association.
She was then cast by Warren Beatty to appear opposite him as Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy. She next starred opposite Demi Moore and Bruce Willis in Mortal Thoughts, directed by Alan Rudolph. In 1988, she divorced Malkovich after he had an affair with Michelle Pfeiffer during the filming of Dangerous Liaisons. In 1992, she went to Canada to work on a small Canadian film called Ordinary Magic with Ryan Reynolds, and on the first day of filming, met her future husband Byron McCulloch, whom she married on August 25, 1993. She also co-starred with Ted Danson and Macaulay Culkin in the 1994 comedy Getting Even with Dad.
Headly appeared in the television movies Winchell, And the Band Played On, Pronto, My Own Country, and Women Vs. Men, and was nominated for two Emmy Awards, for best supporting actress in a television movie for both Lonesome Dove (1989) and Bastard Out of Carolina (1996). She appeared as Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer‘s daughter in the 2001 live telecast of the play On Golden Pond for CBS. She was cast in the series Encore! Encore!, starring Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright, from 1998–1999, and had recurring roles as Dr. Abby Keaton on ER from 1996–1997 and as Leland Stottlemeyer’s wife, Karen on Monk from 2003–2006.
In 2004 she played the mother of Lindsay Lohan‘s character in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Her recent appearances include the films The Amateurs (2005), The Namesake (2006), Comeback Season (2006), Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008), The Joneses (2009), and Don Jon (2013).
Headly and Ed Begley Jr. were cast in lead roles opposite Josh Hutcherson in Future Man, Hulu’s half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Headly was to play Diane, Hutcherson’s nurturing, ever-supportive mother. Her love for him, while unyielding and sweet, is also a detriment to his growth. She makes it almost impossible for him to move out; she does all his cooking, cleaning, and laundry, and dotes on him constantly. She has recently retired and is getting back into smoking pot on a regular basis. Headly died during production on the series.
Headly was an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 1979 until 2005, although she never returned to Chicago to do a play after the late 1980s, believing that such a move would uproot and be disruptive to her family. She took a break from the stage altogether for 10 years until 1999, when she starred on the London stage opposite Miranda Richardson in Aunt Dan and Lemon.
In 2000 Headly starred as Ellen in Detachments at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles, written and directed by Colleen Dodson-Baker. 
In 2003 Headly starred opposite David Hyde Pierce in The Guys as part of a revolving cast at the Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles. She also appeared in Malkovich’s production of Shaw’s Arms and the Man, with Kevin Kline at New York City’s Circle in the Square Uptown.
In 2012 Headly played Eva White in the Geffen Playhouse’s production of The Jacksonian, written by Beth Henley. 
In 2016 playing at the Geffen Playhouse, Headly starred in Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss through Sunday, May 15.
|1983||Doctor Detroit||Miss Debbylike|
|1985||The Purple Rose of Cairo||Hooker|
|1986||Seize the Day||Olive|
|1987||Making Mr. Right||Trish|
|1988||Stars and Bars||Cora Gage|
|1988||Dirty Rotten Scoundrels||Janet Colgate||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress|
|1990||Dick Tracy||Tess Trueheart|
|1991||Mortal Thoughts||Joyce Urbanski||Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1991||Grand Isle||Adele Ratignolle|
|1994||Getting Even with Dad||Theresa|
|1995||Mr. Holland’s Opus||Iris Holland|
|1996||Sgt. Bilko||Rita Robbins|
|1996||2 Days in the Valley||Susan Parish|
|1998||Babe: Pig in the City||Zootie||Voice|
|1999||Breakfast of Champions||Francine Pefko|
|2001||What’s the Worst That Could Happen?||Gloria Sidell|
|2004||Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen||Karen|
|2004||Around the Bend||Katrina|
|2005||Amateurs, TheThe Amateurs||Helen Tatelbaum|
|2006||Comeback Season||Deborah Pearce|
|2006||Namesake, TheThe Namesake||Lydia|
|2006||Raising Flagg||Anne Marie Purdy|
|2009||Joneses, TheThe Joneses||Summer Symonds|
|2015||Dial a Prayer||Mary|
|2015||Merry Xmas||Sarah||Short film|
|2016||Strange Weather||Mary Lou Healy|
|2017||The Circle||Bonnie Holland|
|2017||Villa Capri||Jane||Post-production; Posthumous release|
|1989||Lonesome Dove||Elmira Boot Johnson||4 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1993||Hotel Room||Darlene||Episode: “Tricks”|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Dr. Mary Guinan||Television film|
|1995||Frasier||Gretchen (voice)||Episode: “An Affair to Forget”|
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Aunt Ruth||Television film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1996–1997||ER||Dr. Abby Keaton||9 episodes|
|1997||Pronto||Joyce Patton||Television film|
|1998||My Own Country||Vickie Talley||Television film|
|1998||Winchell||Dallas Wayne||Television film|
|1998–1999||Encore! Encore!||Francesca Pinoni||12 episodes|
|1999||Darkest Day, TheThe Darkest Day||Caitlin||Television film|
|2000||Sandy Bottom Orchestra, TheThe Sandy Bottom Orchestra||Ingrid Green||Television film|
|2001||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Renee Charnquist||Episode: “New Orleans Saints”|
|2001||Girl Thing, AA Girl Thing||Helen McCormack||Television film|
|2001||On Golden Pond||Chelsea Thayer Wayne||Television film|
|2002||Rugrats||Dr. Cathy (voice)||Episode: “The Doctor Is In”|
|2002||Women vs. Men||Brita||Television film|
|2003–2006||Monk||Karen Stottlemeyer||4 episodes|
|2004||Guardian, TheThe Guardian||Anne Joplin||Episode: “Beautiful Blue Mystic”|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Attorney Simone Bryce||Episode: “Intoxicated”|
|2008||Grey’s Anatomy||Elizabeth Archer||Episode: “Lay Your Hands on Me”|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Viviana Conway||Episode: “The Happy Place”|
|2012||Psych||Grace Larsen||Episode: “Autopsy Turvy”|
|2012||Pound Puppies||Miss Petunia (voice)||Episode: “Pound Preemies”|
|2012||Parks and Recreation||Julia Wyatt||Episode: “Ben’s Parents”|
|2013||League, TheThe League||Gloria||Episode: “The Von Nowzick Wedding”|
|2016||The Night Of||Alison Crowe||3 episodes|
|2017||Future Man||Diane Futterman||Hulu pilot; Posthumous release|