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Glenn Close and David Shaw


After having a track record of only having short-term relationships, and saying that she didn't think she would ever marry again, Glenn Close said yes to biotechnology entrepreneur David Shaw.

Here's information about her latest marriage, her daughter, her previous relationships and marriages, and more.


Glenn Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 19, 1947.

David E. Shaw was born c.1950.

Wedding Date:

Glenn Close and David Shaw were married on February 3, 2006 in a small, private ceremony at Shaw's beachfront home near Prouts Neck, Maine. Reportedly, a former chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Daniel Wathen, officiated at their fireside ceremony.


Glenn Close has a daughter.

  • Annie Maude Starke was born April 26, 1988 in Connecticut. Her father is John Starke.

David Shaw has three grown children.

Previous Relationships:

David Shaw has been married before.

Glenn has two previous marriages and several past relationships:

    She married at 22, and was quoted in People Magazine, 12-28-1987, as saying she ended the marriage because she "was sick of being manipulated and used."

  • Len Cariou, actor and Broadway star, significant other from 1979 through 1983. Len was born on September 30, 1939 in Saint Boniface, Manitoba. Len has been married three times, and has one daughter, Laurel Cariou Freedy.
  • James Constantine Marlas, venture capitalist, businessman, financier. James was born on August 22, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. Married, 1984; divorced, 1987. His former marriages include a marriage to Kendra S. Graham in 1968, ending in divorce in 1971 and a marriage to Marie Nugent-Head in 1993.
  • John Starke, producer, relationship from c.1987 - 1991. Glenn and John met in 1982 when he was the production manager on the movie, "The World According to Garp." John is married to Jody, and has a daughter, Lydia.

  • Steve Beers, carpenter, engaged in 1995; separated in early, 1999. Glenn and Steve met on the "Sunset Boulevard" set.

  • Robert Pastorelli, actor. Close friends from 1999-2004. Robert and Glenn met on the set of the TV movie "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple."


Glenn Close is an actress and a producer.

David E. Shaw is a biotechnology entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of Idexx Laboratories, and a managing partner of a private investment company. David Shaw served on the faculty of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and on the advisory board of the school’s Center for Public Leadership. More on David E. Shaw


Glenn love animals and baseball - especially The New York Mets. She also has a collection of all her acting costumes.

David enjoys traveling, reading, mountain climbing, skiing, river running, writing, motorcycling, and collecting art.


In May, 2005, Glenn and David purchased a penthouse apartment on the upper floors of the Beresford. The apartment was reportedly once owned by Rock Hudson. It has two balconies, a private elevator, two bedrooms, and an upstairs study. They purchased the apartment for around $6 million. It overlooks Central Park and the Museum of Natural History.
Source: NY Times

David also has a home in Scarborough, Maine and his beachfront home.

Glenn has a renovated 1910 Federal-style farmhouse with a very large kitchen with a fireplace in Bedford Hills in Westchester County, New York. She owns property close to her parents home in Wyoming.

Glenn Close Quotes About Love and Marriage:

Glenn, about when she met and married Cabot Wade: "They were interesting years but now they feel like my lost years."
Source: Saga Magazine

Glenn, about marriage: "I would love to have a lifetime companion. Whether you have to be married or not, I don't know."
Source: Sean Hamilton, "Daily Record", 12-08-2000

Glenn, on what she learned from her marriage to James Marlas: "Too many women define themselves in terms of a man. Look at me. In my marriages I was like an amoeba. Part of the problem is that men blossom under the nurturing of a good woman, while women don't often get that benefit from a man. I think of men and women as two different species. Katharine Hepburn said they should live next door and visit each other once in a while. Not a bad idea."
Source: "People Magazine", 12-28-1987

Glenn, about her relationship with Len Cariou: "Those were very wild times. We were young, we were crazy, we were both starring on Broadway. What else can I say?"
Source: "The Toronto Star", 06-06-2003.

Glenn, about not getting married: "I don't believe in marriage now, and what I say right now is that I'll never get married again. I don't particularly think marriage is a natural state. Men and women are so vastly different. There will always be a struggle between them. Why put more pressure on by binding yourself to someone?"
Source: Peter Castro, "People Magazine", 7-01-1991.

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