Hollywood lost a talented and beautiful actress this week well before her time should have come. From the small screen to the big screen she’d mesmerized audiences for more than three decades.
Though no cause of death has been yet reported, Glenne Headly, an early member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company who went on to star in films and on TV, died Thursday night, according to her agent.
Headly was known from her performances in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” co-starring alongside Michael Caine and Steve Martin; in “Mr. Holland’s Opus” with Richard Dreyfuss; and in Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy.” On TV, she was in the miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and had recurring roles on “ER” and “Monk.” She played the daughter of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the 2001 live telecast of the play “On Golden Pond.”
In 2015, Headly co-starred with Jason Alexander on Broadway in the Larry David comedy “Fish in the Dark.” On Friday, Alexander tweeted a remembrance of his “sweet friend” as “a beautiful light taken too soon.”
Steve Martin tweeted, “Our household mourns the sudden loss of beloved friend, actress and comic genius, Glenne Headly.”
Last summer, she was seen in HBO’s drama miniseries “The Night Of.” She had been in production for the upcoming Hulu sitcom “Future Man,” from Seth Rogen.
In 1979 Headly was recruited by Chicago’s budding Steppenwolf Theatre, joining such fellow up-and-comers as Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and John Malkovich, who would become her first husband. They divorced in 1988.
Headly is survived by husband Byron McCulloch, a musician and metal worker whom she married in 1993, and their son.