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1. Her Early Years
Close was born as Glenda Veronica Close on March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her parents were Bettina and William Close, an American surgeon who spent years battling the Ebola virus in the Congo.

She has two sisters, Tina and Jessie, and two brothers, Alexander and Tambu Kisoki, both of whom Close’s parents adopted while they were living in Africa.