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Glynnis O'Connor
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Glynnis O'Connor

O'Connor had it easier than most beginning actors. Her mother was actress Lenka Petersen, who taught her the craft of acting and introduced her to people in the industry. Her father was a producer for NBC News and she had four brothers, all of whom were involved in acting.

Taken along to her mother's rehearsals, O'Connor found a world of magic and imagination in the world of acting. Often, when rehearsals were over, she would go on stage to play her own make-believe. Later, she participated in a children's theater club that her mother ran. There was never any doubt in her mind that she was going to be an actress.

O'Connor realized her dream very quickly. At age 17, she was catapulted to the ranks of the famous when she starred in the film, Jeremy, the story of a sensitive teen, played by Robby Benson. The film received the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. She starred with Benson in several other films including Ode to Billy Joe and the TV adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town.

While still a teenager, O'Connor starred in the films All Together Now with John Rubinstein and Baby Blue Marine with Jan-Michael Vincent. She continued to work constantly throughout her twenties. She starred in the television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble with John Travolta. Other films include California Dreamin', Night Crossing, Melanie and My Kidnapper, My Love. She played the girlfriend of serial killer Ted Bundy in the chilling television special The Deliberate Stranger.

O'Connor received most of her training on the job, however, in between projects, she managed to study theater at the University of New York at Purchase and later studied with director Bobby Lewis who was one of the founders of the Actors Studio.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Glynnis O'Connor Facts

BirthdayNovember 19, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.