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Glenn Close

Program Date January 20, 2018


Actress Glenn Close's indelible characters, with all their human strengths and flaws, have dominated stage, screen, and television for more than 40 years, earning her critical acclaim, as well as Tonys, Emmys, and a host of Oscar nominations. Her disturbing role in Fatal Attraction has been called one of the greatest movie characters of all time. Close's remarkable real life story is filled with its own cast of very human characters, from cult followers to family members struggling with mental illness. Today, she is a leading advocate for public conversations about mental illness -- to replace stigma with empathy and understanding.


Actress Glenn Close is a beloved and acclaimed performer whose powerful portrayal of unforgettable characters have graced the stage, screen and television. She began her stage career in Harold Prince's Love for Love in 1974, and received her first Tony nomination for Barnum in 1980. A Tony, Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe award winner, Close is the recipient of three Tony Awards for her performances in The Real Thing, Death and the Maiden, and the musical, Sunset Boulevard.

Twenty-two years after her performance in Sunset Boulevard, Close reprised the role of fading film-star Norma Desmond in London's West End in 2016, and again on Broadway in early 2017. She will be honored by Theatre Forward in April 2017 with the Theatre Artist Award.

Close made her film debut in 1982's The World According to Garp, receiving an Academy Award nomination for her performance. She went on to receive five additional Oscar nominations for performances in The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction,Dangerous Liaisons, and Albert Nobbs. Other popular films that she has appeared in include Jagged Edge, Reversal of Fortune, Air Force One, 101 Dalmatians, and its sequel. Her performance in Fatal Attraction was ranked 36th on Premiere Magazine's list of the 100 greatest movie characters of all time. Some of her upcoming films include Bastards, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, The Girl with All the Gifts, and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

For television, Close won an Emmy Award for her TV film Serving in Silence, plus a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Showtime's The Lion in Winter.

She won another Golden Globe for her critically acclaimed FX drama series Damages, and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. The Los Angeles Times said, "Close's performance illuminates rather than outshines with its high wattage." Airing for five seasons, the show garnered over 50 nominations and 8 wins.

Close is a Trustee Emeritus of The Sundance Institute and a Trustee of The Wildlife Conservation Society. She is a founder and the Chairperson of Bring Change 2 Mind, a charity whose mission is to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness.


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