Actress Glenn Close is a beloved and acclaimed performer whose indelible characters have graced the stage, screen, and television. An 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. Close began her stage career in Harold Prince’s Love for Love in 1974, and received her first Tony nomination for Barnum in 1980.
Twenty-two years after her performance in Sunset Boulevard, Close reprised her role in London’s West End in 2016 for which she won a London Evening Standard Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award, and again on Broadway in early 2017.
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 Oscar nominations for performances in The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, and Dangerous Liaisons. 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.
Her recent film appearances include What Happened to Monday, The Girl with All the Gifts, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2, and The Wife, based on the bestselling novel.
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 and two consecutive Emmys as “Best Actress in a Drama Series” for her critically acclaimed role in FX’s Damages. 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.
Close received an Oscar nomination for her role in Albert Nobbs, a film she co-wrote and produced. In April 2017 she was honored by Theatre Forward with the Theatre Artist Award.
- Glenn Close talks acting, Broadway, and Katharine Hepburn on Colbert (2017)
- Glenn and Jessie Close reveal their family's history of mental illness (2013)
- Close: National dialogue on mental illness needed (2013)
- Glenn Close: Let's End the Stigma Around Mental Illness Now (2012)
- The Close Family, Living with Mental Illness (2014)
- Glenn Close’s Characters (2014)
- CNN: Close family struggle with mental illness (2014)
- Glenn Close on NBC Nightly News (2009)
The World According to Garp
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