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Glenn Close
 Mental Health Advocate
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Actress Glenn Close is a beloved and acclaimed performer, creating indelible characters on stage, screen and television. A Tony, Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe award winner, she began her career on stage and received her first Tony nomination for her Broadway appearance in Barnumin 1974. She is the recipient of three Tony Awards for her performances in The Real ThingDeath and the Maiden, and the musical, Sunset Boulevard. Close appeared in the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Royal National Theatre, and in the fall of 2014, she returned to Broadway starring in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance.

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 four additional Oscar nominations for performances in The Big ChillThe NaturalFatal Attraction, and Dangerous Liaisons. Other popular films that she has appeared in include Jagged Edge, Reversal of FortuneAir Force One101 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. Currently, she can be seen in Marvel's The Guardians of the Galaxy.

For television, she 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.

Close won another Golden Globe for her critically acclaimed FX drama series, Damages; she also 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.” The show garnered over 50 nominations and 8 wins. The fifth and final season of Damages aired in July 2012. 

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.

In 2012 Close received an Oscar nomination and numerous other awards for her film, Albert Nobbs.

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  • Close: National dialogue on mental illness needed 
  • Glenn Close: Let's End the Stigma Around Mental Illness Now

  • The Close Family, Living with Mental Illness 
  • Glenn Close’s Characters (2014)
  • CNN: Close family struggle with mental illness (2014)
  • Glenn Close on NBC Nightly News (2009)
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An Evening with Glenn Close
Are You Who We Think You Are?
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  • Damages
  • The World According to Garp
  • The Simpsons
  • Evening
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Fatal Attraction
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“FABULOUS! Jessie and Glenn pulled the audience into their conversation and they loved it.”
University of Akron
“FANTASTIC - the best - we raised $1 million.”
Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, RI
“Glenn Close's visit here was a resounding success. Her public lecture sold out, filing every seat in the 1300 person theatre. She received three standing ovations, and she gave just an outstanding talk.”
Saint Mary's College
“Glenn Close was fabulous. She got a standing ovation. Lovely, sweet, humble —
all of those things. We couldn’t be happier. Everyone in our community raved about her.”
Clifford Beers Clinic
“Glenn was amazing and loved by everyone. They listened in complete silence.”
The Mental Health Association of Central Florida
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