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Glenn Close?

Updated on April 12, 2011

Glenn Close Stands Out In All Fields

One of the first movies I saw her in was The Natural. It was a small part, Robert Redford had dumped her years before when a baseball groupie lead him astray. But there he was making his comeback, and there she was in the audience standing, after all those years, to give him the inspiration. She was a symbol of being there for your man, but to me, also a symbol of strength in a woman. I don't think that is what she was meant to be, but Glenn Close, in that part, was more than the part was supposed to be.

Before that she was GARP's mother. The crisp and pragmatic Jenny, who calmly raped a comatose man in order to have a child unemcumbered. It was a cold act; in the book she was a cold person. This was again a small part, it was Robin William's movie, but there she was, giving a humanity to Jenny.

Jagged Edge: she plays a lawyer who is hoodwinked by her client, a vicious and wealthy murderer. She was a dupe who needed to be rescued in the end, yet there was an unintended strength. The only movie I didn't like her in was Maixe and only then because she was just so much better than the material that she made it look even worse.

In all these movies, she made the part into something that was better than intended, making the character more than she was meant to be. She did this without ruining the story, but rather adding to it in spite of the script.

And then there was Alex, the psychpathic one night stand who terrified Micheal Douglas. So many people hated her. But also so many sane women identified with her. That might have been because those women recognized that the Douglas character kind of deserved some of what he got. I thought that was it then. However, now, looking back over Close's body of work, I think it was because her talent and personal depth of character was able to let people see the humanity in someone even as deranged and dangerous as Alex. We were able to see it closely enough that we weren't afraid to see ourselves.

And today, Glenn Close works hard to make sure that more people honor the humanity and the dignity of the mentally ill. What a woman!

Three reasons to love Glenn Close

1. She has a long and distinguished career as an actor, on the silver screen, in TV and Broadway. She was won prestigious awards in all area. At the same time her resume indicates that she does not take herself too seriously nor demand constant glamor. She has extended those talents to producing and directing vehicles that have been both entertaining and enlightening.

2. She is an advocate for the dignity and rights of the mentally ill.

3. She has lived much of her non working life in normal communities, eschewing Hollywood and constant glamor for a life that is normal as possible.

Glenn Close Takes Risk to Help The Mentally Ill

The entire story is in this AARP article. Its well worth reading, inspiring and informative.

"Her involvement in 2009 will be riskier: in the year ahead Close, 61, will headline a national advertising campaign intended to diminish the stigma of mental illness. The actress will represent the face of the three most common mental health disorders: depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. "When I first thought about doing this, I wondered if people would think that I was mentally ill," says Close. "Then I thought, 'What's the alternative? Not to do it?'"

"She gets nothing from this," adds Fountain House president Kenn Dudek, "and it is in fact a little dangerous. Everybody knows that if you come out and admit a connection with these illnesses, you risk being thought of as unreliable or dangerous, when in fact most of the mentally ill are not."

Glenn Close Philosophy

"It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways. "

"You have to love the characters you play, even if no one else does."

This is why she is able to make them all more than they would have been.

Glenn Close is Cruella

Glenn Close is Cruella
Glenn Close is Cruella

The Many Faces of Cruella

Glenn Close Philosophy II

Acting, to me, is about the incredible adventure of examining the landscape of human heart and soul. That's basically what we do.

Glenn Close is Glamor

Glenn Close is Glamor
Glenn Close is Glamor

Glenn Close in a Dangerous Movie

While Glenn never plays it safe, this movie stands out. Her portrait of the aristocrat with nothing else to do but play a game with someone else's life is devastating. However, in the end, she certainly gets the worst punishment. She deserved it, but I wonder if I would have felt as sympathetic had the actress not been her.

Glenn Close as Pure Evil

But is it so pure as she gives the character dimension.

Glen Close Fatal Attraction: Siskel Thumbs Up, Ebert Thumbs Down

Interesting discussion of the movie, but they both miss on the true guilt of Michael Douglas.

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Was Alex Totally Evil or Victim of a Two Timing Husband...Neither?

Glenn Close on the Movies

"It's gotten out of control. It's taking bigger and bigger names to make smaller and smaller films. I worry that important films without a big name attached won't get made at all. "

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Michael Nouri on Glenn Close

"What's so great about Glenn in the role (Damages) is that she is willing to show the shadow side of human nature, and it's not a comfortable place to be. She's got guts"

Glenn Close Singing as Nora Desmond

Is there no end to this woman's talent?

Glenn Close Gets Her Star on Hollywood Boulevard

Although Close has eschewed the Hollywood scene, this was long overdue as evidenced by her endless credentials.

Glenn Close on Women Actors

"With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools. "

Glenn Close and Leading Men

Who Is Your Favorite Leading Man with Glen?

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Glen and the Movies

Glen and TV

Which TV Series Do You Like Best for Glen?

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Any Purchase Here Will Contribute to Heifer International: The Pay It Forward Entrepreneurial Charity

Glenn Close's Awards

Emmy's, Golden Globes and numerous nominations.

Glenn Close Awards

How Many of These Movies Have You Seen?

This is but a partial list of an amazing career. Check out the ones you haven't seen.

Damages: Season 1
Damages: Season 1

Hot new legal thriller on FX! Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes, the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protégée Ellen Parsons as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher, one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs, and that lives, not just fortunes, are at s.....

Meeting Venus [VHS]
Meeting Venus [VHS]

Delicious high comedy results when aa conductor stages an opera in Paris with a multinational cast. Glen Close stars and Kiri Te Kanawa vocalizes in this stylish David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire) production. Year: 1991 Director: Istv n Szabs Starring: Glenn Close, Niels Arestrup, Erland Josephson

101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians

UPC:786936769586DESCRIPTION: Unleashing every ounce of Disney magic, 101 Dalmatians thrilled audiences of all ages with fast-paced adventure and comedy featuring a brilliant performance by five-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil. Achieving new heights of hilarity, Disney s all-time classic puppy tale came to life as a worldwide box office sensation. In their small London flat, Dalmatians Pongo and Perdy, and their human pets Roger and Anita, are overjoyed by t....

Serving in Silence: The Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
Serving in Silence: The Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer Story

Based on the true story of one womans fight against the militarys discriminatory policy this is both an inspirational tale of courage & conviction & a touching & beautiful love story. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 09/12/2006 Starring: Glenn Close Judy Davis Run time: 92 minutes

Jagged Edge
Jagged Edge

Defense attorney glenn close falls for her client a rich handsome publisher who many or may not be what the prosecution claims he is a cold-blooded murderer. Special features: talent files scene selections subtitles in english spanish chinese portuguese korean and thai interactive menus and much more. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 01/27/2009 Starring: Glenn Close Jeff Bridges Run time: 108 minutes Rating: R Director: Richard Marquand

Dangerous Liaisons
Dangerous Liaisons

The biting satire about love and lust passion and deception includes directors commentary. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 04/03/2001 Starring: Glenn Close John Malkovich Run time: 120 minutes Rating: R Director: Stephen Frears

Sarah, Plain & Tall Collection
Sarah, Plain & Tall Collection

The third and final episode of the Sarah, Plain and Tall series is a 1999 production reuniting stars Glenn Close and Christopher Walken with original director Glenn Jordan. Taking the story eight years beyond the original tale, Winter's End is set in a harsh Kansas winter of 1918, with the specter of death everywhere: soldiers are dying overseas during World War I, influenza is at epidemic proportions in the U.S., and an old man has returned to the Witting farm with an uncertain reception. He's....

Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall / Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Glenn Close
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall / Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Glenn Close

This program features the music of Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim in a 1992 performance at Carnegie Hall. An American Musical Theatre writer for over 40 years, Stephen Sondheim has created the scores for hits such as Passion, Assassins, Bounce, Into The Woods, Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures.In this entertaining musical celebration Paul Gemignani conducts the American Theatre Orchestra.PROGRAM 1. Sweeney Todd Suite: Orchestra, Jerry H...

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close and two-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick Jr. lead a sensational cast in an all-new version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved musical SOUTH PACIFIC. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by James Michener, and featuring some of the finest music ever written for the stage ("Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," and "Younger Than Springtime"), SOUTH PACIFIC spins a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical island...

Fatal Attraction
Fatal Attraction

Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/05/2008 Run time: 119 minutes Rating: R


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Glenn Close is a class act and brings class to acting!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      No only do I think Glenn Close is beautiful in her own unique way, but I do think she is a very diversified actress and I agree, she does actually make the character real to us.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Very nice, there is so much here about this marvelous actor.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I really like her a lot. Lensrolled this to my Meryl Streep lens.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      She is a very talented actress and has played such a variety of roles. I remember seeing many of her movies...especially Fatal Attraction and 101 Dalmatians. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      She is an amazingly versatile actress, I like that about her.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      super talented woman

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      She is an amazing woman, such talent and usual, beautiful looks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. I had forgotten what diverse roles she had taken on.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you Ms. Close for taking time to help the public see how important it is to help the mentally ill. I'm so proud of you, and appreciate your efforts.

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      PleasantValley LM 8 years ago

      I like how you designed this lens. Also, she reminds me of Meryl Streep.

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      jdac1999 8 years ago

      Great lens 5* and very talented actrice as well. Has been in so many good films, most recent work I enjoyed was in Damages Season 1.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I think she is one of the most powerful actresses of our time. If I had to compare her to her male counterparts, I would say that she has the intensity of a James Woods and the charisma and screen presence of Daniel Day Lewis. I think she is amazing.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      I've always thought Glen was one of the best. From Garp to the television series The Shield....her portrayal of every character is rich with understanding. And, you did this with a Squidwho......kudos!

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      Don't forget "The Big Chill." It's one of my favorite movies and Glenn Close was great in it.

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      julcal 8 years ago

      She is a great actress with great versatility. I remember her first in Garth. Thanks for this lens Margo, Ms. Five Star Lensmaker

      ~ Julie

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a talented woman! I had no idea the extent of her talent before reading this. Top lens 5*

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      Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

      Great lens, I really enjoyed reading it.