In her first starring role in a television series, Close plays Patty Hewes, "a high-stakes litigator with the sort of reputation that causes other attorneys to grow pale and twitch at the mere mention of her name." "Star turns," raved the L.A. Times " don't get any more compelling than this." MSNBC agreed, observing, "Close plays mind games with consummate skill and keeps the audience guessing." The New York Times echoed with: "It is a role that brings out the very best in Ms. Close, which is to say her talent for exploring the worst in the characters she plays. Patty is intense, demanding and mercurial.
The World According to Garp
Close received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as sensible, utterly sexless nurse and mother Jenny Fields in this acclaimed film based on the bestselling novel by John Irving.
Close guest stars as Mona J. Simpson, mother of Homer, in this seventh season episode of the hit animated series. In the episode, titled "Mother Simpson," Homer buys a dummy and fakes his own death to get out of work. Since he has died, the power company turns off the power to his home. When Homer goes to get it turned on again he discovers that his mother is still alive. He brings her home to meet his family and he discovers why he has not seen her for 27 years. She is a former hippie on the run from the law. Her old nemesis, Mr. Burns, spots her at the post office and tells the cops from Dragnet. They look for her, but she escapes again and has a tear-filled goodbye with Homer before she leaves for good.
Close rounds out the stellar cast of this deeply emotional film based on the beloved novel by Susan Minot about the timeless love which binds mother and daughter, seen through the prism of one mother's life as it crests with optimism, navigates a turning point, and ebbs to its close.
The Lion in Winter
"Granted, remaking 1968 Oscar winner The Lion in Winter seems an odd, not to mention brave, choice, particularly for Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart, who step into roles filled so memorably by Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole."
Disney's 101 Dalmations
Close stars as Cruella de Vil, an intense fashion maven with a lust for fur, in this live-action remake of the 1961 animated film One Hundred and One Dalmations.
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
Close won an Emmy for her role as Margarethe Cammermeyer in this TV film, co-produced by Close and Barbara Streisand, about an army medical officer in line for a career promotion who suddenly faced discharge proceedings after admitting to being a lesbian. The film, which focuses on Cammermeyer's decision to fight institutional bigotry, debuted on NBC on February 5, 1995 and became a ratings blockbuster, garnering a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie, three Golden Globe nominations (including Close for Best Actress) and six Emmy nominations with three wins. In an era before Philadelphia, Ellen and Will & Grace, the subject matter of was considered groundbreaking and controversial, spotlighting the hot button issue of gays in the military that remains as relevant today for millions of people.
Reversal of Fortune
A brilliant law professor is hired by a wealthy man to prove his wife is not guilty of murder. The 1990 film directed was Barbet Schroeder, starring Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver.
Close received an Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her chilling role as the scheming aristocrat Madame de Merteuil in this Stephen Frears directed film based on the classic eighteenth-century novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
Anne Frank Remembered
Close narrated this ground-breaking Academy Award-winning British documentary offering the most complete biographical account ever compiled of the young Jewish girl whose simple diary entries and observations brought the grim realities of the Holocaust to millions of readers the world over. Tracing Frank's life, from her childhood in Germany to the two years of hiding in an Amsterdam attic and her death at Bergen-Belsen at age 16 in 1944, it not only includes interviews from survivors who knew Frank, but also looks into never before seen family letters, new photographs and even archival footage. This is all combined with historically accurate recreations of the attic where the refugee Frank family spent two years hiding from the Nazis. Together it all provides a fascinating look into Anne's daily life, and in the end examines Otto Frank's efforts to preserve his daughter's memory and to keep alive her message of peace.
(Sources: Movies Unlimited and Sandra Brennan for All Movie Guide)
The Big Chill
Close received her second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance as yuppie Dr. Sarah Cooper in this 1983 film about several University of Michigan college friends who reunite after many years for the funeral of one of their friends who commits suicide.
Close has had an extensive career performing in many Broadway musicals. One of her most notable roles on stage is that of the mad aging silent screen star Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Sunset Boulevard. She won a Tony award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award playing the role on Broadway in 1994.
Close was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the psychotic book editor Alex in this terrifying morality play, which took the consequences of infidelity to new heights of horror, and became one of 1987's biggest box-office successes.