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 Barnum in 1974. She is now the recipient of three Tony Awards for her performances in The Real Thing, Death and the Maiden, and the musical, Sunset Boulevard. In 2002 Close appeared in the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Royal National Theatre.
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 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.
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 awards for her film, Albert Nobbs.
“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