The truth is that 71-year-old, multiple award winning actor Glenn Close is who you call when you have to make a movie that needs to be felt.
The three-time Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor has never won an Oscar even though she has been nominated on seven different occasions. She has surpassed Meryl Streep’s record to becom the only actor in history who has this curse now.
Her latest film, 2018’s The Wife, is touted to break her curse and lend her her first Oscar for Best Female Actor.
Close has achieved the rare feat of captivating audiences in every sphere of her performances, be it on stage, in front of the television audience or the movie-going audience.
The theater actor whose first film role was playing Robin Williams’ mother in 1980’s The World According to Garp (though she was only four years elder to Williams at that time) established herself as a leading lady in films in the late 1990s.
Close’s second name is critical acclaim
Glenn Close burst onto the scene with her critically acclaimed performance in 1990’s Reversal of Fortune where she shared the screen with Jeremy Irons.
She then featured in an on-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a role for which she again received immense critical acclaim. This was not the first time Close featured in a work by Shakespeare. She had previously featured in his play King Lear on stage in 1975 in Milwaukee.
She won her first Best Actor (Female) award at the Venice Film Festival in 1992 for her performance in Meeting Venus. In the same year, Close became a trustee emeritus of The Sundance Institute.
Her role as Cruella De Vil in 1996’s 101 Dalmatians got her critical acclaim and established her as a leading actor in comedy films as well and brought her worldwide fame. The film was also a commercial success, grossing $320.6 million in theaters against a $75 million budget.
She then chose to move towards taking part in more independent films and started featuring in more television movies rather than theatrical releases though she did return as Cruella De Vil in 102 Dalmatians. The movie received mixed reviews but was a big success at the box-office, much like its predecessor
When Close chose television over movies
Close claims that her most satisfying role was that of the ruthless and and brilliant lawyer Patty Hewes in Damages for five seasons. Her portrayal of this character was met with rave reviews and a plethora of award nominations, in addition she went on to win two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series.
Before that, In 2003, Close played Eleanor of Aquitaine in the Showtime produced film The Lion in Winter. Close won a Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild award for her performance. In 2005, Close joined the FX crime series The Shield, in which she played Monica Rawling, a no-nonsense precinct captain, this became her first TV role in a series. Close stated that she made the right move because television was in a “golden era” and the quality of some programs had already risen to the standards of film.
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