February 27, 2012

An interview with Glenn Close

Actress Glenn Close talks about her career, her life in Maine – and her chances tonight of bringing home the best actress Oscar for her work in “Albert Nobbs.”

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Glenn Close as the title character in Oscar contender “Albert Nobbs.” This is the sixth Academy Award nomination for Close.

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Glenn Close, who has a home with her husband at Prouts Neck in Scarborough, doesn't expect to win her first Oscar tonight.

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HERE'S A LIST of some of Glenn Close's more notable film roles:

"ALBERT NOBBS," 2011 – Albert Nobbs (Oscar nomination: Best Actress)

"THE STEPFORD WIVES," 2004 – Claire Wellington

"COOKIE'S FORTUNE," 1999 – Camille Dixon

"AIR FORCE ONE," 1997 – Vice President Kathryn Bennett

"PARADISE ROAD," 1997 – Adrienne Pargiter

"101 DALMATIONS," 1996 – Cruella de Vil

"MARS ATTACKS!", 1996 – First Lady Marsha Dale

"THE PAPER," 1994 – Alicia Clark

"HAMLET," 1990 – Gertrude

"REVERSAL OF FORTUNE," 1990 – Sunny von Bulow

"DANGEROUS LIAISONS," 1988 – Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Oscar nomination: Best Actress)

"FATAL ATTRACTION," 1987 – Alex Forrest (Oscar nomination: Best Actress)

"JAGGED EDGE," 1985 – Teddy Barnes

"THE NATURAL," 1984 – Iris Gaines (Oscar nomination: Best Supporting Actress)

"THE BIG CHILL," 1983 – Sarah Cooper (Oscar nomination: Best Supporting Actress)

"THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP," 1982 – Jenny Fields (Oscar nomination: Best Supporting Actress)

Close lived in Africa for a while as a teenager while her father practiced medicine there. She graduated from William & Mary College in Virginia in 1974 with a degree in drama and anthropology. She worked on Broadway and in TV in the 1970s before landing a role in "The World According to Garp."

She followed that up with an incredible string of four more Oscar nominations over the six years. She got best supporting actress nominations for "The Big Chill" (1983) and "The Natural" (1984), followed by best actress nominations for "Fatal Attraction" (1987; regarded as one of best villain portrayals ever) and "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988).


While she's had a slew of interesting and challenging roles since the late 1980s, Close didn't have another Oscar nomination until "Albert Nobbs."

The other three acting legends who Beauchamp says are the at the top of the all-time Hollywood actress list were all nominated in almost each decade of their career.

Davis had 11 nominations and two wins, with at least one nomination per decade from 1935 through 1963. Hepburn had 12 nominations and four wins, with nominations in the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '80s. Streep has had a staggering 17 Oscar nominations, and two wins, between 1979 and this year (she's nominated for best actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady").

Although Close's numbers fall short by comparison -- six Oscar nominations and no wins -- she has other items on her resume that help cement her legacy, including two recent Emmy awards for the cable TV show "Damages." She's also had recurring roles in the TV dramas "The Shield" (2005) and "The West Wing" (2004), and has continued to get critical raves for theater work.

She's won three Tony Awards, including best actress for "Sunset Boulevard" in 1995, and was given a Career Achievement Award earlier this year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.

"Frankly, she's taken roles that are more challenging than a lot of other people," said Beauchamp. "I was at (the Palm Springs International Film Festival) last month, which is basically the gateway to the Oscars, and the creme de la creme of Hollywood was there.

"But Glenn Close got the loudest and longest applause." 

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Glenn Close with Mia Wasikowska in “Albert Nobbs.”

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Close as Albert Nobbs in a scene with co-star Janet McTeer.

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