The Emmy award-winning actress talks about her national awareness campaign, Bring Change 2 Mind
About Glenn Close
Glenn Close was born and was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. Often quite popular on Broadway but in 1982 she was cast in her award winning role as Jenny Fields in The World According to Garp (1982) alongside Robin Williams. For this role, both a breakthrough in film for Close at age thirty five, she later went on to receive an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The following year she was cast in the hit ensemble comedy The Big Chill (1983) for which she received a second Oscar Nomination, once again for Supporting Actress in the role of Sarah Cooper. In her third major film, Close portrayed Iris Gaines a former lover of baseball player Roy Hobbs portrayed by Robert Redford, in one of the greatest sports films of all time, The Natural (1984). For a third and final time, Close was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Also in the same year Glenn made her debut on television starring in the award winning hit Something About Amelia (1984). Close went on to star in films like The Stone Boy (1984), Maxie (1985) and Jagged Edge (1985). But it was in 1987 Close was cast in the film that made her into both a leading lady and one of the most respected actresses in her profession. This was the box office hit Fatal Attraction (1987) for which she portrayed deranged stalker Alex Forrest alongside costars Michael Douglas and Anne Archer. For this role she was nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress.
The following year Close starred in the Oscar Winning Drama Dangerous Liaisons (1988) for which she portrayed one of the most classic roles of all time as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil, starring alongside both 'John Malkovich' and Michelle Pfeiffer. For this role she was nominated once again for the Academy Award and BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress. Close was favored to win the coveted statue but lost to Jodie Foster for The Accused (1988). Close had her claim to fame in the 1980s. Close made a number of films in the 90s Reversal of Fortune, Meeting Venus, 101 Dalmatians and many others.
Most recently Close has starred on the hit Drama series "Damages" (2007) for which she has both won a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Awards. Also Close has begun a true comeback to film with her new film that she both co-wrote and starred in by the name of Albert Nobbs (2011). In this role Close plays a woman whose lived her last years as a man until her secret is let out. She has received a number of nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.
She is the founder of Bring Change 2 Mind, a national anti-stigma campaign started by Close, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen & Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness. The idea was born out of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn more about mental illness, which both her sister, Jessie Close, and nephew, Calen Pick, live with.