We’re counting down the 40 days to NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Muse Awards with a look at some of our favorite honorees, all women of vision and achievement who have contributed to the film and television industry. Join us as we look back at #Muse40for40, and buy your tickets for the Muse Awards on Tuesday, December 10th at nywift.org/muse!
#8: Glenn Close
By Tricia Nolan
Glenn Close had a distinguished career on Broadway, long before she made her feature film debut in 1982’s The World According To Garp, alongside Robin Williams. Yet, it was her role as a psychopathic temptress in the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction that turned her into a box office darling and a household name. Actress, singer and producer, Close is a seven-time Academy Award nominee, and one of the few performers to be nominated for the top awards in film, theatre, and television. In 2010, Glenn co-founded the nonprofit Bring Change 2 Mind, which is dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.
On mental illness: “The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us. And so we marginalize the people who most need our acceptance. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.”
On working with women: “With the hugely talented women I’ve worked with or observed, it’s not a question about temperament or ego; it’s a question about getting it right. If they’ve got a reputation for being difficult it’s usually because they just don’t suffer fools.”
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