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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Women We Love: Glenn Close

Object of our affection: Glenn Close, actress.

- For her film debut in The World According to Garp, she received her first of three consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress, followed by nods for The Big Chill and The Natural. She "graduated" to the Best Actress category with her iconic villainesses in Fatal Attraction (making its Blu-ray debutnext Tuesday) and Dangerous Liaisons.

- In addition to another beloved bad girl, Cruella De Vil in the 101 Dalmatians live action movies, her other notable films include Jagged Edge, Reversal of Fortune, Hamlet, The Paper, Mars Attacks!, Air Force One, Tarzan, The Stepford Wives and Evening.

- Prior to making it big on the silver screen, she had an illustrious career as a stage actress, including a Tony Award nomination for the musical Barnum. Since, she has won three Tonys, for the plays The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden and the Broadway version of Sunset Boulevard, in which she recreated the legendary role of Norma Desmond originated by Gloria Swanson in the classic film.

- On television, she won an Emmy for playing lesbian activist Margarethe Cammermeyer in the made-for-TV biopic Serving in Silence, as well as a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for her Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter. She has also starred in such other popular TV movies as Something About Amelia, the Sarah, Plain and Tall series, In the Gloaming and small screen adaptations of the stage productions The Elephant Man and South Pacific.

- As well as memorable guest spots on The Simpsons and Will & Grace, she received critical acclaim and Emmy and Globe nominations for her one season stint on The Shield. That led to her current series, Damages, which has earned her more acclaim, as well as her second Emmy and Globe awards.

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