Glenn Close

Tuesday, January 14, 2025
  • 10:30 A.M.
  • 7:30 P.M.
Package tickets on sale via the RCLA Office only. Event to be held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall {777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236}
Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Award-Winning Actress, Mental Health Advocate & Co-Founder, Bring Change to Mind

Glenn Close is a powerhouse in the world of film, television, and theater as well as a changemaker in the realm of mental health. An eight-time Academy Award nominee, she made her feature debut in The World According to Garp, earning her first Oscar nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her unforgettable characters in The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs, The Wife and most recently Hillbilly Elegy.

For her performance in the title role of The Wife, Close won Golden Globe, SAG, Independent Spirit and Critics Choice Awards as “Best Actress,” as well as nominations from BAFTA, the Gotham Awards, and the London Film Critics, along with the seventh Oscar nomination.

Her additional film credits include Heart of Stone, Tehran, The Stepford Wives, Meeting Venus, Maxie (Golden Globe nomination), Ron Howard’s The Paper, 101 Dalmatians (Golden Globe Nomination), 102 Dalmatians, Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One, Guardians of the Galaxy, What Happened to Monday, The Girl with All the Gifts and Four Good Days with co-star Mila Kunis, for frequent collaborator, writer/director Rodrigo Garcia.

Close headlined the critically-acclaimed original legal thriller, Damages. For her riveting portrayal of high-stakes litigator ‘Patty Hewes’ Close won two consecutive Emmys, two subsequent Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award and three SAG Award nominations, all as “Best Actress in a Drama Series”. Close has a total of 16 Golden Globe nominations and three wins among her film and television performances. She also has a total of 14 Emmy nominations and three wins. Her third Emmy win was “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special” for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story. As Executive Producer, she also received an “Outstanding Made for Television Movie” Emmy nomination, and the prestigious Peabody Award.

Other television credits include The Shield (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), The Lion in Winter (Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, Emmy nomination), The Elephant Man, Something About Amelia (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), Stones for Ibarra, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple and In the Gloaming (Emmy nomination, CableACE Award). She executive produced and starred in Richard Pearce’s musical remake of South Pacific for ABC TV. She also executive produced the Sarah, Plain and Tall trilogy for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, starring in all three opposite Christopher Walken. For the trilogy she received both “Lead Actress” and “Outstanding Drama” Emmy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Sarah, Plain and Tall and a “Lead Actress” Emmy nomination for Skylark.

Close made her theatre, and Broadway, debut in Harold Prince’s revival of Love for Love. Her theater credits include The Crucifer of Blood, The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs (Obie Award), Barnum (Tony nomination) and Tony Awards for her performances in The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden, both directed by Mike Nichols, and Sunset Boulevard (also Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards). In London, she reteamed with the director of the original Sunset Boulevard stage production, Trevor Nunn, in his Royal National Theatre revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She returned to Broadway for the 2014 revival production of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance.

Close reprised the role that won her the 1995 Tony Award: Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, in a newly-conceived and mounted production that premiered at the London Coliseum prior to a Broadway run. For that performance she won a London Evening Standard Award and an Olivier nomination. Close made her Public Theater debut to rave reviews in the New York premiere of Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, starring as the mother of Joan of Arc. Directed by Matthew Penn, the production ran as a limited engagement at the Public’s Anspacher Theater.

Beyond her acting prowess, Glenn is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness. In 2010, Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind, a charity dedicated to ending the systemic stigma and discrimination around mental illness. The organization’s top priority is the establishment of stigma-free Bring Change to Mind High School clubs around the nation, with hundreds of clubs currently active. The idea for the organization came about following Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. For more information, please visit

Close actively supports Puppies Behind Bars and is a trustee emeritus of The Sundance Institute, having served as a board member for over 20 years.

Glenn Close is the first speaker of the 2025 TOWN HALL Lecture Series. Tickets will only be available in the form of a package that includes the other four speakers in the series. The general sale opens to the public in mid-June 2024, and RCLA Members get early access to the pre-sale in May 2024. Become a member by April 30, 2024 to participate in the private pre-sale.

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