101 Dalmatians: Glenn Close

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Glenn Close (Cruella De Vil) is one of the world's most versatile actresses, having triumphed on stage, screen and television, most recently in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway production of "Sunset Boulevard," for which she received a Tony Award.

In 1982, Close crossed over from success in the theatre to starring in motion pictures with her Academy Award® nominated feature film debut performance as Jenny Fields in "The World According to Garp." This was followed with Oscar® nominations for her roles in Larry Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and Barry Levinson's "The Natural." She then starred with Jeff Bridges in the thriller "Jagged Edge." In 1987 Close starred as Alex Forrest in Adrian Lynne's "Fatal Attraction," for which she received her fourth Academy Award® nomination. The following year she garnered her fifth nomination opposite John Malkovich in Stephen Frears' "Dangerous Liaisons."

In addition to playing opposite Mel Gibson in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet," with Jeremy Irons in "Reversal of Fortune" and in "The House of the Spirits," Close has also starred in "The Stone Boy," "Maxie," "Immediate Family," "Meeting Venus," Ron Howard's "The Paper" and had a special cameo appearance in Stephen Frears' "Mary Reilly." She will soon be seen in Tim Burton's "Mars Attack" and Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road," and is set to begin production on director Wolfgang Petersen's "Air Force One," starring with Harrison Ford.

Close's stage credits are equally impressive. In 1980 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her leading role in the Broadway musical "Barnum" and four years later she won the Tony playing opposite Jeremy Irons in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing." She won her second Tony for Mike Nichols' production of "Death and the Maiden," and most recently achieved critical and public acclaim, the Tony, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Drama-Logue Award for her performance as Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard."

Her other major theatre credits include "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs" for which she won an Obie, "Childhood" directed by Simone Benmussa, "Joan of Arc at the Stake" opposite William Hurt, "Benefactors" and "Brooklyn Laundry."

In television Close received the Emmy Award last year for her performance in the made-for-television movie "Serving in Silence" (for which she also served as an executive producer). In addition, she received Emmy nominations for her performances in "Something About Amelia," and "Sarah, Plain and Tall." As an executive producer on "Sarah, Plain and Tall," she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She was also nominated for an Emmy as Best Actress opposite Christopher Walken in "Skylark." Close was associate producer on the documentary "Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?" and an executive producer on "Broken Hearts, Broken Homes." She is currently starring in HBO's "In the Gloaming," which marks the directing debut of Christopher Reeve.

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