It’s astonishing to think that Glenn Close didn’t start acting in movies until she was 35. Another astonishing fact: Close, who started as a stage performer, earned Academy Award nominations for her first three films: The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), and The Natural (1984). Today, she’s the only living actor with six nominations never to win an Oscar.
That last statistic hardly detracts from the fact that Close is considered a far-and-away great of her generation, turning out over 35 years of enveloping performances that range from tragic (Albert Nobbs) to cruel (101 Dalmatians), heroic (Air Force One) to unhinged (Fatal Attraction).
Close is once again winning praise (and Oscar buzz) for her latest role, in Björn Runge’s The Wife. The 71-year-old Connecticut native plays the long supportive spouse to a philandering author (Jonathan Pryce) whose Nobel Prize awarding in Stockholm spurs her to do some soul-searching. The story starts off relatively quietly, but leads up to some explosive moments for Close — just the type of dramatic fireworks the actress’s fans yearn to see from her. “Those scenes are hard,” Close admitted to Yahoo Entertainment at the film’s Los Angeles press day. “There were some moments that literally took my breath away.”
In our latest Role Recall interview, Close recounted memories from various movies that took our collective breath away.