If you’re not already a fan of the immensely talented Glenn Close, it’s never too late to become one. Her film career that started in 1982, has never lost steam. Whether she is on film, stage, or television she makes her talents abundantly clear. Anyone that starts their career with three consecutive Academy Award nominations is destined to become an acting legend. Her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress came with The World According to Garp in 1982, her film debut. Followed by two more consecutive nominations for Best Supporting Actress in The Big Chill (1983) and The Natural (1984). Arguably, her greatest role and first nomination for Best Actress was for her career defining role in Fatal Attraction (1987). This role sent a message to audiences that her career was not one to be ignored. She followed this role with another equally manipulative and raw performance in Dangerous Liaisons, garnering yet another nomination for Best Actress in 1988.
For years after Dangerous Liaisons, Glenn Close would continue to work in numerous projects and films. Most of this work would go unnoticed by the Academy but not by her fans or peers. Lead roles in 101 Dalmatians (1996) and Cookie’s Fortune (1999) are performances that rank high with her Academy Award nominated roles. Both roles that would be difficult to imagine any other actress portraying. Her most recent nomination for Best Actress came in 2011 with the film Albert Nobbs. For Close, this was a passion project that took years to bring to film. To be nominated for a sixth time is an affirmation of her career, talent, and longevity of consistent work. In a career of successes, what will it take for Glenn Close to finally win her Oscar?
The answer is a film adaption of the musical Sunset Boulevard. The role of Norma Desmond was first brought to life on Broadway by Glenn Close, a role for which she won a Tony Award in 1994. If you have seen the original film version (1950) starring Gloria Swanson, you know that only a few actresses could ever fill that role. Glenn Close is at the top of that list, and bringing the character back to film where she first came to life seems natural. She has performed multiple times, most recently returning to the London stage as Norma Desmond. Let’s not forget the time she sang a fully realized rendition of Send In the Clowns. With rave reviews for her London return, and audiences still loving what Glenn Close offers, a transfer to Broadway may be in the future. If all goes well the next logical step for Webber and his musical would be to put Norma where she belongs, on the big screen! Although the film isn’t yet in the works, this could be the true role of a lifetime for Glenn Close.The Oscar for Best Actress would be her’s to lose. Here’s to hoping Meryl Streep doesn’t come along and sweep up the role!