Glenn Close got her start on Broadway in the ‘70s, appearing in such shows as “Barnum,” and made-for-TV movies including “Too Far to Go” and “The Orphan Train.” She was 35 when she had her big-screen debut in 1982’s“The World According to Garp.” But Close swiftly made up for lost time by racking up three back-to-back supporting actress Oscar nominations for “Garp,” “The Big Chill” and “The Natural.” With “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Albert Nobbs,” she would add three lead actress nods to her total.
That Academy Award losing streak – the most Academy Award nominations without a win for a living actress — was expected by many to come to an end at the 2019 Oscars, thanks to Close’s tour de force lead performance as the put-upon spouse of unfaithful, self-absorbed novelist (Jonathan Pryce) who wins the Nobel Prize in literature in “The Wife.” But although Close was duly nominated, she lost to Olivia Colman as England’s dithering and disabled Queen Anne and her bunnies in “The Favourite.”
She is now up to seven losses, although some believe a possible No. 8 might be the charm now that Close will finally star as fading silent legend Norma Desmond in a movie based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of Billy Wilder’s 1950 showbiz noir “Sunset Boulevard,” a role she played on stage in Los Angeles and Broadway in the early ‘90s. She’s also got upcoming roles in Rodrigo Garcia‘s “Four Good Days” and Ron Howard‘s “Hillbilly Elegy,” which could also bring her that long-elusive gold statuette.
In honor of Close’s 73rd birthday on March 19, 2020, take a tour of our photo gallery ranking her 16 greatest films, from worst to best.