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Glenn Close celebrates her 70th birthday today. After graduating from William & Mary, she pursued an acting career, and made her Broadway debut in 1974 in a revival of William Congreve’s Love for Love. She worked steadily both on and off Broadway for the next decade, and won a Tony for Best Actress in a Play for the original Broadway production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. By this time, she had also begun a film and television career; her first three film appearances, in The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, and The Natural, all brought her Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She then received her first nomination for Best Actress for a 1987 thriller:
In 1987, Michael Douglas was having a very good year. He had the biggest hit of his career to date (adjusted for inflation, Fatal Attraction remains the highest-grossing movie in Douglas’ filmography) and he would go on to win Best Actor (not Best Supporting Actor) for a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Douglas’ one-two punch of 1987 pushed him into the A-list and fueled his career as a leading man into the next decade.
In the November 1996 issue of Movieline, the magazine followed up their list of the 10 Best Actors in Hollywood with ten choices for best actress. There are some notable absences from this list and a couple of choices that don’t hold up as well twenty years later. These are ten very talented actress ranked in no particular order as chosen by ten different Movieline contributors.
Glenn Close has had a remarkable career in film, television and theater. Let this sink in. She made her movie debut at the relatively late age of 35 and was nominated for an Oscar for her first three performances! In 1996, Martha Frankel visited Close at her home in New York. They talked about the highs and lows of her career to date, her upcoming starring role in Disney’s live action 101 Dalmations, and her engagement to a carpenter from “Sunset Boulevard”.
(News of Close’s engagement surprised Frankel because after two failed marriage, the actress had said she would not remarry. While Close did eventually have a third husband, it was not her then-current fiance.)