11 performances that defined Glenn Close’s career
Playing the passionate Eleanor of Aquitaine facing the conflicting King Henry II by Patrick Stewart in Andrei Konchalovsky’s daring rendering of a 12th century power struggle, Close’s talent is in the spotlight. There are poisonous sides, fiery monologues, and moments of clever manipulation.
Damage (2007 to 2012)
Five seasons, two Emmys and a Golden Globe later, ruthless and imposing lawyer Patty Hewes is still one of Close’s most intricate creations. Chronicle of his relationship with an ambitious protege (Rose Byrne), Glenn Kessler, Todd A Kessler and the legal drama of Daniel Zelman is unavoidable.
Albert Nobbs (2011)
Close is almost unrecognizable as the titular butler working in a 19th-century Dublin hotel in this deeply touching period piece from director Rodrigo García. With restraint and a mysterious twinkle in her eyes, she plays a woman who disguised herself as a man to escape a violent past.
After decades of living in the shadow of her arrogant novelist husband (Jonathan Pryce), who should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, a supportive wife (Close) reaches the end of her rope in Björn Runge’s absorbent star vehicle. Enigmatic then explosive, Close has never been so good.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
While Ron Howard’s melodrama has received critical criticism, Close has been rightly praised for her portrayal of Mamaw, an eccentric matriarch who struggles to keep her grandson (Gabriel Basso) in line. If the Oscar escapes him again this year, it is surely time to give him an honorary award in 2022.