Glenn Close Coming to Saint Mary's


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Actress Glenn Close Coming to Saint Mary's College

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Ind.
(574) 284-4579

January 28, 2010 (Notre Dame, Ind.) – The Department of Communication Studies, Dance and Theatre at Saint Mary’s College will welcome actress Glenn Close to campus Monday, March 15 as this year’s Margaret Hill Endowed Visiting Artist. Close, one of the most recognizable and award-honored film, theatrical, and television actresses of our time, will conduct a master class with College theatre students in the morning and hold a public lecture that evening.

“It is very rare for a school of our size to be able to give students the opportunity to be in contact with artists of the stature of Glenn Close,” said Saint Mary's College Theatre Professor Mark Abram-Copenhaver. “This is an opportunity that these students may never have again in their lives, to be taught by an actress who has won three Tony Awards, two Golden Globes and three Emmys.  And then to be able to sit down with her and to ask questions about the art and business of making films, plays and television is just over the top.”

Close’s remarkable, memorable roles continue to keep her upfront and center on the screen and stage. In the past two years she’s won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Best Actress in a Drama for her starring role as power-driven attorney Patty Hewes in the FX Television legal drama "Damages." Close has received numerous other awards, nominations and honors throughout her outstanding career, including Best Actress or Best Supporting Academy Award nominations for her roles in Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The Natural, The Big Chill, and The World According to Garp. She received an Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her role in Serving in Silence, and Golden Globe Awards for her roles in The Lion in Winter and "Damages." She won three Tony Awards for Best Actress in other works, including in 1995 for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

“An Evening with Glenn Close” will be held at 7:30 p.m., March 15, in O’Laughlin Auditorium. The event is free to Saint Mary's College, University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College students, faculty and staff, but tickets are still required. Students must go to the Box Office in Moreau Center for the Arts in person beginning, Monday, February 1 to pick up tickets. For the general public, admission is $11 at the Box Office or $13 online, also beginning on February 1.

Margaret “Peggy” Hill is a Saint Mary's College alumna and a Broadway producer. Her endowment allows the College to bring in recognized talent to work with our students.  Last year’s visiting artist was Tony Award winning director Harold Prince. In 2008 the Margaret Hill Endowed Visiting Artist was Emmy Award-winning actress and author Camryn Manheim.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.