Glenn Close honored for work in Hollywood

Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:06am EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Hollywood Reporter on Monday said it honoring actress Glenn Close for her contributions to entertainment when the industry newspaper unveils its widely-watched list of powerful women in showbusiness next month.

Close, 61, will be given the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award on December 5 when The Hollywood Reporter's annual issue, "Power 100: Women in Entertainment" is revealed.

"It's the amazing performances she's had of late on cable (TV), which has brought her back in the public consciousness, and the fact she's been active in community fund-raising and a real industry leader," Hollywood Reporter Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Guider said about Close's selection.

In recent years, Close has won fans and earned an Emmy for playing a tough-as-nails attorney on cable TV show "Damages." She also earned an Emmy, U.S. television's top honor, for portraying a lesbian military officer in "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story," which ran on cable in 1995.

She gained a foothold on stardom in the late 1970s, and in the 1980s earned five Oscar nominations for work in a range of films including "The World According To Garp" and "The Big Chill."

The actress also has long championed independent cinema and has worked with Robert Redford's Sundance Institute.

The award is named after former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, the first woman to run a major Hollywood studio. Past winners include Barbara Walters, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster.

The "Power 100: Women in Entertainment" list is closely followed as executives gauge whose stock is on the rise and whose is crashing fast. The list does not focus solely on actors, but looks at producers, attorneys, agents, managers and others who are making decisions that shape entertainment.

Guider said that this year, The Hollywood Reporter's editors have tried to freshen their look at what power really means in the industry, who has it and who lacks it.

"We tried to hone in on precisely who is in control of money and talent and who manages the businesses," she said.

Reuters and Hollywood Reporter operate a news-distribution joint venture.

 
<p>Actress Glenn Close arrives to attend opening night of the play "Equus" at the Broadhurst Theater in New York September 25, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>