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Tony Award Winner Glenn Close of Sunset Boulevard On Her 2017 Role As Norma Desmond by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

In 1995 Glenn Close won the Tony Award for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard with critics lauding her work as one of the best performances of the 20th century. Now, back on Broadway in the same role, Close is not eligible for a nomination— though critics now say it’s one of the best performances of the 21st century. On the March 22, 2017 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Close explains she’s not bothered by it.

Tony Award winner Glenn Close. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title, which starred Gloria Swanson. The plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Romance and tragedy follow. Sunset first opened in London in 1993 starring Patti Lupone, Broadway 1994, and has had several long run tours, both national and international. In addition to LuPone and Close playing the role of Norma Desmond on the London and Broadway stages; Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Petula Clark, and Rita Moreno round out the list.

In addition to Ms. Close’s numerous Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, and countless other nominations, wins, and honors; she was nominated four times for a Tony Award, winning three. In 1980, nominated for Barnum, and won for The Real Thing in 1984, Death and the Maiden in 1992, and Sunset Boulevard in 1994.

 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert— March 22, 2017 episode:

In 1995 Glenn Close won the Tony Award for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard with critics lauding her work as one of the best performances of the 20th century. Now, back on Broadway in the same role, Close is not eligible for a nomination (though critics now say it’s one of the best performances of the 21st century). On the March 22, 2017 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Close explains she’s not bothered by it. “Well, does one always do something to win an award?” she replied. “Yes!” cried Colbert. “No,” she demured. “You could look at it that it takes the pressure off. I just hope that every one of my cast members gets nominated.” Close relishes stepping into Sunset at Broadway’s Palace Theatre each night. “Norma Desmond is one of the greatest roles that has ever been written for a female and certainly for a female who is 50 and older than 50,” she said. “It demands everything of you.” From the emotional connection between actor and audience to her theory on acting (“acting is a lot about physics and neuroscience; you can have a thought onstage and it can resonate with somebody in the back row), her conversation with Colbert steered away from his usual banter and jokes into one of the more intimate interviews with Close we’ve seen. She even revealed the moment she knew she wanted to act—inspired by Katharine Hepburn who she met many years later at her Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. Hepburn penned Close a letter after that saying: “I’m glad I persuaded you when you were a mere child to join this terrible profession—this terrifying profession and, let’s face it—this delicious way to spend your life.” —Playbill

 Please visit our previous photo-article— Tony Award Winner GLENN CLOSE Returns to SUNSET BOULEVARD:

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