Glenn Close to receive Icon Award at Palms Springs International Film Festival

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Glenn Close in “The Wife.”

PALM SPRINGS, California – For her performance in “The Wife,” Glenn Close will receive the Icon Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s annual Film Awards Gala.

The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and “Entertainment Tonight,” is set for Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs Jan. 3-14, according to a news release.

“Glenn Close is a rare and enduring talent who has consistently brought challenging characters to life on film, television and stage for over four decades,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “In her latest feature film, ‘The Wife,’ she gives a tour-de-force performance as the perfect spouse, who relinquishes her own ambitions to propel her husband’s career.  It is our honor to present the 2019 Icon Award to Glenn Close.”

Past recipients of the Icon Award include Willem Dafoe, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

In 2011, the Palm Springs International Film Festival presented Close with the Career Achievement Award for her performance in “Albert Nobbs.”

In “The Wife,” Joan Castleman (Close) has spent 40 years sacrificing her own identity and dreams to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behavior with undiminished grace and humor. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises – and Joan has reached a turning point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, Joan confronts the biggest sacrifice of her life and some long-buried secrets. Directed by Bjorn Runge from a screenplay by Jane Anderson, based on the best-selling book by Meg Wolitzer, “The Wife” also stars Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke and Elizabeth McGovern.  The film is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting awards season for Close. As previously reported, she also will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image at its 32nd annual Salute Dec. 3 at the 583 Park Ave event space in New York,

A six-time Academy Award nominee, Close made her feature debut in “The World According to Garp,” earning her first Oscar nomination. She was subsequently nominated for Oscars for “The Big Chill,” “The Natural,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Albert Nobbs,” for which she was also co-screenwriter, producer and lyricist on the Golden-Globe nominated song, “Lay Your Head Down.”

Along with starring in Anderson’s film adaptation of “The Wife,” she stars as well as in Anderson’s play, “The Mother of the Maid,” on stage at New York’s Public Theater through Dec. 23.  Her theater credits include “Love for Love,” “The Crucifer of Blood,” “Barnum” (for which she earned a Tony nomination) and Tony Awards for her performances in “The Real Thing,” “Death and the Maiden” and “Sunset Boulevard.”

Starting in 2007, Close headlined on television the legal thriller “Damages” for five seasons, winning two consecutive Best Actress Emmy Awards. Her 12 Golden Globe nominations include a Best Actress Award for a television production of “The Lion in Winter. “Among her 12 Emmy nominations is a Best Actress Award for “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” which also earned her a Peabody Award as executive producer.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.

-BAM

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