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Live From the Emmy Press Room: Glenn Close

Glenn Close gave one of my favorite acceptance speeches of the night when she won her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and she was just as gracious a few moments ago in the press room.

"It really is the ride of my career," she said of playing Patty Hewes on Damages. "To have this magnificent part that is as good as any part you would find in a feature film, and to develop her and have it evolve with such an amazing ensemble of writers . . . I'm thrilled."

Close also talked about the "TV Sisterhood of Divas," the "club" she mentioned in her speech with Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench. "After my first movie, I was told by my first agent when I was offered something that it would actually be detrimental to my career if I did something in television, and I just couldn't figure it out," she said. "The English do it, why can't we? I really have for all those years thought of actresses like Helen Mirren and Judi Dench who have done TV series and all kinds of television movies and theater and great — as we know — roles in film. I think the most important thing is go where there's great material because that's how you grow as an artist and that's how you're challenged."

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artime artime 7 years
She's a cool woman - very shy in person - but cool. She was gracious in her award speech, and is spot on with all of the insight about the great British talent. Dench & Mirren are always awesome no matter where they go...because of who they are being & the women that they are in the world! When gracing the small screen they have always raised genre up, brought their presence, power, and class to it and left it completely changed from what it was. Glenn Close gets it now, and she's done the same with her show - doing away with those tawdry assumptions and sterotypes she mentioned. A much deserved award for Ms. Close!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Glenn Close is so deserving of every award she receives. What a wonderful actress and classy lady she is. She has developed Patty Hewes into one of the most complicated, compelling characters in television/film.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that there's defnitely something to be said about continuing to evolve your career and glen close has done just that. we had this impression of the type of work that she did and now that she's on TV doing this amazing show- i think that it's allowing actors to cross over and i'm proud and happy that she won!
yeokr yeokr 7 years
her speech was right on!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
I love it that she said that - may it be on tv or film, it really doesn't matter. If there's greatness involved, it's bound to stand out. And I also like her speech - what she said about strong, complicated women being able to carry a show. What a shout-out to her co-nominees (and inevitably to herself as well! Haha)! Boo-ya!
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