Saturday, July 13, 2024

Glenn Close Wins the Spirit Award, Then Heads to Armani Rodeo Drive for Splashy A List Salute


Saturday was Glenn Close Day in Hollywood.

First the estimable Ms. Close won the Indie Spirit Award in Santa Monica for her movie “The Wife” as Best Actress. She brought her dog, Pippy.

Then she changed into a black pants suit and headed to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for an A list salute at the Armani boutique. Pippy was remanded to handlers, but daughter Annie Starke– who plays Glenn as a young woman in “The Wife”– came with her mom.

Samuel L. Jackson, Mary Kay Place and loads of celebs packed the elegant store for a toast to Glenn– who we think will win the Oscar tonight. We can only hope.

Will Pippy be coming to the Oscars? “She couldn’t get a credential,” wise cracked Glenn’s publicist of 38 years, the always stylish Catherine Olim. Catherine and I reminisced about a cover story I assigned on Glenn in 1989 (we were in grade school!). The great novelist Mary Gordon (“Final Payments”) did the piece. Annie was a toddler. The story was such a hit that Glenn, ever the lady, wrote me a thank you note!

(The only other personal notes I ever got after interviews were from Meryl Streep, Barbara Bel Geddes, and Tom Selleck. And one more from Barbara Walters, but that’s another story.)

Annie told us a hilarious story later about how Pippy traveled to Europe when Glenn shot “The Wife.” Annie said, “He went on a separate plane with other Hollywood pets. He met a parrot on the way over!”

Someone asked how Glenn, who has never been known for doing a lot of press, has held up the last few days pre-Oscar. “She hates it,” Annie said, “but she’s doing it1.” And probably sending thank you notes!



photo c 2019 Showbiz411 Glenn Close with the director and producer of “The Wife”




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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