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Glenn Close’s acting career has spanned over four decades, giving her memorable roles in films, such as Sarah Cooper in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill (1983) and Cruella De Vil in Stephen Herek’s live-action 101 Dalmatians (1996). However, the role that she may be remembered the most for is Alex Forest in Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction. Forest is a woman with mental health issues who has a one-night stand with married man David Gallagher (Michael Douglas). Forest becomes obsessed with him, eventually stalking him and violently attacking him and his family. Close’s family has a history of mental health issues, and in 2010, she and her family founded Bring Change 2 Mind, “a nonprofit organization built to start the conversation about mental health, and to raise awareness, understanding, and empathy” (“Our Mission”). Regarding how films represent mental health issues, Close has subsequently said, “’I think it in many ways represents the kind of way my profession has perpetrated stigma and misunderstanding, by making people with mental illness usually dangerous or violent and scary’” (“Glenn Close”).
– Jonathan Bartholomy, RAFF Chicago Planning Committee Member
“Glenn Close: Mental Illness Shouldn’t Be Old News.” NPR, 17 May 2012,
http://www.npr.org/2012/05/17/152914882/glenn-close- mental-illness- shouldnt-be- old-
“Our Mission.” bringchange2mind, http://bringchange2mind.org/about-us/our- mission/.
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