Glenn Close: TV Is in Midst of a Golden Age
During acceptance speech for NAB Leadership Award, says TV is the place to be
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/12/2012 9:07:30 AM
She thanked broadcasters, TV and radio, for running her organization's, Bring Change 2 Mind, PSAs, which feature her sister and nephew, both suffering from mental illness, and called on them to help her foster empathy for the mentally ill.
Close got a glowing intro from NAB President Gordon Smith, whose own son suffered from depression.
"Glenn is a humanitarian in every sense of the word," said Smith. Close had a compliment of her own for Smith, saying he could be "George Clooney's brother."
Close began her acceptance speech with praise for TV. She said that after she had done her first movie -- The World According to Garp -- she was offered a well-written TV movie, but her agent told her it would ruin her film career if she did television. She said her answer was: "Has it ruined the careers of Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Judi Dench?" Years later, she said, when she did The Shield, she said she heard that people thought she was washed up because she was doing a series. "All I can say now, is my, how times have changed."
She said they were in the midst of a golden age in television, and it was a place "where everyone wants to be." She thanked the affiliates that "put on our shows," calling them "the engine and inspiration behind the TV industry. "
Dear Glenn Close,
Finally there is an actress in Hollywood who has the courage to help discrimination and stigmatation against human beings who suffer from Mental Illness!!! As you would understand, I lost a marriage of 17 years to this devastating illness that destroys not only individuals but also a family. Thank You, Thank You and Thank You- a Brave and Loving Women who stood up to this horrendous disease. From my Heart I again thank YOU.
Sincerely, Ray Borusky
Raymond Borusky - 6/14/2012 11:58:00 AM EDT
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