Glenn Close: From her long dance with Oscar to finding herself at 71

LOS ANGELES – This year, Oscar’s got a crush on Glenn Close.

It’s two days after the legendary actress has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best actress, her latest in a long line of wins for “The Wife.” Each edges her closer to the hallowed Oscar stage in a best actress race that experts are calling hers to lose.

But Close has been here before. Six times, actually, starting with her first Oscar nomination in 1982 for “The World According to Garp.”

Close, 71, recalls going to a lunch for actresses in those “Garp” days, “and I saw people who were actually almost shaking because they were so concerned about whether they were going to win or not. It consumed them. I honestly have never felt that way. … I also have felt if it ever starts meaning that I would lose sleep about it, my head is in the wrong place.”

Today, she sits in a spare Century City conference room, a camel coat thrown over her shoulders, her Havanese pup Pip snoozing atop the long table. “He doesn’t like to be on the floor, he likes to see people,” she explains while helping him up.

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