Close gets THR's call for Leadership Award

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The Hollywood Reporter will honor Glenn Close with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, recognizing a woman who has been a pioneer in the entertainment industry.

The honor will be bestowed Dec. 5 during The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast that celebrates its Power 100: Women in Entertainment issue. Close joins previous recipients Barbara Walters, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster.

The event, now in its 17th year, again is presented and sponsored by Lifetime Networks, which includes Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network.

This year's program will include a Q&A with Sony Pictures chairman Amy Pascal, Disney Media Networks co-chairman Anne Sweeney and Harpo chairman Oprah Winfrey, moderated by THR editor Elizabeth Guider. In addition, Sigourney Weaver will be a featured speaker.

"Glenn Close is a prolific actress who has achieved a great deal of success in every acting arena," Guider said. "She's an Emmy Award winner and multiple Academy Award nominee, a Tony and Golden Globe winner whose accomplishments go far beyond her accolades. She is a consummate practitioner of the acting craft. With her dedication to the New York independent film community and her long association with the Sundance Institute, the industry doesn't have a more dedicated advocate than Glenn Close."

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a champagne reception sponsored by American Women in Radio & Television, followed by the breakfast program, which will include Lansing's presentation of the Leadership Award to Close, a welcome by Lifetime Networks president and CEO Andrea Wong, remarks by Weaver followed by the Q&A panel.

Close, a five-time Oscar nominee and an Emmy winner, is headlining her first TV series. She recently won an Emmy for her role as Patty Hewes on FX's "Damages" and received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Capt. Monica Rawling on FX's "The Shield." She has received 10 Emmy noms and nine Golden Globe noms.

Close also has been honored with a Crystal Award from Women in Film, a GLAAD Media Award, a People's Choice Award, the National Association of Theatre Owners' Female Star of the Year Award at ShoWest and a Gotham Award for her contributions to the New York independent filmmaking community. Her film credits include "Nine Lives," "101 Dalmatians," "Mary Reilly," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Fatal Attraction," "Jagged Edge," "The Natural," "The World According to Garp" and "The Big Chill."

In addition to Lifetime, this year's breakfast is held in association with Mikimoto. Teleflora also is a participating sponsor.

The Hollywood Reporter is published by Nielsen Business Media, part of the Nielsen Co., a global information and media company. (partialdiff)
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