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Glenn Close and her daughter, Annie Starke, star in the latest Q&A and video edition, wearing the English fashion designer’s black and white tailored suits. Filmed at McCartney’s downtown New York store, the mother-daughter pair chat about their relationship, careers and involvement with the Puppies Behind Bars program.
“We both have a really silly side and bring out that silliness in each other. We also are extremely close — no pun intended — so we didn’t have to pretend any of that aspect of the shoot,” Close says of being on set with her 29-year-old daughter. “I have deep admiration for her as a woman and as a simply all-around good human being.”
Starke adds that her childhood in Bedford Hills, N.Y., was “beautiful, happy and filled with endless laughter,” thanks to her mom and dad, producer John H. Starke.
Close and Starke also brought along their adorable pups, Pip, who Close refers to as “Sir Pippin of Beanfield,” and Mr. Big for the fashion shoot.
Given Close’s tight-knit relationship with her dog, it’s no wonder she’s a strong supporter of Puppies Behind Bars, a program that trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection dogs for law enforcement.
“I am very proud to have sponsored two dogs,” says Close. “I plan to sponsor one every year. Growing up surrounded by dogs, I have known first hand, from a very early age, how much they enrich our lives, providing humor, companionship, comfort and … always … love.”
When it comes to fashion, the Oscar-nominated actress believes it can empower women both on- and off-screen.
“I played Teddy Barnes in Jagged Edge, a breakout movie, at the time, in which the leading lady was a lawyer. Ann Roth designed some wonderful ‘power’ suits for me, which helped define my character in the courtroom,” recalls Close, who adds that she also wore “fabulous suits” during her turn as Patti Hughes on the legal thriller TV series Damages.
“In my life, I always feel most powerful and relaxed in clothes that are basically classical, comfortable and made out of beautiful fabrics — nothing too ‘in,’ says the actress, who recently starred in the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard. “I feel powerful when I feel true to myself.”
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