Glenn Close in a furry sack dress: awesome or awful?


Here’s what just happened – I was looking through the new photos, seeing if there was anyone important that I needed to write about from the Emmys, when I came upon these photos of Glenn Close receiving a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Now… I love Glenn Close. I think she’s gorgeous and epically talented and just a really cool lady. I love her hair right now and I love how she seems very comfortable in her own skin. BUT THIS DRESS.

It’s not even a dress. It’s a sack with a fur trim. If the fur is fake, you can bet that Angelina Jolie is lusting after this shapeless sack as we speak. Dear God, why did Glenn do this to herself? She has a great figure. She has the kind of coloring where she pull off almost anything – why a hideous brown sack? Why the fur trim??!

Maybe Glenn just doesn’t care. If I was Glenn Close, I probably wouldn’t care either. But she had just worn a nice suit the day before (I’ve included a photo), so… it’s not like Glenn doesn’t know how to dress for these events.

The Hollywood Reporter had a great interview with Glenn at the film festival – she not only picked up the lifetime achievement award, she was also promoting Albert Nobbs, that film where she plays a dude:

“This is the first lifetime achievement award I’ver received. And what I am thinking of is the army of people I have collaborated with over the course of my career. They have inspired me. Challenged me,” Glenn Close says.

Calling actors the “alien nation,” Close said that actors make people believe. “Everyone wants to believe something. And we can remind people how connected we are. That, to me, is a privilege. I pledge to continue to find stories that I hope you will love and characters that you can find a common thread of humanity with.”

Earlier in the day, Close talked to reporters about her work in Rodrigo Garcia’s gender-bending Albert Nobbs, how difficult it is to find work as an over-35 woman in Hollywood and her possibilities for an Oscar.

“I think it’s a story that carries a lot of resonance today,” Close said about the film she wrote, produced and starred in after waging a 15 year campaign to see it to fruition. “Albert Nobbs is about everyone’s wanting to feel safe and connected.”

Close even burst into song on demand at the press conference, blushing afterwards, and explaining how she sang a song from Sunset Boulevard while courting financing for the film at a dinner in Texas. She said she was delighted that not one penny of the financing had come from Hollywood and that the project had brought financing from people entirely removed from filmmaking to the table.

But questions about the ever elusive Oscar award were most persistent.

“It would be wonderful to be nominated for an Oscar. It’s been a few years. But when I started in this career, I decided not to be motivated by money or awards, only to choose well-written scripts and stories I wanted to tell,” Close said.

However, referencing the Donostia Awards ceremony that would take place in a few hours, it was clear how much the award meant to her.

“I’m incredibly moved. When you start in this career, you never know where your next job will come. You make choices for personal reasons and then you get to a stage where you have a body of work and you had only hoped to not compromise yourself. It is very special to be honored for something as fragile as the life of an actor.”

So what’s next for Close?

“I would like to start writing again, but starting with a blank page. I’ve never done that and it might be my next challenge. I already have an idea and I think I’d like to do something from scratch.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

It’s so odd that Glenn has never won an Oscar. She’s just one of those ladies who never got recognized for her best performances – like Julianne Moore, or Patricia Clarkson. Meanwhile, Hilary Swank has two Best Actress Oscars. Ugh.

Here’s a clip from Albert Nobbs:





Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. HeiN says:

    That’s just… Wrong.

  2. Callli Pygian says:

    I can honestly say I think it is the most unattractive dress I’ve ever seen.

    But her hair & make-up are lovely.

  3. sassenach says:

    I really wish people would stop crapping on Hilary Swank for having two Oscars. She is a phenomenal actress.

  4. Rita says:

    Love Glenn but if one doesn’t want to spend a lot of time picking out a dress…that’s the one to wear. Even the fur looks embarrassed for her.

  5. Ron says:

    This looks like someone ran out of time on Project Runway. Here, you have feathers and burlap and 20 minutes…GO!

  6. Zombie Nurse says:

    When I read the title of the post I thought “furry sack” was just your clever way of describing an ill-fitting dress. I didn’t realize that she would be wearing an actual furry sack.

  7. machiavelli says:


    May be Suri Cruise designed it.

  8. RobN says:

    I’d like to think my husband wouldn’t let me leave the house looking like that.

  9. bagladey says:

    Well, that surely is a “furry sack”. FAIL.

  10. Danziger says:

    @ sassenach – I agree.

    As for the dress, I hate the color and I don’t like fur in general, but in my eyes, two things make a right here. I don’t know why, I must be going insane. If only the hemline reached to the ground, it just ends at an awkward length.

  11. Eve says:

    On topic: the dress is a complete and unmitigated disaster. Needless to say that I hate the fur part. Hate it.

    I do, however, think she looks good for her age (her face doesn’t seem overdone to me, I mean).

    It’s so odd that Glenn has never won an Oscar.

    When she didn’t win for Dangerous Liaisons I almost felt personally robbed. I know they wanted to honor Jessica Tandy but really…Close as Marquise de Merteuil is one of the most impressive performances I have ever seen.

    She’s just one of those ladies who never got recognized for her best performances – like Julianne Moore, or Patricia Clarkson. Meanwhile, Hilary Swank has two Best Actress Oscars. Ugh.

    I’m not insulted by the fact Hilary Swank has two Oscars. Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Cries-A-Lot Portman winning one each and Jodie Foster having two of them is what boggles my mind.

  12. SEF says:

    In my eyes, she truly CAN wear a sack if she wants to, b/c she’s awesome no matter what.

  13. Cheyenne says:

    Oh no she didn’t…

  14. SEF says:

    Ugh to these Oscar winners: Natalie Portman, Gwyneth, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon. All decent but no way Oscar-worthy.

    Meanwhile, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, and the ladies mentioned by Eve . . . emptyhanded. Not to mention Meryl Streep who should have way more Oscars than she does.

    What’s the message here? It’s a popularity contest. Young and pretty wins it.

  15. L says:

    Hilary Swank might be annoying-but her two oscar winning roles in Boys Don’t cry and Million Dollar baby are awesome. She’s awesome in them.

    What I find hard to believe is Julia Roberts, Charleze Theron, and Goop. Those are insulting.

  16. RocketMerry says:

    The Oscars are just so overrated. So many incredibly talented actresses that have so little recognition from the Academy.
    Meryl Streep only has two, for crying out loud. I always have to check, btw, to make sure they are STILL only two.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Love Glenn Close, always will. From her high brow stuff to Cruella DeVille, she is uniquely talented and beyond versatile in her craft.

    But that dress …. Why hide such a lovely figure under that? Bad color, bad cut and don’t get me stared about wearing fur.

  18. Girlnone says:

    Is that fur or maribou feathers? Either way, it’s hideous.

  19. Kelly says:

    The dress is awful, it absolutely goes without saying, but she is STUNNING. Her hair, her makeup, her SKIN – it’s so beautiful, it glows… How the heck old is she? (Just looked it up – 64!) She looks better than a lot of actresses 1/3 her age.

  20. WickedSteppMom says:

    Looks like a hot dog w/black mold at one end. Ick.

  21. Rosa says:

    I love Glenn but that dress is ugly! The suit, on the other hand, “suits” her quite well!

  22. Wresa says:

    “When she didn’t win for Dangerous Liaisons I almost felt personally robbed. I know they wanted to honor Jessica Tandy but really…Close as Marquise de Merteuil is one of the most impressive performances I have ever seen.”

    AMEN AMEN AMEN!! Maybe this dress is revenge upon us all. In that regard, GO GLEN!! lol

  23. galaxy.girl says:

    Well She looks comfy HEHE…She can do what she wants 🙂

  24. Julie says:

    Very beautiful and talented woman. Dress is horrible though. And don’t agree with the Hillary bashing either. She gave great performances for those.

  25. wunderkindt says:

    Does her stylist harbor a grudge?

  26. JaneWonderfalls says:

    Horrible!The material looks like it’s still being made, I don’t know what to say…Just a fashion disaster!

  27. SueAnn says:

    She will always be cool because she is the Boo Box guy on the movie Hook. Love her hair above!

  28. Kat says:

    Looks like that dress is from Katie Holmes’ new line, ‘Haus of FUG’.

    Fur sack, indeed.

  29. fizXgirl314 says:

    Who cares? It’s Glen Close… this woman is so incredible. It’s not that she doesn’t care, it’s that she cares about other things. I think that people who don’t really care about fashion shouldn’t be criticised for their outfits. It’s like criticising a lawyer for not being a good accountant or something… makes no sense :-/

  30. kay says:

    I think it suits her, in a weird dress sort of way.

    The Oscars used to represent talent, but no more. Too many awards shows, too much exposure, means it predictable and boring.

  31. DrM says:

    I agree with kay ^ it does suit her! And she looks FANTASTIC! If I look that good at her age I’ll be thrilled. Soft and feminine without looking like she could disappear in a crowd…

  32. Seabitchy says:

    kaiser, this is one of the best titles yet.

  33. carrie says:

    Hillary Swank deserves her 2 Oscars and Glen Close is awesome

  34. Lara says:

    I don’t care about her dress. For woman/actress of her stature it’s irrelevant. I love her in Damages, totally addicted to this show because of her charisma, wit and powerful screen presence. Let Kim Kardshian worry about outfits…

  35. Firecracker says:

    She is beautiful, and one of my favorite actresses! Except the dress, of course.

  36. LittleDeadGrrl says:


  37. John Wayne Lives says:

    Damn it! I saw the title and my first thought was “Glen Close = Awesome Always! wth kinda question is that?” then I scrolled down, and… damnit!

  38. Phyllis says:

    She looks gorgeous – meaning real.

    The dress is awful but who cares. Most of these celebrities get it wrong but I am impressed that Glenn looks so beautiful and seems to have not much plastic going on here, right?

  39. Andie B says:

    Could the dress be any more unflattering? I like the bronze colour, but it’s time to sack the stylist. She is a great looking lady with a lot of money, I’m sure she can do better than that.

  40. Confuzzle says:

    It would work better if it was longer.

  41. Annie says:

    The dress looks like it could fall off at any minute! Looks like a bronze bathrobe. If I still had my figure at her age I’d want to show it off a little more. Don’t like the dress but I love me some Glenn and her face looks incredible for 64 – if she’s had anything done it’s very subtle. Kind of ironic that some actresses in their 60’s like Glenn and Helen Mirren actually look better to me than all the modern lot who hit the botox at 23. Albert Nobbs looks like a fun movie.

  42. Ron says:

    Jessica Tandy was not nominated the same year as Glenn. Jodie Foster won for The Accused in 1989, the year that Glenn was nominated for Dangerous Liasons. I agree that Glenn performance in Liasons is devastating. The scene at the end of the movie where she takes off her makeup and is destroyed is one of the best performance on film. However, Jodie’s in the Accused is just as good, I feel that she won due to the harrowing topic of the film.

  43. Eve says:

    @ Ron:

    You’re right. She was nominated in 1989 for her role in Dangerous Liaisons.

    I’ll have to disagree with you though — had it been Tandy as I previously thought I’d have understood the homage thing. Foster, on the other hand, never deserved any of the two Oscars she won (in my opinion, I’ve already mentioned on other threads that I don’t like her acting). So…it’s even more unfair that Close didn’t win the Best Actress award that year.

    P.S.: The last scene is indeed amazing. No words are said yet all the emotions are shown during that moment. She’s flawless in that movie. Flawless.

  44. Darlene says:

    I think it’s feathers. Regardless, it’s hideous, right down to the color.

  45. I Choose Me says:

    Love her, fur sack or no.

    Is it just me or does her Albert Nobbs persona look like a thinner version of Robin Williams?