Washington, DC - Apr 3, 2012 - Multiple award-winning actress Glenn Close will receive the 2012 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for her role as an advocate working to eliminate the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Close, whose career includes critically acclaimed performances in film, television and on Broadway, will receive the award at the NABEF's annual awards gala on June 11.
The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. Considered NABEF's highest individual honor, the award will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America gala held June 11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Close made her film debut alongside Robin Williams in "The World According to Garp," earning her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her roles in "The Big Chill," "The Natural," "Fatal Attraction" and "Dangerous Liaisons." She was nominated for an Academy Award again in 2012 as Best Actress for her title role in "Albert Nobbs," for which she also co-wrote the screenplay and composed the lyrics to the Golden Globe-nominated theme song. Close's other film credits include "The Paper," "Mars Attacks!," "101 Dalmatians" and its sequel "102 Dalmatians," "Air Force One," "Reversal of Fortune" and "Jagged Edge."
In 2009, Close participated in the launch of Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to confronting the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The idea that led to the establishment of BC2M evolved from her first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family.
The organization was created by Close together with her sister Jessie, her nephew Calen, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization). BC2M's mission is to emerge as the world's most effective organization working to eradicate the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed public education materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness. BC2M also acts as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness.
Close also actively supports Puppies Behind Bars and its "Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who've Served Us" program. The initiative teaches prison inmates to train service dogs for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. She co-directed, narrated and co-produced "Pax," a documentary that looks at the program and the effect it has had on one soldier returning home from Iraq with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The film played in film festivals around the country and won an Honorable Mention at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. Close is also a Founding Member of the Panthera Conservation Advisory Committee. Panthera is an international nonprofit whose sole mission is conservation of the world's 36 species of wild cats.