Glenn Close to Receive Career Achievement Award

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Five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close will be honored with the Career Achievement Award at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's Awards Gala.

The accomplished actress will join past Career Achievement Award recipients Cate Blanchett, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Helen Mirren when the gala kicks off Saturday, January 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner explained how it was easy to award Close the prestigious list.

"Glenn Close has the gift of mesmerizing an audience whenever she performs," Matzner said. "Since her film debut in 1982, Close's ability to capture the essence of a character is unparalleled, be it a femme fatale, a notorious stalker or the trusted aide to a president. To this star, a superstar in every sense of the word, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the 2011 Career Achievement Award to her."

Close's next film, Albert Nobbs, is set to hit theaters on January 27, 2012. The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival runs from January 5-16, 2012.