Glenn Close Says Norma Desmond “Haunted Her” on Today

News   Glenn Close Says Norma Desmond “Haunted Her” on Today
The Tony-winning star discussed reprising her role on Broadway.

Tony-winning actor Glenn Close stopped by The Today Show January 26 to speak to Matt Lauer about reprising her role as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway beginning February 2.

Close confessed that when she played Norma Desmond the first time around—22 years ago—the role haunted her after she left the show. “I had a six-year-old daughter, and all of a sudden from every night being this larger-than-life woman, I went back to making sandwiches for lunch,” said Close. “It was as if Norma was sitting across saying, ‘Children? Sandwiches? Where am I?’”

Close feels much affection for the role that won her a Tony. “You delve down, and you try to understand the why of someone's behavior, and in that journey I always find a place to love them,” she said.

Close considers returning to the role a “luxury of going back to a character as rich as Norma Desmond” and that the story of the aging silent film star is “as relevant as ever.”


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