In today's TV Week, actress Glenn Close is described incorrectly as having been nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Fatal Attraction." She has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. (Published 1/24/88)

Glenn Close won an Oscar nomination this year playing a psychotic single woman obsessed with a married man in "Fatal Attraction." It's a role she called "Terminator-Woman" and, despite the fame it brought her, one she's trying to put behind her.

This week, her role on Hallmark Hall of Fame's 156th production should go a long way toward achieving that goal. In "Stones for Ibarra," she plays a loving wife who moves to a Mexican village with her husband, only to lose him to leukemia.

Shortly after "Stones for Ibarra" airs Friday on CBS, Close will fly to Europe for the opening there of "Fatal Attraction," a box-office hit whose ending was recast after sneak previews indicated that American audiences didn't like it.

Close, however, preferred the original ending, Alex Forrester's suicide, saying she thought it would be more appropriate to Forrester's emotional state. But because the film became the nation's top box office hit a week after it was released, Close acknowledged that she "felt a little awkward" discussing her own view.

"When it was obvious that they were going to reshoot it, I was concerned. I talked with my father, who is a doctor, to find out what it would be like to be submerged for a long while. They had to hold me under the water physically. When you come to {the surface}, you're wild, you're just wild ... It was the most difficult physical thing I've ever done."

For "Stones for Ibarra," she has chopped off the curly hair style that Alex Forrester wore in an effort to "distance myself from Alex."

The story of San Franciscans Sara and Richard Everton, who move to a Mexican village to live in a dilapidated house he inherited, is a much gentler one, a story of values and different cultures.

"It's a story I was very, very moved by," said Close last week. "I'm quite superstitious. When we were filming, I didn't go to any dailies. I read the script first and I read the book and I was, very impressed with the adaptation. I loved the novel, and the script is one of the most beautiful I've ever come across.

"'Stones for Ibarra' is very interesting because it's about two different cultures and about how we confront death and loss." The ending, Richard Everton's death from leukemia, is touching, she said. "It broke me up."

Harriet Doerr, who wrote the book -- her first -- in 1984 at 74, visited the set in Arizona. "She's fantastic," said Close. "She came out to where we were filming. She was amazed that the set was exactly as she had pictured it."

And the title? "In Mexico there's a custom that along the road there are piles of stones to mark something, some event. It doesn't mean that someone is buried there -- it means remembrance."

Close stars with Oscar-winner Keith Carradine, who was paired in December with Mare Winningham in NBC's "Eye on the Sparrow." "We finished just before Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time -- he's a wonderful guy. And all the wonderful Hispanic actors ... All of the people in this story come across as individuals. There are no stereotypes. Sara and Richard and all the people of Ibarra seem very real.

"To me the story is a true human comedy in the deepest sense because you get tragedy right next to comedy. She {Doerr} created characters with a sense of love, and non-judgmental: Nobody's perfect, but you see their humanity. Every character is basically an innocent. They are victims of their history and of circumstance, of things they can't control.

"The basic ingredient for quality work is always the written word. The triumph of both the novel and the teleplay is that the story is both rich and, at the same time, subtle. It's very unusual for something with so many layers of meaning and interpretation, with so many soft shadings, to be done for television. The novel translates onto the screen as something entertaining, moving and highly original.

"There's no way in the world it would have been filmed without Hallmark," said Close. "I was told that they looked for scripts that wouldn't otherwise be produced."

Close's new Trillium Production Co., formed last March with partner John Starke, was already developing a production for Hallmark from the 1986 Newbery Award-winning book, Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

"Stones for Ibarra" marks only the fourth television play for Close, an Emmy nominee in 1984 for "Something About Amelia." In 1979 she appeared in "Too Far to Go," based on several John Updike stories, and in "Orphan Train," based on a novel by Dorothea G. Petrie.

She has in fact done more work on the stage than on film. Just out of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., she joined the New Phoenix Repertory Company's 1974-75 season, and made her Broadway debut in "Love for Love" when she replaced Mary Ure. That summer she joined Washington's Shakespeare Summer Festival company, playing Katharine in "The Taming of the Shrew."

Washington Post drama critic Richard L. Coe, reviewing the performance at Virginia's Great Falls National Park, wrote: "... though this is a professional company that boasts no well-known names, it does provide a chance to see a distinctive talent that one day may become a distinguished one. Of its Katharine, you may someday say, 'I knew Glenn Close when.' For Miss Close has that peculiar, elusive quality of being striking while she is motionless. She can 'take the stage.' ... Director Hal Prince spoke glowingly of her, and one now understands why."

Ten years later, Close was indeed distinguished, having won a Tony Award for Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing."

"I miss the stage very much," said Close, "and it's a great comfort to me knowing that I can always go back to the stage. It's a luxury to be able to do movies. I'm fascinated by movies; with each one I learn something more. The luxury is that you don't say, 'I'll be at this for years.' But I've never been bored. Long runs are almost the opposite: You have the opportunity to hone your role.

"The hardest thing for me in a long run in the theater is actually getting to the stage door ... on a balmy evening, for example, when you'd like to take a walk ... Once I get in, I'm fine."

Close received her first Tony nomination while starring in "Barnum," in the 1980-81 season, where she was spotted by director George Roy Hill, who cast her in the 1982 film version of John Irving's "The World According to Garp" starring Robin Williams. Her film debut, as Jenny Fields, Garp's mother, earned her the first of three Oscar nominations. The others were for "The Big Chill" in 1983 and "The Natural," based on Bernard Malamud's novel, in 1984.

That same year she also made "The Stone Boy," followed by "Maxie" and "Jagged Edge" in 1985 and "Fatal Attraction" last year. In 1986, she returned to the stage, starring in Michael Frayne's "Benefactors" on Broadway.

Having thus achieved star status on stage, film and television, Close was invited back to her alma mater last March. A distinguished graduate, with a major in drama and minor in anthropology, she is a member of that school's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

"I spent a whole day at the theater and had a dialogue with them and saw a play in the evening," she said. "I was very, very nervous. When you have good memories of something you don't want those memories to be damaged. But it was even better, I thought.

"I had a wonderful Shakespeare professor and philosophy professor -- I was able to see all my favorite professors. They were all characters. I think that's one thing that makes a university great.

"I had a wonderful time there. It was incredible going to school when you really felt that you were ready for it {she was 22 when she enrolled}, so I just lapped everything up. I was really happy that I went to a liberal arts school and majored in drama because I think a good education leaves you curious all the rest of your life. That's my legacy from William and Mary. I still have all my textbooks. I still think I'll read them all again some day. Sometimes when I go into a bookstore, I'll pick up a book -- say, a biology textbook -- and look it over."

Close, who will be 41 in March, may have time to look over her old college textbooks when she returns from the European press tour to await the arrival of her first child in late April or early May. She knows the sex of her child, she said, but won't tell. Whichever, she can always name the baby after herself.