Who: Actress Glenn Close.
Event: Mental health symposium at the Reserve Officers Association on Wednesday.
Bona fides: Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony Awards; mental health activist.
Backup: Sister Jessie Close, who has bipolar disorder, and Jessie’s terrier, Snits.
What she wants: To de-stigmatize the treatment of mental health disorders.
How she looked: Casual, elegant, tweed jacket with elbow patches.
How she sounded: Theatrical. Close performed two monologues (one as an Upper East Side mental health advocate, another as a Montana rancher) and scene-setting portrayals of mentally ill vagrants she encountered back in her early Broadway days.