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Celebvocate: Glenn Close on the Excellence in Mental Health Act


Glenn Close with Sen. Roy Blunt (right) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (left) at the news conference. (Susan Walsh/AP)

One in an occasional series on the stars who bring their causes to Washington. Wednesday’s visitor: Glenn Close

Event: Press conference on the Excellence in Mental Health Act, a bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee last week.

Setting: Lyndon B. Johnson room in the Capitol.

Bona fides: Six-time Oscar nominee most famous for her ’80s movies (“Fatal Attraction,” “Dangerous Liaisons”); more recently seen on TV starring in “Damages” and “The Shield.”

Back-ups: Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); mental health experts and law enforcement officials.

What she wants: Erase the stigma and discrimination issues surrounding mental illness, which are also the goals of her foundation,“Bring Change 2 Mind.” Also, to pass the bill, which would expand access to community mental health services.

How she looked: Business-like but comfortable in a leather coat over black shirt, pants and flats.

How she sounded: Thoughtful, stoic. Her sister Jessie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder six years ago; her nephew has schizophrenia.

Sound bite: “Our passion is to make mental illness as easy to talk about as diabetes or cancer. . . rather than something that we need to whisper about behind closed doors or feel fearful and ashamed.”

Read more about recent celebvocates and even more about celebvocates from past years.

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