Jessie and Glenn Close

Jessie and Glenn Close

From a young age, Actress Glenn Close and her sister Jessie led different lives. In the 1950s, their parents joined a religious cult and the family splintered apart. While Glenn pursued acting in New York, Jessie started hearing voices and ended up in Montana on a path of self-destruction. The sisters grew distant. But after Jessie’s son became suicidal, Jessie reached out to Glenn for help. Join Diane for a discussion with Glenn and Jessie Close about their family’s struggle with mental illness and their work to end the stigma surrounding psychological disorders.


  • Pete Earley author of thirteen books. His best-seller: "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness," was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2007. He is a former Washington Post reporter. His the father of an adult son diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
  • Jessie Close author and advocate. She is the author of "Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness" and "The Warping of Al." She writes a regular blog for, an organization created by her sister, actress Glenn Close.
  • Glenn Close actress. She has appeared in numerous plays and films, including "Albert Nobbs," "Fatal Attraction," "101 Dalmatians," "The Big Chill," and "The Natural." Her acting awards include the Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Awards, as well as six Academy Award nominations.

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Excerpt from RESILIENCE by Jessie Close. Copyright (c) 2015 by Jessie Close. Used with permission by Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.


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