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“When you look at the roles she’s played, they’re so diverse it can blow your mind,” observed Robert Redford of Glenn Close in a videotaped message screened at Wednesday night’s Celebrate Sundance Institute benefit in New York.

While the Sundance founder was said to be “somewhere on the Appalachian Trail” shooting his new movie, “A Walk in the Woods,” many other luminaries of stage and screen turned out in person to fete the six-time Oscar nominee, who was presented with the Institute’s third annual Vanguard Leadership Award.

“She reminds me of those tough settlers who originally peopled this land: hard-working and committed, but with a wicked sense of humor. A devastating combination,” said presenter Jeremy Irons, who first starred opposite Close on Broadway in the 1983 production of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” for which she won the Best Actress Tony.

On stage, an ebullient Close »

- Scott Foundas

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