Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless novels for young readers, including Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; The Truth of Me; The Poet's Dog; and My Father's Words. She is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.
is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award-winning actress who made her feature film debut in The World According to Garp
. Her performance earned Close her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons
, and most recently, Albert Nobbs
, which she also cowrote and produced. Among her television credits is the highly-acclaimed TV legal drama, Damages
, for which she has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe as Best Actress.
In 2009, Close participated in the launch of Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization working to end the stigma, misunderstanding, and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of her first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Her sister, Jessie, lives with bipolar disorder and Jessie's son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder.