Glenn Close recently withdrew from the 2023 Oscars as a presenter for what could’ve been an Air Force One reunion with Harrison Ford.
EW has confirmed that the eight-time Academy Award nominee was set to present with Ford during Sunday night’s Oscars telecast on ABC, but the 75-year-old actress will no longer be part of the ceremony due to a positive test of the virus owing to the pandemic. The Associated Press first reported that the performer tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend.
“Yes she has Covid and she is of course required to bow out. She was very much looking forward to taking part,” a representative for Close tells EW via email.
Close and Ford starred in director Wolfgang Petersen’s 1997 thriller about the hijacking of the U.S. president’s (Ford) titular aircraft, which his vice president (Close) monitors on the ground from the White House Situation Room.
In addition to grossing $315 million at the global box office, the film received two Oscar nominations at the 1998 ceremony, for Best Sound and Best Film Editing.
It is needless to mention that Close is one of the industry’s most celebrated living actresses, having racked up eight competitive Oscar nominations across her career, including for work in iconic films like Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons.
Most recently, she attended the Oscars as a nominee for her supporting performance in the 2020 film Hillbilly Elegy.