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Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala

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On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA hosted the Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and presented 31 Awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film, as well as two Princess Grace Statue Awards to artists who have previously won Awards and have shown achievement and growth in their respective fields.  Every year, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) proudly awards these grants at its annual gala to support its mission of providing crucial support to emerging artists in America.  Additionally, award winning actress Glenn Close was honored with the Prince Rainier III Award in recognition of her outstanding career and contribution to the arts. Entertainment for the evening included a performance by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and dancing to DJ Tom Finn. 

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation headquartered in New York City founded more than 25 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly]. The Foundation's mission, that mirrors Princess Grace's in her lifetime, is to support emerging artists in theater, dance and film through the awarding of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants to nearly 500 recipients.

"Glenn Close's extraordinary artistic talent and distinguished career in theater, television and film has been a beacon of inspiration to countless creative young artists, many of whom we acknowledge at this celebration," says the Hon. John Lehman, Chairman of the Board, Princess Grace Foundation-USA. "In the spirit of Princess Grace, it is with great pleasure that we celebrate the achievements of Ms. Close and the creativity, passion and budding talent of our Awards winners."

For a complete list of award recipients please click HERE.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
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Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Prince Albert II of Monaco

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Prince Albert II of Monaco

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Glenn Close

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Glenn Close

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Glenn Close

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Glenn Close

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Glenn Close

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Glenn Close

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Rose Byrne

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Rose Byrne

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Rose Byrne

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Tabatha Coffey

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Tabatha Coffey and Rene Fris

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Rene Fris

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Tabatha Coffey

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Tabatha Coffey and Rene Fris

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Ted Danson

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Ted Danson

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Ted Danson

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Ted Danson

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala

Placido Domingo

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Placido Domingo

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Placido Domingo

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Jeff Goldblum

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Jeff Goldblum

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Jeff Goldblum

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Jeff Goldblum

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Carolyn Gusoff

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Carolyn Gusoff

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Peter Hermann

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Mariska Hargitay

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Mariska Hargitay

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Mariska Hargitay

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Mariska Hargitay

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Mariska Hargitay

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Tommy Hilfiger

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Gilles Noghes

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala

Gilles Noghes

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Celeste Holm and Frank Basile

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Celeste Holm

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Celeste Holm

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Celeste Holm

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Judith Light

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Judith Light

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Judith Light

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Judith Light

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Petra Nemcova

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Petra Nemcova

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Petra Nemcova

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Petra Nemcova

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Petra Nemcova

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Petra Nemcova

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Dick Wolf

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Dick Wolf and Noelle Wolf

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Princess Yasmine Pahlavi

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Princess Yasmine Pahlavi

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Princess Yasmine Pahlavi and Guest

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Christopher Walken

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Christopher Walken

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Bebe Neuwirth

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Bebe Neuwirth

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Bebe Neuwirth

Photo Coverage: Glenn Close Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala
Bebe Neuwirth

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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