NAMES IN THE NEWS : Glenn Close 'Trying to Be Tall'

From Times Wire Services

Glenn Close insists she fits the part of a prairie woman in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production, "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

"I'm trying to be tall," the 5-foot-4 actress said, raising her skirt just enough to expose her elevated boots. "I've added four inches to my height."

As for plain, she said: "I'm a New Englander and I think of New Englanders as being plain-spoken and unadorned and that kind of thing. There are different interpretations."

Close was in this small southeastern Kansas town to film part of the production scheduled for airing on CBS early next year. Filming in Kansas concluded Saturday.

She plays Sarah Wheaton, a Maine woman who answers a newspaper ad from a newly widowed prairie farmer in 1910. Christopher Walken plays Jacob Witting, the lonely farmer seeking a mother for his two young children.

The movie is based on Patricia MacLachlan's 1985 book that won the Newberry Medal for outstanding children's literature.

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