Sunset Boulevard is a 1950 Academy Award-winning noir film starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson. The film is often remembered for its final moments, which introduced the phrase "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." into pop culture.
In the 1990s, the film was adapted to a stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (with Don Black and Christopher Hampton).
- In Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting, Oscar the Grouch emerges from his can to be videotaped by Ernie and Bert, covering his face with a paper bag. As he appears, he declares, "Ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille." He utters the same line again, now hampering Miles' video project, in Episode 3790.
- The Sesame English episode "Tingo the Superstar" features movie director Quentin (Roger Bart) recruiting Tingo and Niki to star in his latest feature. Tingo dons some Hollywood-type clothing and declares, "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Quentin."
- In Episode 3955 of Sesame Street, Baby Natasha makes scribbles of all the residents of the street. The Monster Clubhouse elephant arrives to be caricatured and says, "I'm ready for my close-up, Miss Natasha."
- Diahann Carroll played Norma Desmond in the Toronto production
- Petula Clark played Norma Desmond in the second national tour and the 2004 BBC radio concert production
- Glenn Close played Norma Desmond in the Los Angeles, Broadway (both the original and the revival), and West End productions
- Hugh Jackman played Joe Gillis in the Australian production