google-site-verification=0bx1QYafX4YUxAV2RLbOiDD2WzOMRAju_YMPZqdCR1E Glenda Jackson, fearless actor and politician, dies aged 87

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Glenda Jackson, fearless actor and politician, dies aged 87

Glenda Jackson has died at her home in London at the age of 87 after a "short illness".

Her agent, Lionel Lerner, said in a statement: "Double Oscar-winner, actress and politician Glenda Jackson died this morning with her family at her home in Blackheath, London, after a brief illness. He passed away peacefully at home."

For 60 years, Jackson has traversed the narrow worlds of stage and screen like a giant. That said, hearing a tribute to Shakespeare like this would no doubt have made the famous actress reach for her familiar catchphrase. But, alas, not so for the star, who returned after a 23-year career hiatus to play King Lear at the young age of 82.

Not only did she win an Evening Standard Award for this performance, but she used her brutal reputation to attack award sponsors and get the audience to their feet. For decades, the paper despised her as an actress, opposed her as a member of parliament, and said, "So that makes me think what I did wrong?"

Jackson began living in Birkenhead, Merseyside in 1936, the eldest of four daughters to a stonemason father and a janitor mother. Her childhood dreams of becoming a dancer were dashed when she grew too tall, and she dropped out of West Kirby Girls' Grammar School at age 15 to work in a shoe store.

Persuaded by a friend to join the local theater troupe Citizens Guild, she realized she loved acting, and agreed to attend only if she could win a scholarship. apply to the drama school, Lada.. Done properly. She was still a student there in 1957 when she made her professional stage debut in the seaside town of Worthing in Terrence Rattigan's two-part play Tables Divided.

After six years as an actress and director in repertory theaters across the United States, she eventually caught the attention of the RSC and joined the RSC in 1964 when director Peter Brook produced a season titled The Theater of Cruelty. bottom. He cast her as her prisoner in Peter Weiss' Marat/Shard, playing Charlotte Corday, who killed her Marla. Playwright David Edgar recalled years later that it "changed British theater" and was one of the best he had ever seen. eternally".

She continued acting in films in 1967, by which time she had made her screen debut in Lindsay Anderson's This Sport Life. Her film career took off in earnest two years later when she won her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Women in Love, Ken Russell's adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel. I never won an award.. She later said that she had bequeathed her figurine to her mother, but her mother's vigorous polishing quickly removed the gold.

By the time Women in Love finished, she was six months pregnant with her son Dan. Dunn was the only child of an 18-year marriage to fellow actor-turned-antiques dealer Roy Hodges. But she didn't sit quietly for a while, but two years later she was back in action amidst all the turmoil. Her credits in 1971 included Tchaikovsky's villainous wife in another Russell film, The Music Lover. Queen Elizabeth I from the moving Six Citizens television series, two-time Emmy Award winner Elizabeth R. and the gentle Cleopatra who raised the flag in the first of a series of comedy episodes from BBC's Morecambe and Wise. In 1973, she won her second Oscar for her role as sparring lover Vicky in the romantic comedy A Touch of Class.

She was outspoken about the fact that women weren't given good roles. made the right decision. From her election in 1992 to her resignation in 2015, she turned her back on her former glory and devoted herself to representing the London constituencies of Hampstead and Kilburn as her Labor MPs.

Her hopes for a leadership role in government were dashed by her outspoken opposition to the Iraq war. Opportunities for greatness are limited, for example, if Margaret Thatcher dies in violation of fervent parliamentary etiquette for her salty judgments on the ideology of "greed, selfishness, indifference to weakness, sharp elbows and sharp knees." had been

After her triumphant return to the stage as King Lear, she continued to deliver award-winning performances. 92-year-old capricious widow A in Edward Albee's Broadway production Three Tall Women and Alzheimer's Suffering Maud. There is no longer a character named Elizabeth (Guardian TV critic Lucy Mangan described her as "as next-level talent as ever, plus 40 years of honing her style and sharpening both blades to over 80 degrees." In a very rare way by the way) she was wonderful." ). years of experience).

Later in life, she left her North London base to live in the basement of her son Dan Hodges' (now a political observer whose views differed markedly from her) South London home, where she gardened and raised her grandchildren. I watched. Let us grow up and continue to pour out our utmost contempt on any temporary stupidity or hypocrisy.