Over the past seven decades, Glenda Jackson was one of the most adored actors in the world. The entertainment business is mourning. Her agent, Lionel Larner, released a statement on June 15 to confirm her passing. Condolences for the venerable actress have kept coming in the days thereafter.
In a statement, he stated that 87-year-old politician and two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson passed away peacefully this morning at her home in London following a brief illness. “I lost a 50-year best friend today, and we lost one of the greatest actresses in the world today.”
Jackson carried on acting till the day of her passing. She recently wrapped up filming on a new movie, The Great Escaper, with co-star Michael Caine, according to her representative. She has several honours, accolades, and credits in the fields of radio, theatre, television, and film.
Michael Caine acknowledged to her as “one of our best cinema actors” after her passing. Continuing, he said that working with Glenda Jackson was a “privilege,” mentioning that this was their second film together. He said, “It was just as wonderful this time as it was fifty years ago.”
Among her most popular productions were Women in Love (1970), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), A Touch of Class (1973), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Hedda (1975), The Incredible Sarah (1976), and Hopscotch (1980). She took a 23-year sabbatical from performing between 1991 and 2015 to focus on a political career.
One of her most noteworthy accomplishments was winning the “Triple Crown of Acting,” which entails winning an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award, making her one of the select few actors and actresses to do so. With one Tony, two Oscars, and three Emmys by the end of her career.
She was also given the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1978. Between 1958 and 1976, she married Roy Hodges just once.
Between 1991 and 2015, Glenda Jackson played professionally for 23 years. During that time, she successfully pursued a political career. She succeeded Geoffrey Finsberg as a Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn in 1992, serving in that capacity until 2015, when Tulip Siddiq took her place.
“I am devastated to hear of my predecessor Glenda Jackson’s passing. A formidable politician, fantastic entertainer, and a great mentor to me. Glenda, we will miss you in Kilburn and Hampstead,” Siddiq said. She was among the most well-liked politicians, and her legacy will be difficult to fill.
Between 1997 and 1999, Jackson succeeded John Bowis as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport in the office of Prime Minister Tony Blair. After her political career came to an end in April 2015, she seamlessly transitioned back into her acting career.
“I was very saddened to learn of Glenda’s passing.” Glenda possessed the same fervour for her lengthy and illustrious playing career as she did for her political endeavours. “A true heroine who will be greatly missed. Dan and everyone who knew and loved her have my sincere condolences, added Blair.