Glenda Jackson, an award-winning actress and former Labour MP has died.
Jackson’s agent Lionel Larner confirmed her death in a statement,
Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London this morning after a brief illness with her family at her side.
Today we lost one of the world’s greatest actresses and I have lost a best friend of over fifty years.”
According to BBC, Jackson is survived by a son and grandson.
Jackson was born in Cheshire, England in 1936 and had a long career that spanned both the entertainment and political worlds.
She won two Academy Awards in the 70s for Women In Love and A Touch Of Class, two Emmys for Elizabeth R in 1971 and best actress in a play in 2018 when she returned to Broadway in a revival of Edward Albee‘s Three Tall Women.
In 1992, Jackson turned her career to politics, becoming a Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate in the 1992 general election. Her political career lasted until 2015.
Jackson’s agent added that she had recently completed filming the movie The Great Escaper alongside Michael Caine.
Glenda Jackson was 87.
RIP Glenda Jackson, a dazzling original, who won an Oscar for A TOUCH OF CLASS and then served in Parliament as a fierce socialist. She returned to acting decades later, nabbing a Tony as Best Actress in the memorable revival of THREE TALL WOMEN. An uncompromising delight pic.twitter.com/3GmSfzclgz— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) June 15, 2023