Glenda Jackson, an actress and two-time Oscar winner, passes away at 87.

Glenda Jackson, an actress and two-time Oscar winner

Glenda Jackson, an 87-year-old former UK politician and two-time Oscar-winning performer, passed away peacefully after a brief illness.

Glenda Jackson, a politician and two-time Academy Award winner, passed away quietly in her London home this morning following a brief illness, according to her agent Lionel Larner.

She just wrapped up production on “The Great Escaper,” in which she acted with Michael Caine.

Regarding his friendship with Jackson, Larner also made a personal statement. “Today we lost one of the world’s greatest actresses and I have lost a best friend of over 50 years,” he said.

Jackson, who was born in the English town of Birkenhead in 1936, joined an amateur theatre company when he was a youngster before being awarded a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

She gained fame in London’s West End after graduation, and in 1965, she made her Broadway debut in a performance of “Marat/Sade.”

The screen came next. She earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress for the part she played opposite Oliver Reed in the 1969 historical drama “Women in Love.”

Her second came shortly after, for the 1973 romantic comedy “A Touch of Class”—two years after her well-known portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I in the BBC biopic “Elizabeth R” and the historical drama “Mary, Queen of Scots.”

She entered politics in 1992 and, when the party was in opposition, she was elected as a Labour MP. She served as an MP for 23 years, during which Tony Blair’s party easily won the election.

Jackson was designated a junior transport minister during that period and served in that capacity for two years. In 2000, she ran for mayor of London but was defeated by independent Ken Livingstone.

Although she never held positions of authority in politics, she became renowned for her courage.

Jackson, a fierce opponent of previous Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, famously criticised her on the day of her burial in 2013 after parting out with Blair as he led Britain into the Iraq War.

The actor made a stage comeback in 2016 by taking the lead in a West End version of “King Lear.” Jackson gained more recognition when, in 2018, she won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of “Three Tall Women.”

According to IMDb, “The Great Escaper,” her most recent on-screen endeavour, is now in post-production.

She truly was a highly accomplished, clever, and captivating actress, said actor Michael Warburton, who most recently starred in the Netflix suspense film The Strays.

On Twitter, retired British professional boxer Frank Bruno expressed his admiration for the actor by writing: “RIP Glenda Jackson.” She introduced herself to me by saying, “I understand you fight people for a living,” to which I replied, “Your a distinguished actress.” She was a charming lady.

The Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn in the UK, Tulip Siddiq, tweeted: “Devastated to hear of the passing of my predecessor Glenda Jackson. an outstanding actress, a tough politician, and a great mentor to me. Kilburn and Hampstead will miss you, Glenda.

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