Glenda Jackson

Actor, Politician, Waitress
RADA-trained Glenda Jackson was shaped by her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company which she joined in 1964 and specifically by director Peter Brook's experimental Theatre of Cruelty season that year and its Antoine ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1936 in Cheshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (42)

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The House of Bernarda Alba 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rise and Fall of Humpty Dumpty 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

King of the Wind 1990 (Movie)

Queen Caroline (Actor)

Doombeach 1989 (Movie)

Miss (Actor)

The Rainbow 1989 (Movie)

Anna Brangwen (Actor)

Business As Usual 1988 (Movie)

Babs Flynn (Actor)

Salome's Last Dance 1988 (Movie)

Lady Alice (Actor)

Beyond Therapy 1987 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Man Made Famine 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Turtle Diary 1986 (Movie)

Neaera Duncan (Actor)

An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

And Nothing But the Truth 1982 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

The Thames 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Narrator

Giro City 1981 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

The Return of the Soldier 1981 (Movie)

Margaret Grey (Actor)

Health 1980 (Movie)

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Hopscotch 1980 (Movie)

Isobel Von Schmidt (Actor)

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

Patricia Brittenham (Actor)

House Calls 1978 (Movie)

Ann Atkinson (Actor)

Stevie 1978 (Movie)

Florence Margaret Smith/Stevie (Actor)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Sister Alexandra (Actor)

The Class of Miss MacMichael 1977 (Movie)

Conor MacMichael (Actor)

Hedda 1975 (Movie)

Hedda (Actor)

The Incredible Sarah 1975 (Movie)

Sarah Bernhardt (Actor)

The Romantic Englishwoman 1974 (Movie)

Elisabeth (Actor)

The Maids 1973 (Movie)

Solange (Actor)

The Triple Echo 1973 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

Vickie Allessio (Actor)

Il Sorriso del Grande Tentatore 1972 (Movie)

Sister Geraldine (Actor)

The Nelson Affair 1972 (Movie)

Lady Hamilton (Actor)

Mary, Queen of Scots 1971 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 (Movie)

Alex Greville (Actor)

The Music Lovers 1970 (Movie)

Nina Milukova (Actor)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

Gudrun Brangwen (Actor)

Negatives 1968 (Movie)

Vivien (Actor)

Tell Me Lies 1968 (Movie)

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A Murder of Quality (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabeth R (TV Show)

Actor

Sakharov (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Interlude (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

RADA-trained Glenda Jackson was shaped by her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company which she joined in 1964 and specifically by director Peter Brook's experimental Theatre of Cruelty season that year and its Antoine Artaud-influenced improvisational games. She won acclaim for her chilling performance as an asylum inmate portraying Danton's murderer Charlotte Corday in the 1965 London and New York productions of "Marat/Sade", staged by Brook. And although she made a brief screen appearance as an extra in "This Sporting Life" (1963), her first significant film work was reprising the role of Corday in Brook's 1967 screen version of "Marat/Sade", perhaps auguring the many neurotics she has so brilliantly portrayed on stage and film.

Plain-featured but striking looking, with a gift for conveying blistering disgust or contempt with her curled lip, her clipped, almost spitting delivery and her cold stare, Jackson has nonetheless played a wide range of roles from queens, romantics, seductresses and sensualists to independent women and intellectuals; she has excelled at portraying high-strung, strong-willed and sexually rapacious women in notable films by such directors as Ken Russell ("The Music Lovers" 1971), John Schlesinger ("Sunday, Bloody Sunday" 1973) and Joseph Losey ("The Romantic Englishwoman" 1975).

Jackson won two Best Actress Oscars, for her roles in Russell's D.H. Lawrence adaptation, "Women in Love" (1970) and for her change of pace performance in Melvin Frank's light romantic comedy "A Touch of Class" (1973). She also won two Emmys for her portrait of Queen Elizabeth I from youth to old age on the series "Elizabeth R" (shown in the USA on PBS in 1972).

Jackson made an assured switch to middle-aged roles in the mid-1970s, beginning with the Hepburn-Tracy style comedy, "House Calls" (1978), opposite Walter Matthau. In 1992, Jackson won a seat in the British Parliament as a member of the Labour Party and retired from acting.

Relationships

Roy Hodges

Husband
married in 1958 divorced in 1976 met while Jackson was performing with the Crewe repertory theater and he was stage manager c. 1957

Daniel Hodges

Son
born in 1969 father, Roy Hodges on February 21, 1992 lost his left eye when a broken beer glass was shoved in his face after he stood up for two black men who were being taunted by whites in a south London pub

Harry Jackson

Father

Joan Jackson

Mother

Andy Phillips

Companion
together from 1975 until c. 1991

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1955 - 1957
won a two-year scholarship

West Kirby County Grammar School for Girls

Milestones

2000

Appointed as advisor on homelessness by London mayor Ken Livingstone

1999

Resigned from her junior minister position and announced candidacy for the post of mayor of London; lost Labor primary to Frank Dobson

1997

Named minister of rail transport by Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair

1992

Ran against Tory Conservative Oliver Letwin for a seat in the House of Commons as the Labour Candidate from the Hampstead and Highgate sections of London; won election

1983

The Glenda Jackson Theatre opened in Hoylake

1974

Formed Bowden Productions with American producer Robert Enders after they made "The Maids" (1974); subsequently made "Hedda" (1975), "Nasty Habits" (1976), and "Stevie" (1978) together

1967

Reprised role of Charlotte Corday in the Peter Brook film of "Marat/Sade"

1965

Broadway debut, "Marat/Sade"

1965

Made film acting debut in "Benefit of the Doubt," about the staging of the RSC production of the play "US" (directed by Peter Whitehead)

1965

Starred as Charlotte Corday in London premiere of "Marat/Sade"

1964

Appeared in Peter Brook's and Charles Marowitz's experimental Theatre of Cruelty season, sponsored by the RSC at LAMDA

1964

Played one of title character's girlfriends in London stage production of "Alfie"

1963

Joined Royal Shakespeare Company

1963

Film debut as an extra in a party scene (as one of a group singing "For he's a jolly good fellow") in "This Sporting Life"

1957

Made stage debut in "Separate Tables" at Worthing, England

1957

London stage debut in "All Kinds of Men"

Family moved to her father's birthplace in Hoylake, England when she was a year old

Worked as a saleswoman at Boots' pharmacy in Nottingham before entering RADA

Went two years with almost no acting work at all; worked as shop assistant, waitress, switchboard operator and as saleswoman at Woolworths

Bonus Trivia

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Jackson was named after the 1930s American film actress Glenda Farrell as well as her grandmother May.

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Jackson's former husband Roy Hodges was reputed to have said about her: "If she'd gone into politics she'd be prime minister; if she'd gone into crime she'd be Jack the Ripper."

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"She was a monster, frankly." – director Peter Eyre quote in Glenda Jackson: The Biography by Chris Bryant

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She received a honorary Doctor of Letters from Liverpool University in 1978.

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"I hate the idea of acting being some kind of mystical process. It isn't. I mean you do as much as an individual can do; you clear the undergrowth, you get rid of the stuff that isn't useful, you discard the ideas that aren't right. You do everything you can, both physically and mentally, to be ready for something else to happen. That's what the performance is: is something else going to happen? I suppose there's a kind of mystery element in that, but I don't like the idea of it being entirely a process that is without any kind of guiding sense." – Jackson quoted in David Nathan's 1984 biography Glenda Jackson

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Jackson's longtime agent Peter Crouch said of her: "I never thought she was going to be the easiest actress to promote. She has an individual quality which I reckoned was not going to appeal to everybody. But there is an enormous sex appeal. Something exudes from her like it does from a very healthy animal. She hasn't a high opinion of her own physical attractions. She once told me, 'I don't know why I keep getting all these scripts with nude scenes. I've got varicose veins, piano legs and no tits.' But the camera falls in love with her. A lighting cameraman once told me it was because she had 'wonderful lighting about the eyes' by which it turned out that he meant she had high cheek bones. So forget the ski-run nose and the snaggle tooth; the eyes are the things that matter in films." – from David Nathan's 1984 biography Glenda Jackson

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She received the Women's Project's Exceptional Achievement Award in 1988.

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Jackson underwent an emergency appendectomy on Oct. 23, 1999.

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