Sunday, June 16, 2024

Two Time Oscar, Emmy Winner, Tony Winner Glenda Jackson Has Died at Age 87, Had Second Career in British Parliament


Glenda Jackson has died at age 87 in England. The former MP in Parliament had a brilliant career as an actress, particularly in the 70s. She won two Oscars on four nominations. She won two Emmys for the same role in 1972. More recently, after leaving Parliament, she returned to Broadway twice and won a Tony Award for Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. It was her fifth nomination since 1996.

Jackson was acerbic and eccentric, a character actress who played leads, which is why she was so good. She one more film coming up, with Michael Caine. A couple of years ago she was excellent as always in the little seen but very good “Mothering Sundays.”

She has a long, stellar resume. But my favorite of her films is Melvin Frank’s “A Touch of Class” with George Segal. The romantic comedy was like a well made souffle, and something no one seems to be able to do anymore. What a life!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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