As a professional actress from the late 1950s, she spent four years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1964, being particularly associated with the work of director Peter Brook. During her film career, she won two Academy Awards for Best Actress: for Women in Love (1970) and A Touch of Class (1973). Other award-winning performances include Alex in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and the BBC television serial Elizabeth R (also 1971); for the latter, she received two Primetime Emmy Awards. Jackson won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in a revival of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.
She first became a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1992, as Member for Hampstead and Highgate. Early in the government of Tony Blair, she served as a Junior Transport minister from 1997 to 1999, later becoming critical of Blair. After constituency boundary changes, from 2010 until her retirement from politics in 2015, she represented Hampstead and Kilburn.
Jackson in 1971
|Member of Parliament|
for Hampstead and Kilburn
Hampstead and Highgate (1992–2010)
9 April 1992 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Geoffrey Finsberg|
|Succeeded by||Tulip Siddiq|
|Born||9 May 1936|
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Roy Hodges (1958–1976)|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Occupation||Actress (1955–1992, 2016–)|
Jackson was born in Birkenhead on the Wirral, where her father was a builder, and her mother worked in shops and as a cleaner. Jackson was educated at the West Kirby County Grammar School for Girls, and performed at the Townswomen's Guild drama group during her teens. She worked for two years in a branch of the Boots the Chemist chain before taking up a scholarship in 1954 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Jackson made her professional stage debut in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables in 1957 while at RADA and appeared in repertory for the next six years. Her film debut was a bit part in This Sporting Life (1963). A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for four years from 1964, she originally joined for director Peter Brook's 'Theatre of Cruelty' season which included Peter Weiss' Marat/Sade (1965) in which she played an inmate of an insane asylum portraying Charlotte Corday, the assassin of Jean-Paul Marat. The production ran on Broadway in 1965 and in Paris (Jackson appeared in the 1967 film version). Jackson also appeared as Ophelia in Peter Hall's production of Hamlet in the same year. Critic Penelope Gilliatt thought Jackson was the only Ophelia she had seen who was ready to play the Prince himself.
The RSC's staging at the Aldwych Theatre of US (1966), a protest play against the Vietnam War, also featured Jackson, and she appeared in its film version, Tell Me Lies. Later that year, she starred in the psychological drama Negatives (1968), which was not a huge financial success, but won her more good reviews.
Jackson's starring role in Ken Russell's film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love (1969) led to her winning her first Academy Award for Best Actress. Brian McFarlane, the main author of The Encyclopedia of British Film, has written: "Her blazing intelligence, sexual challenge and abrasiveness were at the service of a superbly written role in a film with a passion rare in the annals of British cinema."
In the process of gaining funding for The Music Lovers (1970) from United Artists, Russell explained it as "the story of a homosexual who marries a nymphomaniac," the couple being the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Richard Chamberlain) and Antonina Miliukova, played by Jackson. This film received mixed reviews in the U.S.: the anonymous reviewer in Variety wrote of the two principals, "Their performances are more dramatically bombastic than sympathetic, or sometimes even believable." Jackson was initially interested in the role of Sister Jeanne in The Devils (1971), Russell's next film, but turned it down after script rewrites and deciding that she did not wish to play a third neurotic character in a row.
In order to play Queen Elizabeth I in the BBC's serial Elizabeth R (1971), Jackson had her head shaved. After the series was shown on PBS in the US, Jackson received two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance. She also portrayed Queen Elizabeth in the film Mary, Queen of Scots, and gained an Academy Award nomination and a BAFTA Award for her role in John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday (both 1971). In that year British exhibitors voted her the 6th most popular star at the British box office.
In 1971 she made the first of several appearances with Morecambe and Wise, appearing in a comedy sketch as Cleopatra for the BBC Morecambe and Wise Show in which she delivered the line "All men are fools and what makes them so is having beauty like what I have got." Later appearances included a song and dance routine (in which she was pushed offstage by Eric), a period drama about Queen Victoria, and another musical routine (in their Thames Television series) in which she is elevated ten feet in the air by a misbehaving swivel chair. Jackson and Wise also appeared in an information film for the Blood Transfusion Service.
Filmmaker Melvin Frank saw her comedic potential on the Morecambe and Wise Show and offered her the lead female role in his next project. She gained a second Academy Award for Best Actress for Frank's A Touch of Class (1973). She continued to work in the theatre, and returned to the RSC to play the lead role in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. A later film version directed by Trevor Nunn was released as Hedda (1975), for which Jackson was nominated for an Oscar. In The New York Times, Vincent Canby praised Jackson's performance: "This version of Hedda Gabler is all Miss Jackson's Hedda and, I must say, great fun to watch ... Miss Jackson's technical virtuosity is particularly suited to a character like Hedda. Her command of her voice and her body, as well as the Jackson mannerisms, have the effect of separating the actress from the character in a very curious way." In 1978, she scored box office success in the United States in the romantic comedy House Calls, which co-starred Walter Matthau. Jackson and Matthau teamed again in the comedy Hopscotch (1980), which was a mild success, but not as popular as expected.
For her 1980 appearance on The Muppet Show, she told the producers that she would perform any material they liked; this turned out to be a role where she has a delusion that she is a pirate captain who hijacks the Muppet Theatre as her ship.
In 1985, she appeared on Broadway as Nina Leeds in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude at the Nederlander Theatre in a production which had originated in London the previous year and ran for eight weeks. John Beaufort for The Christian Science Monitor wrote: "Bravura is the inevitable word for Miss Jackson's display of feminine wiles and brilliant technique." Frank Rich in The New York Times thought Jackson, "with her helmet of hair and gashed features," when Leeds is a young woman, "looks like a cubist portrait of Louise Brooks," and later when the character has aged several decades, is "mesmerizing as a Zelda Fitzgeraldesque neurotic, a rotting and spiteful middle-aged matron and, finally, a spent, sphinx-like widow happily embracing extinction." Herbert Wise directed a British television version of O'Neill's drama which was first broadcast in the US as part of PBS's American Playhouse in January 1988.
In 1985, Jackson appeared in the title role of Racine's Phèdre at The Old Vic. The Daily Telegraph's John Barber wrote of her performance, "Wonderfully impressive . . . The actress finds a voice as jagged and hoarse as her torment." Benedict Nightingale in the New Statesman was intrigued that Jackson didn't go in for nobility, but played Racine's feverish queen as if to say that "being skewered in the guts by Cupid is an ugly, bitter, humiliating business."
In 1989, Jackson appeared in Ken Russell's The Rainbow, playing Anna Brangwen, mother of Gudrun, the part which had won her her first Academy Award twenty years earlier. Also in that year she played Martha in a Los Angeles production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Doolittle Theatre (now the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre). Directed by the playwright himself, this staging featured John Lithgow as George. Dan Sullivan in the Los Angeles Times wrote that Jackson and Lithgow performed "with the assurance of dedicated character assassins, not your hire-and-salary types" with the actors being able to display their character's capacity for antipathy. Albee was disappointed with this production, pointing to Jackson who he thought "had retreated back to the thing she can do very well, that ice cold performance. I don't know whether she got scared, but in rehearsal she was being Martha, and the closer we got to opening the less Martha she was!"
She performed the lead role in Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution as Galactia, a sixteenth century female Venetian artist, at the Almeida Theatre in 1990. It was an adaptation of Barker's 1984 radio play in which Jackson had played the same role.
Jackson retired from acting in order to stand for election to the House of Commons in the 1992 general election, subsequently becoming the Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate. She has stated that she felt Britain was being "destroyed" by the policies of Thatcher and the Conservative government, so that she was willing to do "anything that was legal" to oppose her.
Following a period as shadow minister for transport, following the 1997 general election, she was appointed as parliamentary under secretary of state (a junior minister) in the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair, with responsibility for London Transport, a post from which she resigned in 1999 before an unsuccessful attempt to be nominated as the Labour Party candidate for the election of the first Mayor of London in 2000. In the 2005 general election, she received 14,615 votes, representing 38.29% of the votes cast in the constituency.
As a high-profile backbencher, she became a regular critic of Blair over his plans to introduce higher education tuition fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She also called for him to resign following the Judicial Enquiry by Lord Hutton in 2003 surrounding the reasons for going to war in Iraq and the death of government adviser Dr. David Kelly. Jackson was generally considered to be a traditional left-winger, often disagreeing with the dominant Blairite governing Third Way faction in the Labour Party. Jackson is also a republican.
By October 2005, her disagreements with Blair's leadership swelled to a point where she threatened to challenge the Prime Minister as a stalking horse candidate in a leadership contest if he did not stand down within a reasonable amount of time. On 31 October 2006, Jackson was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for an inquiry into the Iraq War.
Her constituency boundaries changed for the 2010 general election. The Gospel Oak and Highgate wards became part of Holborn & St Pancras, and the new Hampstead & Kilburn constituency switched into Brent to include Brondesbury, Kilburn and Queens Park wards (from the old Brent East and Brent South seats). On 6 May 2010, Jackson was elected as the MP for the new Hampstead and Kilburn constituency with a margin of 42 votes over Conservative Chris Philp, with the Liberal Democrat candidate Edward Fordham less than a thousand votes behind them. She had the second closest result and second smallest majority of any MP in the 2010 election.
In June 2011, Jackson announced that, presuming the Parliament elected in 2010 lasted until 2015, she would not seek re-election. She stated: "I will be almost 80 and by then it will be time for someone else to have a turn". The eventual election was held two days before her 79th birthday.
In April 2013, Jackson gave a speech in parliament following the death of Margaret Thatcher. She accused Thatcher of treating "vices as virtues" and stated that because of Thatcherism England was susceptible to unprecedented unemployment rates and homelessness.
Another speech of Jackson's went viral in June 2014 when she gave a scathing assessment of Iain Duncan Smith's tenure as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, telling him that he was responsible for the "destruction of the welfare state and the total and utter incompetence of his department."
In 2015 Jackson returned to acting following a 23-year absence, having retired from politics. She appeared in the play Blood Sex and Money by Émile Zola, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, taking the role of Dide, the ancient matriarch of the Rougon-Macquart family. Never one to be scared, she returned to the stage at the end of 2016, playing the title role in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Old Vic Theatre in London, in a production running from 25 October to 3 December. Jackson was nominated for Best Actress at the Olivier Awards for her role, but ultimately lost out to Billie Piper. She did, however, win the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performance in King Lear. Dominic Cavendish of The Telegraph wrote, "Glenda Jackson is tremendous as King Lear. No ifs, no buts. In returning to the stage at the age of 80, 25 years after her last performance (as the Clytemnestra-like Christine in Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra at the Glasgow Citizens), she has pulled off one of those 11th-hour feats of human endeavour that will surely be talked about for years to come by those who see it."
In 2018, Jackson returned to Broadway in a revival of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, winning the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Marilyn Stasio of Variety wrote, "Watching Glenda Jackson in theatrical flight is like looking straight into the sun. Her expressive face registers her thoughts while guarding her feelings. But it's the voice that really thrills. Deeply pitched and clarion clear, it's the commanding voice of stern authority. Don't mess with this household god or she'll turn you to stone."
She is set to return to the role of King Lear as the production is set for a Broadway opening in April 2019.
Jackson has a son, Dan Hodges, born in 1969 from her marriage to Roy Hodges; he has worked as a Labour Party adviser and commentator, and a well-known political blogger who describes himself as a "Blairite cuckoo". She was five months pregnant when filming on Women in Love was completed. Her marriage to Hodges lasted from 1958 until their divorce in 1976.
In 1978, she was awarded a CBE.
|1963||This Sporting Life||Singer at Party||Uncredited|
|1969||Women in Love||Gudrun Brangwen|
|1971||The Music Lovers||Antonina Miliukova|
|1971||Sunday Bloody Sunday||Alex Greville|
|1971||The Boy Friend||Rita Monroe|
|1971||Mary, Queen of Scots||Queen Elizabeth I|
|1972||The Triple Echo||Alice|
|1973||Bequest to the Nation||Lady Hamilton||AKA The Nelson Affair|
|1973||A Touch of Class||Vickie Allessio|
|1973||The Devil Is a Woman||Sister Geraldine|
|1975||The Romantic Englishwoman||Elizabeth Fielding|
|1976||The Incredible Sarah||Sarah Bernhardt|
|1977||Nasty Habits||Sister Alexandra|
|1978||House Calls||Ann Atkinson|
|1978||The Class of Miss MacMichael||Conor MacMichael|
|1979||Lost and Found||Patricia Brittenham|
|1980||Hopscotch||Isobel von Schonenberg|
|1982||The Return of the Soldier||Margaret Grey|
|1985||Turtle Diary||Neaera Duncan|
|1988||Business as Usual||Babs Flynn|
|1988||Salome's Last Dance||Herodias / Lady Alice|
|1989||The Rainbow||Anna Brangwen|
|1990||King of the Wind||Queen Caroline|
|1957–61||ITV Play of the Week||Iris Jones / Jurywoman||2 episodes|
|1963||Z-Cars||Hospital Nurse / WPC Fernley||2 episodes|
|1965–68||The Wednesday Play||Cathy / Julie||2 episodes|
|1967||Half Hour Story||Claire Foley||Episode: "Which of These Two Ladies Is He Married To?"|
|1969||ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Marina Palek||Episode: "Salve Regina"|
|1970||Play of the Month||Margaret Schlegel||Episode: "Howards End"|
|1971||Elizabeth R||Queen Elizabeth I||TV miniseries; 6 episodes|
|1971–74||The Morecambe & Wise Show||Herself||4 episodes|
|1979||Christmas With Eric & Ernie||Herself|
|1980||The Muppet Show||Herself||Episode: "Glenda Jackson"|
|1980||The Morecambe & Wise Show||Woman Kissed by Eric||Episode: "1980 Christmas Show"|
|1981||The Patricia Neal Story||Patricia Neal||TV film|
|1984||Sakharov||Yelena Bonner (Sakharova)||TV film|
|1988||American Playhouse||Nina Leeds||Episode: "Strange Interlude"|
|1990||Carol & Company||Dr. Doris Kruber||Episode: "Kruber Alert"|
|1990||T.Bag's Christmas Ding Dong||Vanity Bag||TV film|
|1991||A Murder of Quality||Ailsa Brimley||TV film|
|1991||The House of Bernarda Alba||Bernarda Alba||TV film|
|1992||The Secret Life of Arnold Bax||Harriet Cohen||TV film|
|1964||Marat/Sade||Charlotte Corday||Aldwych Theatre|
|1965||Martin Beck Theatre|
|1975||Hedda Gabler||Hedda Gabler||Aldwych Theatre|
|1976||The White Devil||Vittoria||The Old Vic|
|1977||Stevie||Stevie Smith||Vaudeville Theatre|
|1978||Antony and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Aldwych Theatre|
|1980||Rose||Rose||Duke of York's Theatre|
|1982||Summit Conference||Eva Braun||Lyric Theatre|
|1983||Big and Little||Lotte||Vaudeville Theatre|
|1984||Strange Interlude||Nina Leeds||Duke of York's Theatre|
|1985||Phèdre||Phèdre||The Old Vic|
|1986||The House of Bernarda Alba||Bernarda Alba||Lyric Theatre|
|1988||Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||Mark Hellinger Theatre|
|1989||Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Martha||Doolittle Theatre|
|1990||Scenes from an Execution||Galactia||Almeida Theatre|
|1990||Mother Courage and Her Children||Mother Courage||Citizens Theatre|
|1991||Mourning Becomes Electra||Christine Mannon||Citizens Theatre|
|2016||King Lear||King Lear||The Old Vic|
|2018||Three Tall Women||A||John Golden Theatre|
|2019||King Lear||King Lear||Cort Theatre|
|1965||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Marat/Sade||Nominated|
|1970||British Academy Film Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Women in Love||Nominated|
|1971||Academy Award||Best Actress||Won|
|National Board of Review||Best Actress||Won|
|National Society of Film Critics Award||Best Actress||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|Laurel Awards||Laurel Award for Best Female Dramatic Performance||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Play of the Month (Howards End)||Nominated|
|1972||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Elizabeth R||Won|
|Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Academy Award||Best Actress||Sunday Bloody Sunday||Nominated|
|British Academy Film Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Won|
|David di Donatello||Best Actress (shared with Vanessa Redgrave)||Mary, Queen of Scots||Won|
|Evening Standard British Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|1974||Academy Award||Best Actress||A Touch of Class||Won|
|Evening Standard British Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Won|
|San Sebastián International Film Festival||San Sebastián Prize for Best Actress||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Actress||2nd place|
|British Academy Film Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|1976||Academy Award||Best Actress||Hedda||Nominated|
|David di Donatello||Best Foreign Actress (tied with Isabelle Adjani for The Story of Adele H.)||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|1977||The Incredible Sarah||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Actress of the Year in a New Play||Stevie||Nominated|
|1978||Montreal World Film Festival||Best Actress||Stevie||Won|
|1979||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Actress of the Year in a Revival||Antony and Cleopatra||Nominated|
|1980||Actress of the Year in a New Play||Rose||Nominated|
|1981||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|National Board of Review||Best Actress||Stevie||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Actress||Won|
|1982||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||The Patricia Neal Story||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special||Nominated|
|1984||CableACE Awards||Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Sakharov||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Actress of the Year in a Revival||Strange Interlude||Nominated|
|1985||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|1988||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Macbeth||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|1992||CableACE Awards||Actress in a Dramatic Series||The Secret Life of Arnold Bax||Won|
|2006||Ibsen Centennial Commemoration Award||Won|
|2017||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress||King Lear||Won|
|Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2018||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Three Tall Women||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Won|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Won|
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
for Hampstead and Highgate
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament
for Hampstead and Kilburn
A Touch of Class is a 1973 British romantic comedy film directed by Melvin Frank which tells the story of a couple having an affair, who find themselves falling in love. It stars George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Hildegarde Neil, Paul Sorvino and K Callan.
It was adapted by Melvin Frank and Jack Rose from Frank's story "She Loves Me, She Told Me So Last Night". However, it bears more than a passing resemblance to an earlier Frank film, The Facts of Life (1960), which likewise dealt with a middle-aged couple trying to have an affair, centering on a disaster-laden trip to a place where they would not be recognized.
The lead role of Steve was originally offered to Cary Grant, with a promise by Frank to rewrite the script to play up the age difference between Steve and Vickie. However, Grant opted to remain in retirement from filmmaking, and he turned the role down. He did remain connected to the film, however, as it was produced by Fabergé's Brut Productions, and Grant was on the board of directors for Fabergé.
Glenda Jackson revealed that she was approached by the director Melvin Frank after appearing on the comedy sketch and variety program The Morecambe & Wise Show on the BBC in the United Kingdom in 1971, in the "Antony and Cleopatra" sketch. After her role in this film won her an Oscar, Eric Morecambe sent her a telegram reading, "Stick with us and we will get you another one".Bequest to the Nation (film)
Bequest to the Nation is a 1973 British historical drama film directed by James Cellan Jones and starring Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Michael Jayston and Margaret Leighton. It is based on the 1970 Terence Rattigan play A Bequest to the Nation. The film depicts the relationship between Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton during the Napoleonic Wars plus others they would meet, including Nelson's nephew: the story takes place before Nelson's heading out to sea for the battle of Trafalgar. In the United States, it was released as The Nelson Affair.Beyond Therapy (film)
Beyond Therapy is a 1987 American comedy film written and directed by Robert Altman, based on the play of the same name by Christopher Durang. It stars Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson, Tom Conti, and Christopher Guest.Elizabeth R
Elizabeth R is a BBC television drama serial of six 85-minute plays starring Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I of England. It was first broadcast on BBC2 from February to March 1971, through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Australia and broadcast in America on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre.Hampstead and Highgate (UK Parliament constituency)
Hampstead & Highgate was a parliamentary constituency covering the northern half of the London Borough of Camden which includes the village of Hampstead and part of that of Highgate.
It was abolished in the 2010 general election; with the majority forming the new constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn; and part to the Holborn and St Pancras seat.Hampstead and Kilburn (UK Parliament constituency)
Hampstead and Kilburn is a constituency created in 2010 and currently represented in the House of Commons by Tulip Siddiq of the Labour Party. Glenda Jackson was the MP from 2010–2015, having served for the predecessor seat since 1992.Hedda (film)
Hedda is a 1975 film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. It stars Peter Eyre, Glenda Jackson and Patrick Stewart and was directed by Trevor Nunn.This was the first (and so far the only) major theatrical film version of the play in English. Previous productions of the play in English with sound had all been made for television.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress (Glenda Jackson). The film was also screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition.House Calls (1978 film)
House Calls is a 1978 comedy-drama film starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, directed by Howard Zieff.Lost and Found (1979 film)
Lost and Found is a 1979 film co-written and directed by Melvin Frank and starring George Segal and Glenda Jackson.
Featuring much of the same cast and crew as Frank's 1973 film A Touch of Class, this film is about a couple's constant meeting and clashing.
It marked Martin Short's film debut.Negatives (1968 film)
Negatives is a 1968 British drama film directed by Peter Medak. Based on the 1961 novel Negatives by Peter Everett, it features Peter McEnery and Glenda Jackson as Theo and Vivien, a couple who act out their erotic fantasies by dressing up as the Edwardian murderer Hawley Harvey Crippen and his lover Ethel le Neve. Diane Cilento plays Reingard, a German photographer who becomes involved in their private world.Sakharov (film)
Sakharov is a 1984 American drama film directed by Jack Gold and written by David W. Rintels. The film stars Jason Robards, Glenda Jackson, Nicol Williamson, Frank Finlay, Michael Bryant and Paul Freeman. The film premiered on HBO on June 20, 1984.Scenes from an Execution
Scenes from an Execution is a play by the English playwright Howard Barker. The plot revolves around a female artist's struggles against the Venetian city-state in the aftermath of the 16th century Battle of Lepanto. Although the city commissions the painting to celebrate the victory over the Turks, the artist's vision differs dramatically from that of the Doge and the Catholic Church. The play has been described as "Barker's most famous and accessible play".Originally a radio play for the BBC in 1984 with Glenda Jackson in the role of the artist Galactia, the stage version was first performed in 1990 at the Almeida Theatre in London with Glenda Jackson reprising her role. While a fringe production was staged in 2007 at the Hackney Empire, the play was later revived in 2012 by the National Theatre on its Lyttelton stage. Fiona Shaw and Tim McInnerny starred in this production. In his review of the National Theatre production, The Guardian critic Michael Billington wrote: "it shows Barker's poetic talent at its most disciplined and has the feel of a contemporary classic." Barker himself has turned against the play. "It's a very easy play to like", he said in 1999, and believed in 2012 that some of his other plays are superior works.The play opened Off-Broadway at the Potomac Theatre Project in July 2008, directed by Richard Romagnoli and starring Jan Maxwell as
Galactia. Maxwell was nominated for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play.Stevie (1978 film)
Stevie is a 1978 British biographical film directed by Robert Enders, and starring Glenda Jackson, Trevor Howard, Mona Washbourne, and Alec McCowen. It was based on the play Stevie by Hugh Whitemore.Studios that distributed the film included 20th Century Fox in the U.S., Hoyts in Australia, and Universal Pictures internationally.
The film is about the life of the British poet Stevie Smith (played by Glenda Jackson), and centres on Smith's relationship with her aunt (Mona Washbourne), with whom she lived for many years in a house in Palmers Green, London.Film critic Roger Ebert wrote, "It contains one of Glenda Jackson’s greatest performances. She knows this character well... She does what great actors can do: She takes a character who might seem uninteresting, and makes us care deeply about the uneventful days of her life."Sunday Bloody Sunday (film)
Sunday Bloody Sunday is a 1971 British drama film written by Penelope Gilliatt, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Murray Head, Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch and Peggy Ashcroft. It tells the story of a free-spirited young bisexual artist (played by Head) and his simultaneous relationships with a divorced female recruitment job consultant (Jackson) and a male Jewish doctor (Finch).
The film is significant for its time in that Finch's homosexual character is depicted as successful and relatively well-adjusted, and not particularly upset by his sexuality. In this sense, Sunday Bloody Sunday was a considerable departure from Schlesinger's previous film Midnight Cowboy (1969), which portrayed its gay characters as alienated and self-loathing, as well as other gay-themed films of the era, including Boys in the Band (1970) and Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971).
The film was released a year before the 1972 massacre of unarmed Northern Irish civilians by the British Army in Derry, Northern Ireland, an event dubbed "Bloody Sunday".The Incredible Sarah
The Incredible Sarah is a 1976 British drama film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Glenda Jackson. It presents a dramatization of the acting career of Sarah Bernhardt.The Romantic Englishwoman
The Romantic Englishwoman is a 1975 British film directed by Joseph Losey and starring Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, Helmut Berger. It marks the feature-length screen debut for Kate Nelligan. The screenplay was written by Tom Stoppard and Thomas Wiseman.
Caine plays a successful English novelist whose discontented wife, played by Jackson, decides to take a holiday to Germany in order to "find herself". There she meets a mysterious young man, played by Berger, in an elevator, which initiates an often bizarre, but extremely mature examination of desire, responsibility and the nature of love.
The film was shown at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition.Three Tall Women
Three Tall Women is a play by Edward Albee, which won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Albee's third.Turtle Diary
Turtle Diary is a 1985 British film directed by John Irvin and starring Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley, and Michael Gambon. Based on a screenplay adapted by Harold Pinter from Russell Hoban's novel Turtle Diary, the film is about "people rediscovering the joys of life and love". The film contains elements of romance, comedy, and drama and has been described as a romantic comedy.Women in Love (film)
Women in Love is a 1969 British romantic drama film directed by Ken Russell and starring Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, and Jennie Linden. The film was adapted by Larry Kramer from D. H. Lawrence's novel of the same name. It is the first film to be released by Brandywine Productions.The plot follows the relationships between two sisters and two men in a mining town in post-World War I England. The two couples take markedly different directions. The film explores the nature of commitment and love.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, with Jackson winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role, and the film receiving other honours.