Glenda Jackson’s agent said that she passed away on Thursday, June 15, at her home in London after a short illness. She was 87 years old.
Glenda Jackson, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress who also served as a British lawmaker and pursued a second career in politics before making a well-received comeback in her later years, passed away at the age of 87.
She passed away on Thursday at her London home, according to Jackson’s agent Lionel Larner, following a brief illness. He mentioned that she had just wrapped up filming for The Great Escaper, in which she had a role with Michael Caine.
Jackson received his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London after being born in Birkhenhead, northwest England, in 1936. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular British actors of the 1960s and 1970s and was honoured with two Academy Awards for her roles in Women in Love in 1971 and A Touch of Class in 1974.
She then entered politics and was elected to the House of Commons in 1992. She was a Labour Party politician for 23 years, serving in 1997 as minister of transport in Tony Blair’s first administration.
She and Blair eventually fell out over the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Blair’s decision to join the US-led war without the UN’s approval, according to the woman, made her feel incredibly embarrassed.
She previously told The Associated Press that the casualties would be women, children, and the elderly as they always are.
After leaving Parliament in 2015, Jackson went back to acting and landed some of her most well-known parts, including the main role in Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” It debuted in 2016 at London’s Old Vic before playing on Broadway.
The 2019 film Elizabeth is Missing featured her in her first movie role in 25 years. Jackson’s portrayal of an Alzheimer’s patient seeking to unravel a mystery earned her a BAFTA award, the British version of the Oscar.