Oscar-Winning Actress and Former Labour MP Glenda Jackson Dies Aged 87

She died ‘peacefully’ at her home after a short illness aged 87.

“Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, 87, died peacefully at her home in London this morning after a short illness with her family by her side,” her rep, Lionel Larner, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.

“Today we lost one of the world’s greatest actresses and I have lost a best friend of over fifty years.”

Jackson is famously known for her roles in Women in Love, A Touch of Class, Sunday, Bloody Sunday, Mary, Queen of Scots, Hopscotch, The Music Lovers, Mothering Sunday, The Great Escaper, The Maids, The Rainbow, Hedda, House Calls, Stevie, Turtle Diary, The Return of the Soldier, The Incredible Sarah, King of the Wind, Lost, and Found, Business as Usual, Beyond Therapy, The Patricia Neal Story, Giro City, Tell Me Lies, and The Theory of Everything.

The two times Oscar-winner gave up her acting career in 1992 to become a politician – she served in parliament for over twenty years.

According to Daily Mail, “Just weeks ago, she finished filming for the upcoming movie The Great Escaper, which sees Sir Michael, 90, as octogenarian Bernard Jordan, who escaped from his care home in 2014 to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in France.”

Glenda’s accolades include two Oscars, three Emmys, two BAFTAS, and a Tony award throughout her outstanding six-decade acting career.

She is survived by her son and grandson, and according to BBC, the cause of death is yet to be revealed.

“Devastated to hear that my predecessor Glenda Jackson has died. A formidable politician, an amazing actress and a very supportive mentor to me. Hampstead and Kilburn will miss you Glenda,” Labour MP Tulip Siddiq wrote on Twitter.

“This is very sad news. In my early twenties I worked for Glenda, a decade later our MPs offices were next door. She was always incredibly kind & supportive to me. I will also remember her cutting humour, general disdain at most things, all while smoking!” Shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell tweeted.

“A wonderful actress, a committed politician, a remarkable human being – we became MPs on the same day in 1992 & I treasure our unlikely friendship. She was such a gifted, caring & special person who came into the world to make a difference – and did. RIP the unique Glenda Jackson,” wrote Broadcaster and former Conservative MP, Gyles Brandreth.

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