CMEDIA: Two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson with a 2nd career in politics as a British lawmaker with an acclaimed late-life return to stage and screen dies at 87, Jackson’s agent Lionel Larner reportedly said.
Larner said she had recently completed filming The Great Escaper, which co-starred Michael Caine and died Thursday at her home in London after a short illness.
Being born into a working-class family 1936 in Birkenhead, northwest England, Jackson got training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
After becominh one of the biggest British stars of the 1960s and ’70s, she won two Academy Awards, for Women in Love in 1971 and A Touch of Class in 1974.
She then went into politic in 1992 and spent 23 years as a Labour Party lawmaker, serving as a minister for transport in prime minister Tony Blair’s first government in 1997.
After leaving Parliament in 2015, Jackson returned to acting and had some of her most acclaimed roles, including the title character in Shakespeare’s King Lear which later played on Broadway.
Jackson is survived by her son, Dan Hodges.
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