Gyles pays tribute to Glenda Jackson, former MP and Oscar winning actress
Paying tribute to his friend Glenda Jackson, Gyles Brandreth described the former MP as 'the most wonderful actress and a remarkable human being. We became MPs on the very same day.'
Veteran actress and former politician Glenda Jackson “died peacefully” after a brief illness at the age of 87, her agent confirmed on Thursday.
The screen star and former Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate won the Oscar for best actress in 1970 for Women In Love and again three years later for A Touch Of Class – although opted not to attend the ceremony on either occasion.
Her agent, Lionel Larner, said: “Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London, this morning after a brief illness, with her family at her side.“
She recently completed filming The Great Escaper in which she co-starred with Michael Caine.”Despite her successful career, which also included two Emmy Awards and a Tony, Jackson previously said she never had any interest in the social and glamorous aspects of the industry.
The double Oscar-winner gave up acting for politics more than a quarter of a century ago and served as a Labour MP for 23 years.