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Glenda Jackson

Highest Rated:   100% Marat/Sade (1966)
Lowest Rated:   25% Beyond Therapy (1987)
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On stage, screen, and television, powerhouse actress Glenda Jackson displayed a fierce intelligence and a brazen toughness that have bordered on abrasiveness. With her sharp facial features, Jackson is more handsome than glamorous, but this has only helped her career in that it provided her the opportunity to play a wide variety of strong-willed, smart, and sexy women. She specialized in dramas but also dabbled in comedies. The daughter of a Liverpool bricklayer, Jackson left school at age 16 to join an amateur acting troupe, taking odd jobs to support herself. After ten years of scraping by, she was invited to join the Theatre of Cruelty, an offshoot of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and cast as Charlotte Corday in Peter Brook's internationally award-winning The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade (aka Marat/Sade). In 1966, Jackson reprised her role in the film version, her first starring role; three years before, she had debuted with a bit part in This Sporting Life. Jackson worked closely with director Ken Russell, first appearing in his adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love (1969) as Gudrun. The role earned Jackson the first of two Academy Awards. In 1971, she was nominated for another Oscar for Sunday, Bloody Sunday, and earned her second award for the romantic comedy A Touch of Class (1973). In 1971, Jackson also won an Emmy for playing Queen Elizabeth on the highly acclaimed British miniseries Elizabeth R. Other notable television appearances include the title role in the moving account of Patricia Neal's recovery from a stroke The Patricia Neal Story (1981). Throughout much of her adult life, Jackson has been passionate about politics. In 1990, she unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the British Parliament. She tried again in 1992 and succeed in winning the Hampstead seat. Since the election, Jackson has retired from acting to devote her energies to her party and her constituents.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Real Story of Humpty Dumpty
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet A Murder of Quality
  • Ailsa Brimley
1991
No Score Yet King of the Wind
  • Queen Caroline
1990
No Score Yet Strange Interlude
  • Nina Leeds
1990
71% The Rainbow
  • Anna
1989
No Score Yet Business as Usual
  • Babs Flynn
1987
25% Beyond Therapy
  • Charlotte
1987
50% Salome's Last Dance
  • Herodias/Lady Alice
1987
90% Turtle Diary
  • Neaera Duncan
1985
No Score Yet The Return of the Soldier
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Sakharov
  • Yelena Bonner
1984
No Score Yet Return of the Soldier
  • Margaret Gray
1982
No Score Yet And Nothing But the Truth
  • Sophie
1982
57% Stevie
  • Stevie Smith
1981
No Score Yet Health
  • Isabella Garnell
1980
75% Hopscotch
  • Isobel
1980
No Score Yet Lost and Found
  • Patricia Brittenham
1979
29% House Calls
  • Ann Atkinson
1978
No Score Yet Class of Miss MacMichael
  • Conor MacMichael
1978
No Score Yet Nasty Habits
  • Alexandra
1977
No Score Yet Incredible Sarah
  • Sarah Bernhardt
1976
No Score Yet The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique)
  • Elizabeth Fielding
1975
No Score Yet The Maids
  • Solange
1975
No Score Yet Hedda
  • Hedda Gabler
1975
91% A Touch of Class
  • Vicki Allessio
1973
No Score Yet The Nelson Affair (Bequest to the Nation)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Triple Echo
  • Alice
1973
No Score Yet Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Elizabeth I
1972
86% The Boy Friend
  • Rita Monroe
1971
92% Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Alex Greville
1971
73% The Music Lovers
  • Nina
1971
91% Women in Love
  • Gudrun Brangwen
1969
No Score Yet Negatives
  • Vivien
1968
No Score Yet Tell Me Lies
  • Actor
1968
100% Marat/Sade
  • Charlotte Corday
1966
100% This Sporting Life
  • Actor
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Elizabeth R
1971
  • Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I

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