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Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson


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Born: May 9, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cheshire, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Glenda Jackson was named after the 1930s American film actress Glenda Farrell and after her grandmother May.

Jackson's former husband Roy Hodges is reputed to have said about her: "If she'd gone into politics she'd be prime minister; if she'd gone into crime she'd be Jack the Ripper."

"She was a monster, frankly." --director Peter Eyre quote in "Glenda Jackson: The Biography" by Chris Bryant

"I hate the idea of acting being some kind of mystical process. It isn't. I mean you do as much as an individual can do; you clear the undergrowth, you get rid of the stuff that isn't useful, you discard the ideas that aren't right. You do everything you can, both physically and mentally, to be ready for something else to happen. That's what the performance is: is something else going to happen? I suppose there's a kind of mystery element in that, but I don't like the idea of it being entirely a process that is without any kind of guiding sense." --Glenda Jackson (quoted in David Nathan's 1984 biography, "Glenda Jackson")

Jackson's longtime agent Peter Crouch said of her: "I never thought she was going to be the easiest actress to promote. She has an individual quality which I reckoned was not going to appeal to everybody. But there is an enormous sex appeal. Something exudes from her like it does from a very healthy animal. She hasn't a high opinion of her own physical attractions. She once told me, 'I don't know why I keep getting all these scripts with nude scenes. I've got varicose veins, piano legs and no tits.' But the camera falls in love with her. A lighting cameraman once told me it was because she had 'wonderful lighting about the eyes' by which it turned out that he meant she had high cheek bones. So forget the ski-run nose and the snaggle tooth; the eyes are the things that matter in films." --From David Nathan's 1984 biography, "Glenda Jackson")

She received a honorary DLitt from Liverpool University (1978)

She was given the Women's Project's Exceptional Achievement Award (1988)

Jackson underwent an emergency appendectomy on October 23, 1999

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