Jackson in HOUSE CALLS
(B. 1936 -
Glenda Jackson was born in England to a bricklayer/navy man. She entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at 18.
After working on the stage, she started working in films. Glenda Jackson won the Best Actress Oscar for her work in the 1969 Ken Russell film adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel, WOMEN IN LOVE, wtih Alan Bates and Oliver Reed. Glenda Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role as a sculptor in an abusive relationship with a competitive man.
In SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY (1971), Jackson played a divorced business woman, who was the dejected female lover of a bisexual man, Played by Peter Finch, who was perpetrating a menage a trois..
In the same year, 1971, Glenda played Queen Elizabeth I in MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS. She also played Queen Elizabeth I in the BBC bio pic mini series ELIZABETH R, to great critical acclaim.
Glenda Jackson won an Oscar for her performance in A TOUCH OF CLASS (1973), a romantic comedy about a family man and a divorcee, who fall in love while having a fling together.
Jackson was again nominated for an Oscar for her performance in HEDDA (1976). She continued working in films in the 80's and into the early 90's. She was elected to the British Parliament in 1992. She unsuccessfully ran for mayor of London in 2000 and 2005.
Glenda Jackson, who did not appear at the Academy Awards either time she won an Oscar quipped of her Oscars: "My mother polishes them to within an inch of their lives until the metal shows. That sums up the Academy Awards - all glitter on the outside and base metal coming through. Nice presents for a day. But they don't make you any better."
On her acting methods, Jackson wryly commented, "When I have to cry, I think about my love life. When I have to laugh, I think about my love life."