Glenda May Jackson

Born: May 09, 1936 AD
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Politicial Adviser

1936 - Born in Birkenhead, The Wirral, Cheshire on the 9th of May.


1957 - Studied acting at RADA, Jackson made her professional stage debut in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables.


1963 - Her film debut in This Sporting Life.


1969 - She starring role in the controversial Women in Love for which she won her first Academy Award for Best Actress, and another controversial role as Tchaikovsky's nymphomaniac wife in Ken Russell's The Music Lovers added to her image of being prepared to do almost anything for her art.


1971 - She confirmed this by having her head shaved in order to play Queen Elizabeth I of England in the BBC's blockbuster serial, Elizabeth R.


1973 - She earned a second Academy Award for Best Actress for this particular comic role in A Touch of Class, and Eric and Ernie apparently sent her a telegram saying: 'Stick with us kid, and we'll get you a third!'.


1978 - She also portrayed Queen Elizabeth on a film about the life of Mary, Queen of Scots and she has been recognised as one of Britain's leading actresses, she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


1992 - She retired from acting in order to enter the House of Commons in the general election as the Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate.


1997 - She was appointed a junior minister in the government of Prime Minister, Tony Blair, with responsibility for London Transport, a post she resigned before an attempt to be nominated as the Labour Party candidate for the election of the first Mayor of London in 2000.


2003 - She also called for him to resign following the Judicial Enquiry by Lord Hutton in surrounding the reasons for going to war in Iraq and the death of government adviser Dr. David Kelly.


2005 - In October, her problems with Blair's leadership swelled to a point where she threatened to challenge the Prime Minister as a stalking horse candidate in a leadership contest if he does not stand down within a reasonable amount of time.


         - General election, she received 14,615 votes, representing 38.29% of the votes cast in the constituency.


2006 - On the 31st of October, she was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for an inquiry into the Iraq War.

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