Glenda Jackson CBE (1936–), actor and politician, has earned the ‘Triple Crown of Acting’, one of the very few performers to have ever done so. Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, to a working class family, she attended West Kirby County Grammar School for Girls and performed in a local drama group as a teenager before securing a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1954. Jackson made her stage debut in Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables (1957) and her film debut in This Sporting Life (1963) before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1964–8. Returning to the RSC in 1975 for Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, directed by Trevor Nunn, the play was adapted and released as a film titled Hedda (1975), for which Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award.
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