Sunday 4 December 2016

Glenda exposes the 'great feminist sisterhood' myth

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Glenda Jackson has returned to acting after stepping down as an MP
Glenda Jackson has returned to acting after stepping down as an MP

Any woman contemplating a political career might find it instructive to consider the example of Glenda Jackson, who, having been one of the finest theatre actresses of her generation, gave it all up for a political life at Westminster.

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Jackson, now aged 79, was so towering a stage performer that standard textbooks on acting technique still mention her work as electrifying. She won awards for film and TV work and the veteran director Peter Brook has written that no one could infuse energy into a stage role like Glenda Jackson.

Then she left it all behind to become a Labour MP in 1992, only quitting this year. Now, thankfully, she has decided to return to acting.

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