Glenda Jackson Moved From Acting To Politics

Glenda Jackson Moved From Acting To Politics


>>Stephen: WELCOME BACK,
EVERYBODY! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
MY NEXT GUEST HAS TWO OSCARS AND SERVED OVER 20 YEARS IN BRITISH
PARLIAMENT. SHE’S NOW NOMINATED FOR A TONY. PLEASE WELCOME, GLENDA JACKSON! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>Stephen: WELCOME TO THE ED
SULLIVAN THEATER.>>WELL, THEY TOLD ME ABOUT THE
DOME. ISN’T IT AMAZING?>>Stephen: YEAH, YEAH. WE GET TO CHANGE IT EVERYDAY. IT’S ALL DIGITAL PROJECTION.>>OH, NO!>>Stephen: YEAH, IT WAS
COVERED OVER FOR MANY YEARS FROM THE 1970s UNTIL RECENTLY. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL 1927 THEATER.>>SOMEONE WAS TELLING ME. AMAZING.>>Stephen: NICE TO HAVE YOU
HERE. YOU HAVE TWO OSCARS AND A LONG,
STORE IDEA ACTING IN CAREER. NOT AS LONG AS SOME WOULD WANT
IT BECAUSE IN 1992 YOU STOOD AS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND
SERVED 20 YEARS. WHY DID YOU WANT TO GO INTO
POLITICS?>>I’M A SUPPORT AROUND MEMBER
OF THE LABOR PARTY AND MY COUNTRY WAS BEING DESTROYED BY
MARGARET THATCH SNORE NOT A FAN OF MARGARET THATCHER?>>WELL, ANYTHING I COULD HAVE
DONE THAT WAS LEGAL TO GET HER OUT OF OFFICE AND HER GOVERNMENT
I WAS PREPARED TO HAVE A GO AT IT. I HAVE BEEN WORKING MORE
PUBLICLY FOR THE LABOR PARTIES SINCE THE MID 70s. I WASN’T SURE IF I WAS A NAME
YOU COULD PUT A FACE TO, BUT I CAMPAIGNED IN THE ELECTIONS IN
’79 IN MARGINAL SEATS NONE OF WHICH WE WON. BUT, ANYWAY, I THINK THE
CLINCHER FOR ME WAS WHEN SHE SAID THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS
A SOCIETY. YOU KNOW, I’D SEEN MY COUNTRY
BEING DESTROYED. EVERYTHING I HAD BEEN TOLD AS A
CHILD TO REGARD AS VICES SHE TOLD ME WAS VIRTUES. AGREED WAS INDEPENDENCE. SELFISHNESS WAS TAKING CARE OF
YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. A FRIEND OF MINE, AN ARTIST CAME
BACK FROM THE CENTER OF LONDON ONE DAY AND SAID LONDON IS NOW A
CITY THAT HOGARTH WOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED, AND HE WOULD HAVE
RECOGNIZED IT BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE SHOP DOOR NOT ONLY IN
LONDON BUT THE WHOLE OF THE COUNTRY AT NIGHT WAS THE
BATHROOM, BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM OF SOME HOMELESS PERSON, USUALLY
SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS BECAUSE SHE CLOSED ALL THE
MENTAL HOMES IN THE COMMUNITY. THERE WAS MARKED LACK OF CARE. ANYTHING I COULD HAVE DONE I
EXPECTED TO DO. I DIDN’T EXPECT TO WIN OR EVEN
BE SELECTED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE BECAUSE THAT’S A
DECISION FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUENCY PARTY. I’M VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT
THE FINAL FOUR OF US AS RUNNERS WERE WOMEN EVEN BEFORE THE LABOR
PARTY INSISTED THE MARGINAL SEATS WOULD BE SHORT LISTS. I THOUGHT UNTIL MONDAY WHEN WE
WENT TO THE POLLS WE WERE GOING TO FORM A GOVERNMENT, BUT WE
DIDN’T BUT WE DID IN ’97. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: YOU WERE THERE FOR 23 YEARS. WE HAD THE AMERICAN ACTRESS
CYNTHIA NIXON ON HERE –>>OH, I WORKED WITH CYNTHIA!>>Stephen: ABOUT A MONTH AGO. I SAID, DO YOU THINK THAT — WHY
WOULD YOU WANT TO GO INTO POLITICS, YOU’RE KNOWN AS AN
ACTRESS. DO YOU THINK RUNNING FOR THE
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK IS THE FIRST JOB YOU
SHOULD GO FOR? SHE POINTED TO YOU AS PEOPLE WHO
HAD TO ANSWER THE CALL, PEOPLE WHO MADE THEIR TRADE IN ACTING
OR SAW A NEED FOR THEIR VOICE TO REPRESENT CERTAIN PEOPLE IN
POLITICS. DO YOU MISS IT NOW?>>I QUESTION OUR VOICES SHOULD
BE HEARD IN POLITICS AS PEOPLE IN THE THEATER ARE SEPARATE
ENTITIES ALMOST LIKE EXTRATERRESTRIALS. WE’RE NOT.>>Stephen: I MEAN THE PEOPLE,
SHE SAID THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT.>>THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT,
CERTAINLY ON THAT LEVEL, YES, BECAUSE ONE OF THE MOST HUMBLING
THINGS OF BEING A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, AND IT’S ALSO A
PRIVILEGE, LET’S NOT GET AWAY FROM IT, BUT ONE OF THE MOST
HUMBLING THINGS FOR ME, WE HOLD WHAT WE CALL ADVICE SURGERIES,
AND ANY ONE OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS CAN COME WITH THEIR PROBLEM AND
THEY COME TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE THE PORT OF LAST RESORT. EVERYTHING THEY HAD DONE HAD
FAILED AND YOU DIDN’T ALWAYS GET THE RESULT THAT THEY WANTED, BUT
YOU ALWAYS GOT A REPLY TO YOUR LETTER, YOU ALWAYS GOT YOUR
TELEPHONE CALL RETURNED, AND WITHOUT EXCEPTION, WHETHER YOU
HAD ACHIEVED WHAT THE INDIVIDUAL CON STIINDIVIDUAL — CONSTITUENT
OR NOT, THEY SAID THANK YOU, AND THAT IS A TRULY HUMBLING
EXPERIENCE IS THE REALIZATION THAT THOSE PEOPLE PUT AN X NEXT
TO YOUR PARTY. THAT’S THE MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT,
TO VOTE, AND FOR SOMEONE TO ACTUALLY PUT THEIR TRUST IN YOU. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
YEAH, ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY.>>Stephen: WELL, NOW YOU’VE
RETURNED TO THE STAGE.>>YEP.>>Stephen: AND FIRST YOU
PLAYED LEAR AT THE OLD VICK.>>YES.>>Stephen: DID YOU CARRY
CORPCORDELEON.>>WE ENVISIONED SHE’S HUNG AND
CUT HER DOWN.>>Stephen: SHE’S HANGED,
TECHNICALLY.>>HANGED. YES. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?>>Stephen: DON’T MEAN TO
TEACH THE BRITISH THEIR LANGUAGE, BUT GO AHEAD.>>WHY NOT? TRY. TRY. YOU CAN’T SPELL THEATRE
PROPERLY. ( APPLAUSE )
( PIANO RIFF )>>Stephen:
>>Stephen: BRAVA I’M HOLDING CORDILIA AND
WE’RE DRAGGED ON A RUG. LEER CUT HER DOWN AND WOULDN’T
LET HER GO>>Stephen: AT THE GOLDEN
THEATER IN NEW YORK, YOU’RE DOING “THREE TALL WOMEN.” WHAT IS THE STORY OF “THREE TALL
WOMEN”?>>IT’S THE STORE OF A WOMAN,
ACTUALLY, PRESENTED IN THREE DIFFERENT TIME SCALES, AND IT’S
BASED. HE’S VERY OPEN ABOUT IT. IT’S BASED IN THE MAIN ON HIS
RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS ADOPTIVE MOTHER, AND THAT SEEMS TO HAVE
BEEN A PRETTY TORMENTED RELATIONSHIP. HE WAS VERY OPEN ABOUT THAT. HE’S WRITTEN AT THE FRONTEST
PIECE OF THE COPY OF THE PLAY THAT WE’VE WORKED ON — I’M
PARAPHRASING THIS — THE LAST THREE SENTENCES, AND HE SAYS, I
NEVER DURING HER LIFETIME MET ANYONE WHO LIKED HER. I NEVER MET ANYONE WHO SAW THE
PLAY WHO DISLIKED HER. WHAT HAVE I DONE?>>Stephen: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
EXACTLY>>Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BEING HERE. GLAD TO MEET YOU. YOU CAN SEE HER IN “THREE TALL
WOMEN” ON BROADWAY AT THE GOLDEN THEATER, AND AT THE TONY AWARDS,
JUNE 10 ON CBS. GLENDA JACKSON, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MICHAEL
POLLAN.

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100 thoughts on “Glenda Jackson Moved From Acting To Politics

  1. One of my favorite actresses. So good to see her again. I especially love her in Negatives and Marat/Sade.

  2. Meat is 'hung', people are 'hanged'. Glenda Jackson is a great actress and when she was in parliament she gave some very good speeches.

  3. I mean I’d shit on Thatchers grave if they put a stall on it but the full quote wasn’t so much about society not existing but that the most important thing was the individual and the family and family first had been a labour policy for more than a genre at that point. She was a liberal not some crazy right wing anarchist.

  4. 2:25 "London is now a city Hogarth would recognize".

    How many people in the audience understood that reference? Because I didn't…

  5. Completely agree that the comment about there being 'no society' was a line in the sand in regard to the duty of our leaders to balance the responsibilities of citizenship with the protections of government. Thatcher was more or less abandoning those commitments to create protections.

  6. Can't say I agree with he political stance 100%, but admire her conviction. Unfortunately I tend to view all politicians as lying low life shady pieces of shit.

  7. Glenda Jackson's performance in the BBC miniseries "Elizabeth R" is what sparked my life-long obsession with Elizabeth I. She has such a presence in and out of character and I love that she went on to be so politically active and pushed for the improvement of life in our country.

  8. I 1st saw Miss Jackson in "WOMEN IN LOVE" which remains 1 of my all time favorite movies. I saw her live in Los Angeles in Isben's "HEDDA GABLER." My 2nd favorite Glenda Jackson movie is "STEVIE." She's an acting legend.

  9. Strange that he chose to pick her up on saying hung. I've never heard him correct any of his guests before and I'm sure there must have been other slips. Weird choice interrupting someone in their flow to do that.

  10. 06:36 Strangely, the programme that Stephen holds up reveals that, although it is a New York venue, it has the British spelling: Golden Theatre.

  11. In America , and the world, UNIONS are the last remnants of a Democracy. Humans defending the future of Humanity from tyranny.

  12. Anyone wants to see Glenda Jackson Hot Scary and Radical: https://youtu.be/RJc4I6pivqg

  13. Yeah I hated thatcher as much as anybody but I wouldn't applaud tony blair's government from 1997 onwards that's for sure they weren't bastions of the left. We have been run by self interested odious right wing toads since Harold Wilson. Thatcher once claimed new labour was her finest achievement.

  14. When I was about 8 in the mid 90s my parents made me watch the 1970s production of Elizabeth R on TV and it sparked a lifelong love of history, almost 100% due to Glenda Jackson's performance. It's on youtube. Watch it. The production has dated but the performance has not.

  15. My God, she must have kicked SERIOUS butt in Parliament!! She was properly trained in performance, so she knows how to project and declaim. She would be able to completely LACERATE another MP with a stare and an eyebrow twitch.
    Watching her in action would be like seeing a Roman senator in full battle.

  16. There has never been a better Elizabeth I – if you haven't seen this BBC series from the 70s, do, because it's great. Rewatched it many times

  17. “Why did you become an MP?”

    “Because Margaret Thatcher was destroying my country…”

    Glenda became an MP in 1992, two years after Mrs Thatcher left office

  18. The difference between a movie star and an actress is that the former would have had several facelifts/ cosmetic dentistry/ botox/ the works, whilst the latter lets nature and time show their effect on her face and instead focus on honing and refining their acting craft in order to play a variety of characters suitable to each stage of her life

  19. Wow… Correcting a guest on air on your show about the correct form of a verb could be considered incredibly pedantic at best, and incredibly ungracious by generally accepted standards of hosting. Serious points lost by SC there, wonder why he felt the need to interject that comment there? Maybe it's that niggling sense of linguistic inferiority many Yanks (even well-educated ones like SC) feel when confronted by a hyper-articulate RSC-trained English thespian in full conversational flight? Have to admire how little importance GJ attached to it, her theatre/ theater comment that followed only served to highlight in fact just how trivial and unimportant such minor observances are when one is having a serious conversation about issues one is passionate about.

  20. Haha. I heard that one American politician once said that the French do not even have a word for "entrepreneur".. intending to put down France. Hint: entre = between; preneur comes from prendre = to take. So entrepreneur means "in between taker" … essentially a middle man who comes between the providers of a service (e.g. the electronics engineers who designed your iphone, or the Chinese sweatshop laborers who assemble them), and you the consumer who pays way above the cost of manufacture/design so that the in between takers (investors in Apple Corp.) can sit around on their fat asses in tax havens avoiding taxes and reaping the profits. Let's have a round of applause for the takers in between who do so little and yet make so much.

  21. Her performance in the BBC 1970s series Elizabeth R, playing the life of Queen Elizabeth I, is simply one of the greatest performances of all time and certainly the most impressive by an actress. She left Bette Davis, Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett in the dust.

  22. Glenda played Queen Elizabeth the first for a BBC series from the 70s. All the episodes are on YouTube, well worth checking out.

    She's a tremendous actress.

  23. I had tickets. I had to give them away to take a paying gig. If you are freelance, you never turn down a gig

  24. Despite being British myself, I unfortunately had not heard of this remarkable woman. When she made the remark about Stephen not being 'able to spell theatre properly' she gained in me an instant fan!

  25. I was born in 1990 and she left acting during that period… It's very interesting to see her return!

  26. I think she was way above the heads of her audience. She is a classic and brilliant actress and I’m proud she was a Labour MP

  27. I absolutely adore Glenda. What amazing charisma, fantastic actor and parliamentarian. I was tremendously lucky to have met her and have her as my MP !!! Blessed to have her represent Kilburn ❤

  28. Such a genuine person, I'm from her home town met her a few times in the charity store and she was the same in person in her every day life as she was when in front of the camera.

  29. In an interview I read many years ago, during her first period as an actress, Glenda said she thought it would be more worthwhile to be a social worker than to act.  I thought, well, that's a nice comment, but was shocked when she actually put those feelings into practice by becoming an MP.  She gave up fame and fortune to help people in need.  I love her persona, her voice, her talent, but most of all her character.  The thing about hanged and hung by Colbert was ridiculous, but she had a great comeback.  An impressive person.

  30. It's a testament really to her genius as a performer and actor to immediately bag a stage award in her first stage outing AFTER more than three decades I suppose. She became a MP in 1992. I think her last film role was in 1991. She completely stopped acting when she was MP: 1992-2015. That's 23 years!!! Her last stage performance was probably back in the 1980s (not sure here).

  31. Great actress. Ghastly woman. Misquotes the late Baroness Thatcher and made a frankly disgusting speech about her during the tributes paid to her in the House of Commons after she died. Utterly graceless. I'm glad that Miss Jackson has returned to acting. She is no loss to British politics. She won two Oscars and numerous other awards for her acting but she spent 23 years as a Labour MP and, in that time, she achieved precisely nothing.

  32. She still has the same moxie that she had when she played Queen Elizabeth I opposite Vanessa Redgrave as Mary Queen of Scots.

  33. All the Elizabeth R episodes that star the great Glenda Jackson, seem to have been removed from YouTube. Sad and so unfair!! Please put them back!!

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