Reason To Live: Glenda Back On Stage!

A quarter of a century after she quit acting for a career in politics, Glenda Jackson is returning to the stage in one of the great Shakespearean roles – King Lear – at the Old Vic in London. Jackson gave up acting ahead of her election as the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn in London in 1992. But she stepped down from politics at last year’s general election and made her return to acting in a radio play on BBC Radio 4. Apart from my esteem for her work, why am I so thrilled? Because as a young lad I once waited outside a Broadway stage door, after Glenda did “Strange Interlude,” so I could get an autograph. I waited and waited and by the time she emerged I was the only johnny left. Glenda signed my program and when I said I lived near where she was staying uptown, she gave me a ride home. One of my greatest memories.

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