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Two-Time Oscar Winner Glenda Jackson, Who Mixed Acting With Politics, Dies At 87

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(AP) LONDON — Glenda Jackson, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress who also served as a British lawmaker and pursued a second political career before making a well-received comeback to stage and cinema in her later years, passed away at age 87.

According to Jackson’s agent Lionel Larner, she passed away on Thursday at her London home following a brief illness. He claimed she had just finished filming “The Great Escaper,” where she had a supporting role alongside Michael Caine, 90.

Jackson received his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London after being born into a working-class family in Birkenhead, northwest England, in 1936. She participated with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she starred in the avant-garde drama “Marat/Sade” directed by Peter Brook. She became one of the biggest British stars of the 1960s and 1970s and won two Academy Awards for “Women in Love” in 1971 and “A Touch of Class” in 1974.

She won two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in “Elizabeth R.” in 1972, and in 1971, she played Cleopatra in a memorable spoof on “The Morecambe & Wise Show,” cementing her position in British pop culture history. She said in a famous one-liner, “All men are fools, and what makes them so is seeing a beauty like what I have acquired.

Jackson entered politics in her fifties and was elected to the Parliament in 1992. She represented the Labour Party for 23 years and was appointed transport minister in 1997 under Prime Minister Tony Blair’s first administration.


Glenda Jackson, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress.

She and Blair eventually fell out over the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She claimed that Blair’s decision to join the U.S.-led conflict without the UN’s approval had left her feeling “deeply, deeply ashamed.”

Before the invasion, she warned The Associated Press that “the victims will be as they always are, women, children, and the elderly.”

Throughout her political career, Jackson maintained her forthright demeanor and outspokenness, which may have contributed to her exclusion from important government positions. Margaret Thatcher, a previous Conservative Prime Minister, passed away in 2013, and instead of showing respect for the deceased, a member of Parliament railed in Parliament about the “heinous social, economic, and spiritual damage wreaked upon this country” by the late leader.

After leaving Parliament in 2015, Jackson returned to acting and landed some of her most well-known parts, such as the main role in Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” It debuted in 2016 at London’s Old Vic before playing on Broadway.

2019’s “Elizabeth is Missing” featured her in her first movie appearance in 25 years. Jackson’s portrayal of an Alzheimer’s patient seeking to unravel a mystery earned her a BAFTA award, the British version of the Oscar.

The crew was “shocked and deeply saddened” by her passing, according to Oliver Parker, the director of the upcoming film “The Great Escaper,” which Jackson and Parker had just collaborated on.

Parker remarked, “She had such fierce intelligence, such passion, and such fearlessness.” We watched the finished movie for her and Michael Caine less than a month ago, and she was just as enthusiastic and aggressive as ever. We will always cherish the memories of that touching and joyous day.

When the two recently collaborated, Caine remarked that it was “as wonderful an experience this time as it was 50 years ago.”

Glenda was one of our best actresses in films, he noted. I’m going to miss her.


Jackson, according to Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, “leaves a space in our cultural and political life that can never be filled.”

“She played many roles with great distinction, passion, and commitment,” he remarked. Glenda Jackson, a celebrated performer, activist, Labour Party member of Parliament, and government minister, never stopped promoting social and human rights.

As a Labour legislator representing Hampstead and Kilburn in London, Tulip Siddiq, Jackson’s successor expressed her “devastation” at learning of Jackson’s passing.

“A strong politician, excellent performer, and a great mentor to me. Glenda, Hampstead and Kilburn will miss you,” Siddiq tweeted.

Her son Dan Hodges is the only survivor of Jackson.



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Russell Brand Speaks Out for the First Time Since Sex Allegations

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Russell Brand Speaks Out for the First Time Since Sex Allegations

Russell Brand says it’s been a “extraordinary and distressing” week following allegations of rape and sexual abuse against him.

He thanked fans for their support and for “questioning the information that you’ve been presented with” in a video posted on social media.

They are his first public comments since the Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches reported charges about him last weekend.

Russell Brand has refuted the allegations.

Four women accused Brand of sexual assaults and rape between 2006 and 2013, according to a collaborative investigation by the Sunday Times, the Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches.

Brand disputed the charges prior to their publication, claiming that his encounters were “always consensual.”

The actor and comedian did not explicitly address the allegations in his three-minute video on Friday, but he did make statements about “media corruption and censorship” and “deep state and corporate collusion.”

He claimed he would post a longer film on the video streaming site Rumble on Monday, citing the platform’s “clear commitment to free speech.”

Rumble said earlier this week that it would not “join a cancel culture mob” in response to a question from a UK Parliament inquiry on whether it would slash Brand’s salary in the wake of the claims.

Four women filed claims against Russell Brand in the Sunday Times, Times, and Channel 4 investigation:

One woman claims Brand raped her against a wall in his Los Angeles home without using a condom. She claims Brand tried to stop her leaving until she told him she needed to use the loo. She was treated at a rape crisis centre on the same day, according to medical records obtained by the BBC.

A second woman in the United Kingdom claims Russell Brand assaulted her when he was in his early 30s and she was still in school. She claims he referred to her as “the child” during a controlling and emotionally abusive relationship. In retrospect, she claims he “engaged in grooming behaviours.”

A third woman claims that while working with Brand in Los Angeles, he sexually attacked her. She claims she constantly ordered Brand to get off her, and when he finally did, he “flipped” and became “super angry.” He allegedly threatened her with legal action if she notified anybody else about her claim.

The fourth woman claims Brand sexually assaulted her in the UK and was physically and emotionally hostile to her.

Another woman accused Brand this week of exposing himself to her and then laughing about it on his BBC radio show in 2008.

YouTube has barred Brand’s channels from receiving money from advertisements for “violating” the platform’s “creator responsibility policy.” It stated that it was acting “to protect” its users.

In recent years, he has repositioned himself, regularly sending videos to his online fans on spirituality, anti-establishment politics, and, most lately, UFOs.

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BTS Member Suga Begins Alternative 18 Month Military Service In South Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea – Suga, a member of the K-pop supergroup BTS, began his mandatory military service as a social service representative on Friday, an alternative form of military service in South Korea.

Suga, age 30, became the third member of the group to begin performing military duties. The remaining two, Jin and J-Hope, are already serving in active duty at army bases.

“I will faithfully serve and return… Please remain healthy and we’ll see you all in 2025!” Suga wrote in a message posted to the Weverse online fan community.

Big Hit Music, the management agency for BTS, reported that Suga began commuting to a workplace designated under the alternative military service system.

Due to threats from North Korea, all able-bodied males in South Korea must serve in the army, navy, or air force for 18 to 21 months under a conscription system. For 21 months, individuals with physical and mental impairments can perform their duties at non-military facilities such as welfare centers, community service organizations, and post offices.

Local media reported that Suga’s alternative service in 2020 was presumably related to shoulder surgery.


Suga, a member of the K-pop supergroup BTS, began his mandatory military service as a social service representative on Friday.

Active duty soldiers must complete five weeks of fundamental military training at boot camps before beginning service. According to the Military Manpower Administration, those performing alternative service must complete three weeks of basic military training and have the option to choose when to do so.

Unknown was the facility where Suga began serving. In a statement released earlier this week, BTS’s management agency, Bit Hit Music, asked Suga’s admirers not to visit him at work during his military service.

Big Hit Music requested that warm regards and encouragement be conveyed only in their souls. “We ask for your continued love and support for (Suga) until he completes his service and returns.”

Last year, a heated public debate erupted over whether BTS members should be exempt from their mandatory military obligations. However, the group’s administration agency ultimately reported that all seven members would meet their obligations.

South Korean law exempts athletes, classical and traditional musicians, ballet dancers, and other dancers if they have contributed to the nation’s prestige. K-pop performers do not qualify for the special exemption.


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Sophie Turner Sues To Force Estranged Husband Joe Jonas To Turn Over Children’s Passports

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NEW YORK — On Thursday, actress Sophie Turner filed a lawsuit against her estranged spouse, pop star Joe Jonas, to compel him to turn over the passports of their two young daughters so she can take them to England.

Turner, who was served with divorce papers this month after four years of marriage to Jonas, stated in her petition that the couple intended to nurture their daughters in her home country of England. It was also stated that the girls, aged 3 and 1, “are both fully involved and integrated in all aspects of daily and cultural life in England.”

Sofie, best known for her role as Sansa Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” filed her petition in New York federal court under the child abduction clauses of the Hague Convention, an international treaty designed to compel the return of a child stolen from their “habitual residence.”

Sofie, 27, and Jonas, 34, reportedly agreed to raise their daughters in England and relocated there in April of this year.

During part of August and September, while Jonas began a tour with his band, the Jonas Brothers, in the United States, Turner would be working long hours filming a television series in England. Therefore, Turner stated that she and Jonas had consented for the children to travel with Jonas and a nanny.

The plan was for Turner to travel to New York to collect the children after filming concluded on September 14, but “the breakdown of the parties’ marriage happened very suddenly,” Turner said.


On Thursday, actress Sophie Turner filed a lawsuit against her estranged spouse, pop star Joe Jonas.

According to Turner, Jonas filed for divorce in Florida on September 1, and she found out about it on September 5 through the media. The couple announced on their Instagram accounts on September 6 that they had mutually decided to terminate their marriage amicably.

Turner claims that she and Jonas met on September 17 and asked him for the children’s passports so she could transport them back to England. However, Jonas refused to hand over the passports of the girls, who were born in the United States and hold dual U.S. and British citizenship.

According to the court filing, Turner temporarily houses the girls in a Manhattan hotel. The Jonas Brothers were scheduled to perform in Philadelphia and Baltimore on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Jonas stated that he is “seeking shared parenting so that the children are raised by both their mother and father” and that he is “fine with the children being raised in both the United States and the United Kingdom.”

“This is a regrettable legal dispute over a marriage that is sadly ending,” he continued. “When language like ‘abduction’ is used, it is at best deceptive and at worst a grave abuse of the legal system.”

Jonas stated that he did not startle Sophie Turner with divorce papers but instead filed for divorce after “multiple conversations with Sophie.”

Since 2005, when he and his siblings Nick and Kevin formed the Jonas siblings, Jonas has been a pop idol. He met Turner in 2016, and they wed in 2019.


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