‘Three Tall Women’: Glenda Jackson could finally win a Tony to go alongside her Oscars and Emmys

With a pair of Oscars and a pair of Emmys under her belt, Glenda Jackson is only a Tony Award away from completing the Triple Crown of acting. And that could change this June as Jackson makes her eagerly anticipated return to Broadway in a revival of Edward Albee‘s “Three Tall Women.”

Jackson lost all four of her previous Tony Awards bids: “The Persecution and Assassination of Marat, as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton, Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” (1966); “Rose” (1981); “Strange Interlude” (1985); and “Macbeth” (1988). She retired from acting in 1992 and served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons until 2015. Since then, she has dipped her toe back into acting and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2017 for her work in the title role of “King Lear.”

In “Three Tall Women,” which won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Jackson has a meaty role that could win over Tony voters. She portrays an elderly woman simply known as ‘A.’  She is a proud woman with no shortage of wealth to her name but she reflects on her storied life with mixed emotions, on one hand enamored with her upbringing and the early days of her marriage but bitter over her husband’s infidelities and her estranged relationship with her son, whose homosexuality she struggled to accept. Her co-stars include Emmy and Tony winner Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominee Alison Pill.

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Jackson, who earned her Oscars for “Women in Love” (1970) and “A Touch of Class” (1973), is among the distinguished group of 14 women who have two of more Best Actress prizes, the other 13 being Ingrid Bergman; Bette Davis; Olivia de Havilland; Sally Field; Jane Fonda; Jodie Foster; Vivien Leigh; Frances McDormand; Luise Rainer; Meryl Streep; Hilary Swank; Elizabeth Taylor; and Katharine Hepburn, who earned four Best Actress statues.

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Jackson won both of her Emmys for the BBC miniseries “Elizabeth R” (1971), in which she portrayed Elizabeth I of England. Should she win the Tony, Jackson will be the 22nd performer to pull off this sweep of the highest honors for acting across three mediums. The most recent inductee onto this honor roll was Jessica Lange, who won a Tony in 2016 for her leading role in the acclaimed revival of Eugene O’Neill‘s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

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