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Oscar-Winner MP Glenda Jackson Rips Thatcher in Parliament (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 10, 2013 at 8:09PM

Meryl Streep won her second Best Actress Oscar playing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "Iron Lady." And April 10 another Oscar winner, Labour MP Glenda Jackson ("Women in Love," "A Touch of Class") delivered a powerful anti-Thatcher diatribe in the House of Commons, holding firm against the loud protests of her more conservative colleagues.
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Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson

Meryl Streep won her second Best Actress Oscar playing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." And April 10 another two-time Oscar winner, Labour MP Glenda Jackson ("Women in Love," "A Touch of Class") delivered a powerful anti-Thatcher diatribe in the House of Commons, holding firm against the loud protests of her more conservative colleagues.

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

I was moved by this forthright speech, which demonstrates yet again the force of personality and spirit required to hold your own in the British Parliament.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.