Glenda Jackson wins very first Tony Award at age 82

Glenda Jackson, 82, wins very first Tony Award as she accepts honor for Best Actress In A Play

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Glenda Jackson became a first-time Tony Award winner on Sunday as she accepted the honor for Best Actress In A Play at age 82.   

The star, who has been nominated in previous years for the exact same honor, was recognized her role in the Edward Albee drama, Three Tall Women.

In her speech, Glenda mused she may have been ‘one of the oldest people’ to ever receive the honor, and insisted America is ‘always great.’ 


‘America is always great’: Glenda Jackson became a first-time Tony Award winner on Sunday as she accepted the honor for Best Actress In A Play at age 82

‘I am one of the oldest people I think to have ever stood on this platform receiving this award, but what a thrill to be in the same house as those amazing children. Weren’t they marvelous? I’d like to thank Scott Rudin and his brilliant teams, Mike and Dylan and I think our director Joe Mantello found me a worthy opponent. 

‘And I would also like to thank everybody backstage, under the stage, up and down the stairs, Ann and Jema and Billy and Lisa, but most of all I would like to thank you.  

‘Because I was just looking at the lists, and there are people in this audience, in this country, in this city, from every other country in the world, and you as always are welcoming and kind and generous.

‘And America has never needed that more, but then America is always great.’ 


It’s an honor: Claire Danes presented the award to Glenda, who was competing for the honor against Condola Rashad, Lauren Ridloff, and Amy Schumer

Claire Danes presented the award to Glenda, who was competing for the honor against Condola Rashad, Lauren Ridloff, and Amy Schumer. 

Glenda has been nominated for the same award four times previously.    

She received nominations for her roles in Macbeth in 1988, Strange Interlude in 1985, Rose in 1981, and Marat/Sade in 1965. 


Award winner: Jackson posed with her Tony Award after she was honored for her role in Three Tall Women 

Three Tall Woman, which is about a woman in three different stages of her life, received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1994.

Glenda is an accomplished actress who previously received Academy Awards for her roles in Women In Love and A Touch Of Class.   

Her theater credits include Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Antony and Cleopatra, and King Lear.  


Big night! Glenda posed backstage with Brian Tyree Henry, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, and Andrew Rannells

2018 Tony Awards Winners

Best Play

The Children 

Farinelli and The King 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two – WINNER 

Junk 

Latin History for Morons 

 

Best Musical

The Band’s Visit – WINNER 

Frozen 

Mean Girls 

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

 

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America – WINNER

Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women 

Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh 

Lobby Hero 

Travesties 

 

Best Revival of a Musical

My Fair Lady 

Once On This Island – WINNER 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America – WINNER 

Tom Hollander, Travesties 

Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two 

Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King

 Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women – WINNER 

Condola Rashad, Saint Joan 

Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God 

Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady

Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel 

Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit – WINNER 

Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady 

Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island 

LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical 

Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit – WINNER 

Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls 

Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two 

Michael Cera, Lobby Hero 

Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero 

Nathan Lane, Angels in America – WINNER 

David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Susan Brown, Angels in America

Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two 

Deborah Findlay, The Children 

Denise Gough, Angels in America 

Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women – WINNER

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady 

Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel 

Grey Henson, Mean Girls 

Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical 

Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit – WINNER

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical 

Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel 

Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel – WINNER 

Ashley Park, Mean Girls 

Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women 

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King 

Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two – WINNER 

Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh 

Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island 

Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit 

Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls 

Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady 

David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical – WINNER

 

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King 

Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America 

Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two – WINNER 

Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women 

Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls 

Clint Ramos, Once On This Island 

Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel 

David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical 

Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady – WINNER

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two – WINNER

Paule Constable, Angels in America 

Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King 

Ben Stanton, Junk

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical 

Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island 

Donald Holder, My Fair Lady 

Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel 

Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit – WINNER

 

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties 

Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America 

Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two – WINNER 

Tom Gibbons, 1984 

Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

 

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit – WINNER 

Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island 

Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel 

Brian Ronan, Mean Girls 

Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

 

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America 

Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women 

Patrick Marber, Travesties 

John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two – WINNER

George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

 

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island 

David Cromer, The Band’s Visit – WINNER 

Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical 

Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls 

Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

 

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady 

Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical 

Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two 

Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls  

Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel – WINNER

 

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy, Mean Girls 

Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical 

Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island 

Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit – WINNER 

Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

 

Best Book of a Musical

The Band’s Visit by Itamar Moses – WINNER

Frozen by Jennifer Lee

Mean Girls by Tina Fey

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical by Kyle Jarrow

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Angels in America 

The Band’s Visit – WINNER 

Frozen 

Mean Girls 

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical 

 

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Chita Rivera

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards

John Leguizamo

Bruce Springsteen

Regional Theatre Tony Award

La MaMa E.T.C.

New York City

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Nick Scandalios

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Sara Krulwich

Bessie Nelson

Ernest Winzer Cleaners

 

 

 

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