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Glenda

Glenda

[glen-duh]
Jackson, Glenda, 1936-, English actress and politician. Jackson's first starring role was as Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade (1966) for the Royal Shakespeare Company. A strong personality, she has excelled in both comedies and dramas. She won Academy Awards for roles in Women in Love (1969) and A Touch of Class (1973). Her other films include Sunday Bloody Sunday (1972), The Maids (1974), House Calls (1978), Turtle Diary (1986), and The Rainbow (1990). In 1971 she played Elizabeth I in a critically acclaimed television series, and she has appeared on stage in such plays as Strange Interlude (1984). In 1992 she retired from acting and was elected as a Labour member of Parliament from Hampstead; she was reelected in 1997. In 1999 she mounted an abortive candidacy for mayor of London.

Glenda is the mascot of the distributed operating system Plan 9 from Bell Labs. It was drawn by Renée French and three versions of it are available. One has a white background, another has a black background and one portrays the mascot with an astronaut helmet on its head. These designs are under the Lucent Public License, which is an open-source license.

As Plan 9 is named after the Ed Wood film Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glenda is named after Wood's film Glen or Glenda.

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