- Only British Member of Parliament to win an Oscar.
- Had to have her appendix removed. [October 1999]
- Appointed a CBE in 1978.
- March, 2002 - was hospitalized for serious injuries sustained to her wrist and hip.
- Named after actress Glenda Farrell.
- In The Rainbow (1989) she plays the mother of the character she had played twenty years earlier in Women in Love (1969) .
- In 1992 closed the curtain on her acting career and became Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate.
- Appointed Junior transport minister in 1997.
- Has a theatre named after her.
- She was awarded the 1984 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actress for her best performance in Strange Interlude.
- An Associate Member of RADA.
- Has been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award four times: as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic), in 1966 for portraying Charlotte Corday in Peter Weiss' "Marat/Sade," a performance recreated in the film version of the same title, Marat/Sade (1967); and, as Best Actress (Play): in 1981 for "Rose;" in 1985 for playing Nina Leeds in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude," a role she recreated in a television version of the same title, Strange Interlude (1988) (TV); and in 1988 for playing Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's "Macbeth." She has yet to win.
- On 5th May 2005 she has been re-elected MP for Hampstead & Highgate for the 4th time.
- Learned her craft (in part, at least) as a member of the Dundee Repertory Company in the early 1960s alongside Edward Fox, Michael Culver and Nicol Williamson.
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