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Smith, Maggie (I) Biography




biography of Smith, Maggie (I)

Smith, Margaret Natalie
28 December 1934, Ilford, Essex, England, UK
5' 5"
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her father was a teacher at Oxford University and her mother worked as a secretary. Smith has been married twice: to actor 'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv) and to playwright 'Beverley Cross' (qv). Her marriage to Stephens ended in divorce in 1974. She was married to Cross until his death in 1999. She had two sons with Stephens, 'Chris Larkin (I)' (qv) and 'Toby Stephens' (qv) who are also actors. Maggie Smith's career began at the Oxford Playhouse in the 1950s. She made her film debut in 1956 as one of the party guests in _Child in the House (1956)_ (qv). She has since performed in over sixty films and television series with some of the most prominent actors and actresses in the world. These include: _Othello (1965)_ (qv) with 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), _The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)_ (qv), _California Suite (1978)_ (qv) with 'Michael Caine (I)' (qv) and 'Jane Fonda' (qv), _A Room with a View (1985)_ (qv), _Richard III (1995)_ (qv) with 'Ian McKellen' (qv) and 'Jim Broadbent' (qv), 'Franco Zeffirelli' (qv)'s _Tea with Mussolini (1999)_ (qv) with 'Judi Dench' (qv), 'Joan Plowright' (qv) and 'Cher (I)' (qv) and _Gosford Park (2001)_ (qv) with 'Kristin Scott Thomas' (qv) and 'Clive Owen (I)' (qv), directed by 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv). Maggie Smith has also been nominated for an Oscar six times and won twice, for _The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)_ (qv) and _California Suite (1978)_ (qv). Most recently, Smith has appeared in the very successful 'Harry Potter' franchise as the formidable Professor McGonagall. Smith is a breast cancer survivor. Her most recent role has been in 'Julian Fellowes' (qv)' ITV drama series, _"Downton Abbey" (2010)_ (qv) (2010-2011) as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
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-   'Beverley Cross' (qv) (23 August 1975 - 20 March 1998) (his death)

-   'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv) (29 June 1967 - 6 May 1975) (divorced); 2 children


-   Director 'Agnieszka Holland' (qv) admired Maggie Smith for years before making _The Secret Garden (1993)_ (qv). She knew of Smith's talents and immediately offered her the role of Mrs. Medlock.

-   Appointed a CBE in 1970 and a DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1990.

-   Created an honorary D.Litt of the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge in 1971 and 1995 respectively.

-   She ranked tenth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British film actresses.

-   Mother-in-law of actress 'Anna-Louise Plowman' (qv).

-   She was nominated for a 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Best Actress for her performance in "The Lady in the Van" at the Queen's Theatre.

-   She was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of the 1997 season for her performance in "A Delicate Balance" at the Haymarket Theatre.

-   She was awarded the 1984 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "The Way of the World".

-   She was awarded the 1981 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".

-   She was awarded the 1994 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Three Tall Women".

-   Portrayed by 'Ian McKellen' (qv) on "_"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv)".

-   In 2003, she became the seventeenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscars: Best Actress, _The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)_ (qv) & Best Supporting Actress, _California Suite (1978)_ (qv), Tony: Best Actress - Play, "Lettice and Lovage" (1990), and Emmy: Best Actress - Miniseries/Movie, _My House in Umbria (2003) (TV)_ (qv).

-   Is a good friend of 'Judi Dench' (qv).

-   Worked with 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) in the 1960s at the National Theatre.

-   Her father Nathaniel was a Geordie and a pathologist. Her mother Margaret was a Glaswegian and a secretary.

-   Her twin brothers Ian and Alistair are six years older than she is. They are both architects.

-   Won Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for "Lettice and Lovage." She was also nominated twice before in the same category: for a revival of 'Noel Coward' (qv)'s "Private Lives" in 1975, and for "Night and Day" in 1980.

-   Educated at the High School for Girls in Oxford, she started out in the theater as a prompt girl and understudy at the Oxford Repertory. She claims she never went on as no one ever fell ill.

-   Made her stage debut with the Oxford University Dramatic Society as Viola in Shakespare's "Twelfth Night." Bird-dogged by an American theatrical impresario, the part led to her being cast in her Broadway debut in "New Faces of 1956."

-   Had to change her stage name to "Maggie Smith" as there already was an actress named "Margaret Smith" at the time she started in the profession.

-   Appeared with 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) in "Rhinoceros" in the English Stage Company's 1960 London production. Olivier pronounced her acting "Marvelous.".

-   Was a member of the Old Vic Company from 1959 to 1963, when the company was dissolved. It served as the basis for the new National Theatre being organized by 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), whom invited her to join. She gave a memorable performance as Desdemona opposite Olivier's Othello at The National Theatre's temporary home at the Old Vic theater building in 1964. Repeating the performance in the 1965 film made of that production, she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination, her first of six Oscar nods.

-   Is one of only a few actresses to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar after winning a Best Actress Oscar.

-   While filming _Death on the Nile (1978)_ (qv), aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with 'Bette Davis' (qv) and 'Angela Lansbury' (qv).

-   Was the first of 4 consecutive winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to have the initials 'M.S.', the others being: 'Meryl Streep' (qv) - _Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)_ (qv), 'Mary Steenburgen' (qv) - _Melvin and Howard (1980)_ (qv), and 'Maureen Stapleton' (qv) - _Reds (1981)_ (qv).

-   Is a vice-president of Chichester Cinema at New Park. 'Anita Roddick' (qv) and 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv) are also vice-presidents.

-   One of the first people to have a star on the Avenue of Stars - a British version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Seven other "Harry Potter" actors also have one.

-   She and her first husband, 'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv), appeared together in "Much Ado About Nothing". In 1993, 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv) and 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv), who were also married at the time, played the same roles. Smith later worked with both Branagh and Thompson in the "Harry Potter" films.

-   Has been in three films that have the word "secret" in their titles: _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv), _The Secret Garden (1993)_ (qv) and _Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)_ (qv).

-   She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.

-   Is a patron of the Jane Austen Society, devoted to author 'Jane Austen (I)' (qv) and her work.

-   Has played fictional fascists twice: first Jean Brodie in _The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)_ (qv) and then Lady Hester Random in _Tea with Mussolini (1999)_ (qv).

-   Was a good friend of "Carry On" star 'Kenneth Williams (I)' (qv).

-   In 2008, it was reported that she was fighting breast cancer. She has had a tumor removed and undergone chemotherapy.

-   At the Oscars in 2002, 'Whoopi Goldberg' (qv) introduced her, 'Will Smith (I)' (qv) and 'Jada Pinkett Smith' (qv) as "The Smith Family".

-   She appeared in "The Master Builder" with 'Michael Redgrave' (qv) and 'Celia Johnson (I)' (qv) (who had replaced the recently deceased 'Diana Wynyard' (qv)) as part of the new National Theatre Company in 1964. She and Johnson would later appear together in _The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)_ (qv).

-   Not only does she frequently work with 'Judi Dench' (qv), but they have also both worked with each other's children. Maggie worked with 'Finty Williams' (qv) in _Gosford Park (2001)_ (qv), while Dench worked with 'Toby Stephens' (qv) in _Die Another Day (2002)_ (qv).

-   Is one of 12 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are 'Helen Hayes (I)' (qv), 'Ingrid Bergman (I)' (qv), 'Shirley Booth' (qv), 'Liza Minnelli' (qv), 'Rita Moreno (I)' (qv), 'Maureen Stapleton' (qv), 'Jessica Tandy' (qv), 'Audrey Hepburn (I)' (qv), 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv), 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv) and 'Ellen Burstyn' (qv).

-   During the time she was cast in _The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)_ (qv), producers approached her for further film roles in _Cactus Flower (1969)_ (qv) and _Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)_ (qv) but she turned them down as she wanted to limit her film work and focus more on theater.

-   Grandmother to Eli (b. May 2007), Tallulah (b. May 2009) and Kura (b. September 2010), all via son 'Toby Stephens' (qv).

-   Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a son Christopher Stephens (aka 'Chris Larkin (I)' (qv)) on June 19, 1967. Child's father is her boyfriend (now late ex-1st husband), 'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv).

-   Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 34, a son 'Toby Stephens' (qv) on April 21, 1969. Child's father is her now late ex-1st husband, 'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv).


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-   (October 2002): Plays "Madeleine Palmer" in "The Breath of Life", a play by 'David Hare (I)' (qv) (Theater Royal, Haymarket, London, England, UK).

-   Her theatre credits include: Miss Shepherd in the play "The Lady in the Van" by 'Alan Bennett (I)' (qv) . Directed by 'Nicholas Hytner' (qv) (1999, Queen's Theatre, London)

-   Her theatre credits include: Mrs. Millamant in the play "The Way of the World" by 'William Congreve' (qv) . Directed by William Gaskill (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 1984)

-   (1959-1960) She acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Judi Dench, Miles Malleson, Barbara Jefford, John Justin, Alec McCowen, Joss Ackland, Donald Houston, Isabel Jeans, Fay Compton, Robert Harris, Moyra Fraser, and George Baker in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.

-   (September 7, 1959) She acted in William Congreve's play, "The Double Dealer," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Judi Dench, Miles Malleson, Alec McCowen, Isabel Jeans, and Donald Houston in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.

-   (1958-1959) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Barbara Jefford, Judi Dench, John Justin, Alec McCowen, John Moffatt, Gerald James, John Stride, and Barbara Leigh-Hunt in the cast. Toye was director.

-   (1958-1959) She acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Judi Dench' (qv), 'Michael Hordern' (qv), 'John Phillips (VI)' (qv), 'Ronald Lewis (I)' (qv), 'Beatrix Lehmann' (qv), 'Joss Ackland' (qv), 'Miles Malleson' (qv), 'Barbara Jefford' (qv), 'John Justin' (qv), 'Alec McCowen' (qv), 'Hugh Griffith (I)' (qv), 'Flora Robson' (qv), 'Isabel Jeans' (qv), 'Irene Worth' (qv), 'Ernest Thesiger' (qv), 'Barrie Ingham' (qv), 'Derek Francis' (qv) and 'Catherine Lacey' (qv) in the cast. 'Michael Benthall' (qv) was the director.

-   (1958-1959) She acted in William Congreve's play, "The Double Dealer," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Judi Dench, Miles Malleson, Alec McCowen, Ursula Jeans, Donald Houston, and John Justin in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.

-   (September 3, 1959) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Alec McCowen, Barbara Jefford, John Justin, and Judi Dench in the cast. Wendy Toye was director.

-   (April 12, 1960) She acted in J.M. Barrie's play, "What Every Woman Knows," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Donald Houston, Fay Compton, and Joss Ackland in the cast. Potter was director.

-   (December 22, 1959) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Joss Ackland, Alec McCowen, and Judi Dench in the cast. Hale was director.

-   (November 17, 1959) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Justin, George Baker, Robert Harris, and Walter Hudd in the cast. Jack May was director.

-   (1964) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi, and Joyce Redman in the cast. John Dexter was director.

-   (1965) She acted in August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie," and Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at the Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Albert Finney, Doris Hare, Derek Jacobi, and Louise Purnell in the cast. Elliott and John Dexter were directors.

-   (1969) She acted in William Wycherley's play, "The Country Wife," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, Sussex, England with Keith Baxter, Gordon Gostelow, Hugh Paddick, and Patricia Routledge in the cast. Robert Chetwyn was director.

-   (October 1984-November 1984) She acted in Wiliam Congreve's play, "The Way of the World," in the 1984 Chichester Festival Production at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, England with Michael Jayston, Joan Plowright, John Moffatt, and Tim Swinton in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (December 1984) She acted in Wiliam Congreve's play, "The Way of the World," in the 1984 Chichester Festival Production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Michael Jayston, Joan Plowright, John Moffatt, and Tim Swinton in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (2002) She acted in David Hare's play, "The Breath of Life," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Judi Dench in the cast. Howard Davies was director.

-   (1960) She acted in Eugene Ionesco's play, "Rhinoceros," in an English Stage Company production at the Strand Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Michael Gough, Michael Bates, Miles Malleson, and Peter Sallis in the cast. Orson Welles was director.

-   (2000) She acted in Alan Bennett's play, "The Lady in the Van," at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Kevin McNally, Nicholas Farrell, and Geraldine Fitzgerald in the cast. Nicholas Hytner was director.

-   (1997) She acted in Edward Albee's play, "A Delicate Balance," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Eileen Atkins, John Standing, and Annette Crosbie in the cast.

-   (1994) She acted Edward Albee's play, "Three Tall Women," at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with Frances De La Tour and Anastasia Hille in the cast.

-   (1993) She acted in Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Richard E. Grant, Alex Jennings, Susannah Harker, and Margaret Tyzack in the cast. Nicholas Hytner was director.

-   (1987) She acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "Lettice and Lovage," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Margaret Tyzack and Richard Pearson in the cast.

-   (1986) She acted in Jean Cocteau's play, "The Infernal Machine," at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Robert Eddison and Jim Carter in the cast. Simon Callow was director.

-   (1985) She acted in Ronald Harwood's play, "Interpreters," at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Edward Fox and John Moffatt in the cast.

-   (1981) She acted in Edna O'Brien and Virginia Woolf's play, "Virginia," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Nicholas Pennell and Patricia Connolly in the cast. Robin Phillips was director.

-   (1979) She acted Tom Stoppard's play, "Night and Day," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Patrick Mower and Edward De Souza in the cast. Peter Wood was director.

-   (1974) She acted in 'Charles Lawrence (II)' (qv)'s play, "Snap!", at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, England with 'Barrie Ingham' (qv), 'Ray Brooks (II)' (qv) and 'Elspeth March' (qv) in the cast. William Gaskill was the director.

-   (1972) She acted in 'Noel Coward' (qv)'s play, "Private Lives", at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with 'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv), 'James Villiers' (qv) and 'Polly Adams (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'John Gielgud' (qv) was the director.

-   (1963) She acted in 'Jean Kerr (I)' (qv)'s play, "Share My Lettuce", at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with 'Donald Harron' (qv) and 'Ron Randell' (qv) in the cast.

-   (May 10,1962) She acted in Peter Shaffer's plays, "The Private Ear," and "The Public Eye," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Kenneth Williams and Richard Pearson in the cast.

-   (1961) She acted in the Jean Anouilh's play, "The Rehearsal," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Phyllis Calvert, Robert Hardy, Diana Churchill, and Alan Badel in the cast.

-   (1957) She acted in the musical, "Share My Lettuce", at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with 'Kenneth Williams (I)' (qv) in the cast.

-   (2007) She acted in Edward Albee's play, "The Lady from Dubuque," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Vivienne Benesch, Glenn Fleshler, Peter Francis James, Chris Larkin, Catherine McCormack, Jennifer Regan, and Robert Sella in the cast. Anthony Page was director.

-   (December 10,1963) She acted in George Farquhar's play, "The Recruiting Officer," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Max Adrian, Michael Turner, Derek Jacobi, Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, John Stride, Mike Gambon, Mary Miller, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (1964) She acted in 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s play, "The Master Builder", in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Michael Redgrave' (qv), 'Derek Jacobi' (qv), 'Max Adrian (I)' (qv), 'Celia Johnson (I)' (qv) and 'Lynn Redgrave' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Wood (XVI)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1964) She acted in 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s play, "The Master Builder", in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Celia Johnson (I)' (qv), 'Edward Hardwicke' (qv) and 'Christopher Timothy' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Wood (XVI)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1964) She acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Master Builder," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, Max Adrian, Celia JOhnson, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. Peter Wood was director.

-   (1964) She acted in George Farquhar's play, "The Recruiting Officer," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Max Adrian, Michael Turner, Derek Jacobi, Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, John Stride, Mike Gambon, Mary Miller, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (April 21,1964) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, and Derek Jacobi in the cast.

-   (1965) She played Beatrice in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Robert Stephens, Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, Edward Petherbridge, Frank Finlay, Ronald Pickup, Michael York, and Christopher Timothy in the cast. Franco Zeffirelli was director.

-   (February 1963-March 1964) She acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Saint Joan;" Harold Brighouse's play, Hobson's Choice;" play, "Andorra;" George Farquhar's play, "The Recruiting Officer;" and Anton Chekhov's play, "Uncle Vanya;" in a National Theatre Repertoire production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Max Adrian, Colin Blakely, Tom Courtenay, Cyril Cusack, Robert Finlay, Rosemary Harris, Jeanne Hepple, Derek Jacobi, Robert Lang, Mary Miller, Anthony Nicholls, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Michael Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Stephens, John Stride, and Diana Wynyard in the cast.

-   (1964) She acted in Noel Coward's play, "Hay Fever," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Edith Evans, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Robert Stephens, Anthony Nicholls, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. Noel Coward was also director.

-   (1966) She acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," and August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, and Graham Crowden in the cast. Michael Elliott and John Dexter were directors.

-   (1966) She acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," and August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, Graham Crowden, Doris Hare, and Louise Purnell in the cast. Michael Elliott and John Dexter were directors.

-   (1966) She acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," and John Osborne's play, "A Bond Honoured," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Robert Stephens, Graham Crowden, and Derek Jacobi in the cast. John Dexter was director.

-   (1966) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Robert Lang, John Stride, Michael Turner, Graham Crowden, Anthony Hopkins (played Messenger), Edward Hardwicke, Edward Petherbridge, Christopher Timothy, Joyce Redman, and Sheila Reid in the cast. John Dexter was director.

-   (1966) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello," in a National Theatre Company production at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Robert Lang, John Stride, Michael Turner, Graham Crowden, Anthony Hopkins (played Messenger), Edward Hardwicke, Edward Petherbridge, Christopher Timothy, Joyce Redman, and Sheila Reid in the cast.

-   (1966) She acted in John Osborne's play, "A Bond Honoured," and Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," in a National Theatre Company production at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Robert Stephens, Derek Jacobi, and Graham Crowden in the cast. John Dexter was director.

-   (1970) She acted in 'George Farquhar' (qv)'s play, "The Beaux Strategem", in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv), 'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv), 'Ronald Pickup' (qv) and 'Derek Jacobi' (qv) in the cast. William Gaskill was the director.

-   (1970) She acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "Hedda Gabler," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Jeremy Brett, Robert Stephens, John Moffatt, and Sheila Reid in the cast. Ingmar Bergman was director.

-   (September 1970-October 1970) She acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England in Fyodor Dostoievsky's play, "The Idiot;" William Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Tom Stoppard's play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead;" Henrik Ibsen's play, "Hedda Gabler:" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" and Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" with Tom Baker, Diane Cilento, Jeremy Brett, Jim Dale, Derek Jacobi, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Robert Stephens, Jane Lappotaire, Geraldine McEwan and Edward Woodward in the cast.

-   (March 1970-May 1970) She acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in William Shakespeare's plays, "The Merchant of Venice," and "Loves Labours Lost;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" and Tom Stoppard's play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead;" with Jeremy Brett, Jim Dale, Derek Jacobi, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire, Geraldine McEwan, and Edward Woodward in the cast.

-   (1970) She acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "Hedda Gabler," in a National Theatre production at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England with Jeremy Brett, Robert Stephens, John Moffatt, Jeanne Watts, and Sheila Reid in the cast. Ingmar Bergman was director.

-   (1970) She acted in 'George Farquhar' (qv)'s play, "The Beaux Strategem", in a National Theatre production at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England with 'Robert Stephens (I)' (qv), 'Ronald Pickup' (qv) and 'Jeanne Watts' (qv) in the cast. William Gaskill was the director.

-   (December 1970-January 1971) She acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre and Cambridge Theatre in London, England in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs. Warren's Profession;" Fyodor Dostoievsky's play, "The Idiot;" William Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" Edmond Rostand's play, "Cyrano De Bergerac;" and Georges Farquhar's play, "Beaux Strategem;" with Sarah Badel, Corale Browne, Anna Carteret, Tom Baker, Jeremy Brett, Jim Dale, Derek Jacobi, Joan Plowright, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire, Geraldine McEwan, and Edward Woodward in the cast.

-   (January-February 1986, June 1986, October-December 1986) She acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Peter Shaffer's play, "Yonadab;" Tom Stoppard's plays, "The Real Inspector Hound," and "Dalliance;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The Critic;" Alan Ayckbourn's plays, "A Chorus of Disapproval," and "Tons of Money;" Howard Brenton's play, "Pravda;" Neil Simon's play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs;" William Congreve's play, "Love for Love;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs Warren's Profession;" John Webster's play, "The Duchess of Malfi,;" Charlotte Chandler's play, "Not About Heroes;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet," and "King Lear;" Athol Fugard's play, "The Road to Mecca;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard;" Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's play, "The Threepenny Opera;" Sarah Daniels's play, "Neaptide;" play, "Futurists;" David Wood's play, "The Pied Piper;" Richard Peaslee's play, "Animal Farm;" Franz Werfel's play, "Jacobowsky and The Colonel;" Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Magistrate;" David Hare's play, "The Bay At Nice;" Arthur Miller's play, "The American Clock;" Stephen Poliakoff's play, "Coming In To Land;" and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz's play, "The Mother;" with Robin Bailey, Desmond Barrit, Alan Bates, Suzanne Bertish, Brenda Blethyn, Eleanor Bron, Michael Bryant, Yvonne Bryceland, Selina Cadell, Simon Cadell, David Calder, Charlotte Cornwell, Gemma Craven, Tim Curry, Daniel Day Lewis, Frances De La Tour, Sally Dexter, Russell Dixon, Simon Dutton, Julian Fellowes, Alison Fiske, Michael Gambon, Robert Glenister, Sheila Hancock, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Head, Greg Hicks, Clare Higgins, Anthony Hopkins, Kelly Hunter, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jonathan Hyde, Barry Ingham, Sara Kestelman, Roy Kinnear, Leigh Lawson, Nicholas Le Prevost, Nigel Le Vaillant, Hugh Lloyd, Stephen Mackintosh, Anna Massey, Tim McInnery, Ian McKellen, Claire Moore, Stephen Moore, Wendy Morgan, Bill Nighy, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Joan Plowright, Amanda Redman, Moira Redmond, Jack Shepherd, Michael Simkins, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Stewart, Ken Stott, Zoe Wanamaker, Marcia Warren, Jane Wenham, and Irene Worth in the cast.


-   Michael Coveney. _Maggie Smith: A Bright Particular Star._ London: Gollancz Ltd., 1992. ISBN 0575051884


-   One went to school, one wanted to act, one started to act, and one's still acting.

-   "Jude is the most incredibly level person. Generous, understanding. All the things I'd have to work very hard at, Jude is like that all the time. I would love to be like that. And working with Jude you have to try to remember that you ought to be like that" [on her friend 'Judi Dench' (qv)].

-   I love it, I'm privileged to do it and I don't know where I'd be without it. [on acting]

-   The performances you have in your head are always much better than the performances on stage.

-   "I still miss him so much it's ridiculous. People say it gets better but it doesn't. It just gets different, that's all. Even in my dream I kept saying to him, 'You are dead. You can't be here'" [on her second husband, 'Beverley Cross' (qv)].

-   I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost - it's there and then it's gone.

-   It's true I don't tolerate fools but then they don't tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that's why I'm quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies.

-   I longed to be bright and most certainly never was. I was rather hopeless, I suspect.

-   But there was an incredible nervousness about him. You couldn't do this, couldn't do that. Mustn't ride a bike, you'd be bound to fall off. Couldn't swim, you'd most certainly drown. [on her father]

-   I wanted to be a serious actress, but of course that didn't really happen. I did Desdemona [at the National, opposite Olivier] with great discomfort and was terrified all the time. But then everyone was terrified of Larry.

-   My career is chequered. Then I think I got pigeon-holed in humour; Shakespeare is not my thing.

-   I tend to head for what's amusing because a lot of things aren't happy. But usually you can find a funny side to practically anything.

-   [on roles] "When you get into the granny era, you're lucky to get anything."

-   It's true I don't tolerate fools, but then they don't tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that's why I'm quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies.

-   I've won two Oscars and I still don't begin to understand film acting.

-   [on whether she will miss filming Harry Potter now that the series is completed] No, it was 10 years, and that's a lot.


-   (March 2007) Performing in the London West End production of "The Lady from Dubuque".

-   (June 2008) Currently resting and recovering from ill health, but soon to start work on _From Time to Time (2009)_ (qv), which is based on 'Lucy M. Boston' (qv)'s book "The Children of Green Knowe".


-   "Premiere" (USA), April 2002, Vol. 15, Iss. 8, pg. 92, by: Brantley Bardin, "Idol Chatter"

-   "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 10 November 2001, by: Chloe Fox, "Spell binding"


-   "The Daily Telegraph" (USA), 10 November 2006, by: Neil Midgley, "Maggie Smith is tempted back to TV by Poliakoff"

-   "Independent" (UK), 16 December 2004, by: Michael Coveney, "A real drama queen"

-   "The Economist" (UK), 16 November 2002, Vol. 365, Iss. 8299, pg. 84-85, "Alias Smith and Dench"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 15 March 2002, Vol. 1, Iss. 644, pg. 32-34, by: Jeff Gordinier, "Grande Dame"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 22 February 2002, Vol. -, Iss. 640/641, pg. 56, by: Nicholas Fonseca, "Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith"

-   "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 14 June 2001, by: Hugh Davies, "Why Hollywood wants Dame Maggie's magic"

-   "Telegraph Magazine" (UK), 12 November 1994, pg. 40-41+43, by: Mick Brown, "Maggie: Moody & Magnificent"


-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1990, Vol. 3, Iss. 4, pg. 80-81, by: staff, "Maggie Smith"


-   "Daily Express Saturday" (UK), 25 September 2010

-   "Premiere" (USA), November 2001

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