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Dame Margaret Natalie Smith Cross, DBE (born 28 December 1934), better known as Maggie Smith, is an English film, stage, and television actress who made her stage debut in 1952 and is still performing after 57 years. Considered to be one of world's greatest living actresses, she has won numerous awards for acting, including five BAFTA Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Emmy Award and a Tony Award.

Early life

Smith was born in Ilford, then Essex, the daughter of Margaret (née Hutton), a Glasgowmarker-born secretary, and Nathaniel Smith, a Newcastle upon Tynemarker-born public health pathologist who worked at Oxford Universitymarker. She has older twin brothers, Alistair and Ian. Smith studied at Oxford High Schoolmarker.

Career

Smith has had an extensive career both on screen and in live theatre, and is known as one of Britain's pre-eminent actresses. She began her career at the Oxford Playhousemarker with Frank Shelley and made her first film in 1956. She became a fixture at the Royal National Theatremarker in the 1960s, most notably for playing Desdemona in Othello opposite Laurence Olivier and winning her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1965 film version.

In 1969 she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as an unorthodox Scottish schoolteacher in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a role originally created on stage by Vanessa Redgrave in 1966 in London. (Zoe Caldwell had won the Tony Award for Best Actress when she played the role in New York.) Smith was also awarded the 1978 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the brittle actress Diana Barry in California Suite, acting opposite Michael Caine. Afterwards, on hearing that Michael Palin was about to embark on a film (The Missionary) with Smith, Caine is supposed to have humorously telephoned Palin, warning him that she would steal the film. She also starred with Palin in the black comedy A Private Function in 1984.

Smith appeared in Sister Act in 1992 and had a major role in the 1999 film Tea With Mussolini, where she appeared as the formidable Lady Hester. Indeed, many of her more mature roles have centred on what Smith refers to as her "gallery of grotesques", playing waspish, sarcastic or plain rude characters. Recent examples of this would include the judgemental sister in Ladies in Lavender and the cantankerous snob Constance, Countess of Trentham in Gosford Park, for which she received another Oscar nomination.

Other notable roles include the querulous Charlotte Bartlett in the Merchant-Ivory production of A Room with a View, a vivid supporting turn as the aged Duchess of York in Ian McKellen's film of Richard III, and a little known but powerful performance as Lila Fisher in the 1973 film Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing with Timothy Bottoms. Due to the international success of the Harry Potter movies, she is now widely known for playing the role of Professor Minerva McGonagall. She also plays an older Wendy in the Peter Pan movie, Hook.

She appeared in numerous productions at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratfordmarker, Ontariomarker, to extraordinary acclaim from 1976 through to 1980. These roles included Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Virginia Woolf in Virginia, and countless lead roles with long-time Stratford icon Brian Bedford including the Noël Coward comedy Private Lives.

On stage, her many roles have included the title character in the stage production of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van and starring as Amanda in a revival of Private Lives. She won a Tony Award in 1990 for Best Actress in a Play for Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage, in which she starred as an eccentric tour guide in an English stately home. She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1970, and was raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 1990.

Personal life

Smith has been married twice. She married Robert Stephens on 29 June 1967 at the Greenwich Register Office and had two sons with him: actors Chris Larkin (born in 1967) and Toby Stephens (born in 1969). They divorced on 6 May 1974. Smith is a grandmother via both her sons.

She married playwright Beverley Cross on 23 August 1975 at the Guildfordmarker Register Office, and the marriage ended with his death on 20 March 1998.

She was a close friend of actor Sir Rex Harrison and spoke at his New York memorial service in 1990. Smith was also close to Laurence Olivier and his wife Joan Plowright. She attended Olivier's memorial service in 1989.

In 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer but made a full recovery.

Filmography

Television and cinema

Year Film Role Notes
1958 Nowhere to Go Bridget Howard Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1962 Go to Blazes Chantal
1963 The V.I.P.s Miss Mead Nominated - Golden Globe
1964 The Pumpkin Eater Philpot
1965 Othello Desdemona" Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Young Cassidy Nora Nominated - BAFTA Award
1967 The Honey Pot Sarah Watkins
1968 Hot Millions Patty Terwilliger Smith
1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jean Brodie Academy Award for Best Actress

BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Oh! What a Lovely War Music Hall Star
1972 Travels with My Aunt Aunt Augusta Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1973 Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing Lila Fisher
1974 The Carol Burnett Show Gwendylspire Bougraffe
1975 The Carol Burnett Show Ms. Collins
1976 Murder by Death Dora Charleston
1978 Death on the Nile Miss Bowers Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
California Suite Diana Barrie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1981 Quartet Lois Heidler Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Clash of the Titans Thetis Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1982 Evil Under the Sun Daphne Castle
The Missionary Lady Isabel Ames
Better Late Than Never Miss Anderson
1984 A Private Function Joyce Chilvers BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Lily in Love Lily Wynn Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best TV Actress
1985 A Room with a View Charlotte Bartlett BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1987 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Judith Hearne BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Talking Heads Susan Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best TV Actress
1991 Hook Wendy Darling
1992 Sister Act Mother Superior
Memento Mori Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best TV Actress
1993 Suddenly, Last Summer (BBC TV film) Violet Venable Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Mother Superior
The Secret Garden Mrs. Medlock Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1995 Richard III Duchess of York
1996 The First Wives Club Gunilla Garson Goldberg National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
1997 Washington Square Aunt Lavinia Penniman Nominated - Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 The Last September Lady Myra Naylor
Tea With Mussolini Lady Hester Random BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Curtain Call Lily Gale
David Copperfield Betsey Trotwood Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best TV Actress

Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2001 Gosford Park Constance, Countess of Trentham Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast












Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Minerva McGonagall Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Caro Eliza Bennett
2003 My House in Umbria Emily Delahunty Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Minerva McGonagall
Ladies in Lavender Janet Widdington Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actress
2005 Keeping Mum Grace Hawkins
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Minerva McGonagall
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Becoming Jane Lady Gresham
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Minerva McGonagall
From Time to Time Linnet Oldknow completed
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part I Minerva McGonagall filming
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Mrs. Docherty filming
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part II Minerva McGonagall filming
Quartet Jean in development


Theatre Roles



Awards

BAFTA/Academy Awards

Besides the acting awards Smith has won, she has received two other BAFTA Award honors. In 1993, she received a BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1996, she received an Academy Fellowship. She has also won two Academy Awards.

Stage awards



See also



References

  1. Maggie Smith Biography (1934-)
  2. Maggies Smith at Yahoo Movies.
  3. Maggie Smith biography. Tiscali.film & TV.
  4. Maggie Smith. Film Reference.com.
  5. Michael Coveney, "I'm Very Scared of Being Back on Stage", thisislondon.co.uk, 3 February 2007 [1]
  6. Mark Lawson, "Prodigal Son", The Guardian, 31 May 2007
  7. Actress Maggie Smith recounts cancer battle


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