We’re all convinced that she’s one of the greatest living actresses of all time. One of the Britain’s versatile imported actresses, a double Oscar Award winning queen, mesmerized our eyes with her mythical looks in her early years of acting. She has been delighting us for more than six decades as our choice “First Lady of Magic” – Dame Maggie Smith CH, DBE.
Born as Margaret Natalie Smith on December 28th, 1934 in Essex, England. She studied at Oxford High Scool. Had two children Chris and Toby. Married to Robert Stephens in 1967 and got divorced in 1974. She married Beverley Cross in 1975. She first appeared in theatre on a 1952 stage play “Twelfth Night.” She gained television appearances starting in the year 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre.
She made a debut movie 1956’s “Child in the House”, as Bridget Howard in a 1958 movie “Nowhere to Go” and as Chantal in “Go to Blazes.” As she was bestowed to become empress in the acting industry, she became one of the most recognizable actresses in movies in the following years. She also acted as the old Wendy from the movie “Hook” with
Robin Williams in 1991. She also co-starred with
Whoopi Goldberg in their comedy film “Sister Act” and “Back in The Habit” as unshaken Reverend Mother. She significantly dominated the Hollywood industry as she played the role of Professor Minerva McGonagall in the movie franchise “Harry Potter.” She made great performances in her television comeback as widowed Countess Violet Crawley in “
Downton Abbey” where she won in 2010 and 2011 as Outstanding Supporting Actress from Emmy Awards.
She won 54 awards bagging at least one award per year. She won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role from Academy Awards and BAFTA in the 1969 movie “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role “California Suite” in 1978. The Alfred Toepfer Stiftung honored her in 1991 receiving “Shakespeare Prize” and Actors Hall of Fame in 2014. She also won Best Actress for the movie “A Private Function” in 1984 and “A Room With A View” in 1986. She won Best Actress in Supporting Role (BAFTA) for the movie “Tea with Mussolini” in 1999. We cannot forget her more than life British Empire Orders as a Commander and Dame Commander in 1970 and 1990 respectively. She won Best Ensemble from Critics Choice in 2001 movie “Gosford Park” and Outstanding Lead Actress in 2003 “My House in Umbria” from Emmy Awards and more. She’s a devotee for International Glaucoma Association and relief contributor for earthquake disasters.
Her complete name is Maggie Natalie Smith; formerly known as Dame Margaret. A famous English actress born in the city of Rumford, England; she started off her acting career as a stage performance in the year 1952 at the Oxford Playhouse. She was so talented and expressive by her cinema skills that she was awarded the prestigious Best Actress Evening Standard Award for an exemplary act in the London theater.
Apart from the London crowd, New York City also accepted this new beautiful talent with full pomp and celebration. For films like Private Lives (1975), 'Night and Day' (1979) and 'Lettice and Lovage' (1990), she continuously did win many nominations for Tony Awards in the category of the best and most likable Heroine.
Before she tried her luck in the industry, she devoted most of her time and attention to the stage performances. She contributed her part in many dramas like Antony and 'Cleopatra '(1976), Macbeth (1978); which were the new recreations of the renowned Shakespeare. Also, she also showcased her skills at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; for the plays A dedicated Balance (1997) and The Breath of Life (2002).
Her debut movie was a great show for the audience and was highly appreciated by the critics too. It was strange for a newcomer to start off her journey with a risk to choose a crime and thrill film, but Maggie did outstanding work in the movie and received many laurels. She also won the BAFTA Award nomination for her debut movie.
It was noticed that the directors and the producers fused to find her apt for performing in the Shakespeare roles. When she played the role of Desdemona in the film version of the well profound novel of William Shakespeare named Othello, she earned a lot of fame and respect; in the form of award nominations for Academy and Golden Globe awards. This movie proved to be the greatest milestone in her acting career. She never left her passion and decided to work forth in this field till her possible capacity.