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Maggie SmithMaggie Smith was born as Margaret Nathalie Smith in 1934 in the county of Essex, northeast of London. Her mother, Margaret Hutton Little, was a Scot, her father, Nathaniel Smith came from Newcastle upon Tyne, and was British. She grew up with two older brothers, six years, the twins, Ian and Alistair.

In midsummer 1939, Maggie Smith was four years old, the family moved to Oxford. It was feared bombing of the Luftwaffe and held Oxford for safer. Smith's father worked as a pathologist at the university there. It was recorded a little later at Oxford High School for Girls. Smith, however, could never warm up to university education and left school at 16 to join the Oxford Playhouse School. She began working at the theater, and soon had the rank of Assistant Stage Manager stopped.

After appearances in the Children In Uniform Chegwell in the player and at the Playhouse in "The Pick-Up Girl, Maggie Smith was followed by professional stage debut in 1952, when she for the Oxford University Dramatic Society in Twelfth Night was on stage. Over the next four years, they expanded their horizons in various theatrical productions, including He Who Gets Slapped, Rookery Nook, and Cinderella. During this time, but they celebrated their greatest success in vaudeville revues, she also played in these theaters at the Edinburgh Festival and was at the New Theater, Oxford Watergate Accents debuts on the London stage. In the show New Faces '56 Revue Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway on one of the last organized by the former actor Leonard Silman 1934 to 1968) (she showed her comedic talent and was soon known as a singing actress.

In the following years Maggie Smith increased visibility. She worked regularly in London, was in the Share My Lettuce Revue Theater in Hammersmith, and step-mother in the St. To see Martin's Theater and had engagements in the prestigious Old Vic Theater, where the Shakespeare plays, Richard II, As You Like It, and appeared in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Soon she was in the play Mary, Mary, her West End debut in the West End Theater, for which she was honored as a wide variety of vaudeville stage actress of the year. Her talent did not remain hidden, and it became a permanent member of Laurence Olivier's new Royal National Theater Company, was at the Smith lavish productions such as Othello and Henrik Ibsen's master builder see Solness too.

Maggie SmithActing career

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Smith's film career began in 1956 when she acted in a small role as a party guest in Eric Portman's Movie Child In The House. Two years later she again had a small part in the crime drama Hunted, for which she received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for most promising young actresses.


In 1962, Smith won the favor of the male audience, as they Chantal have in Michael Truman's crime comedy thieves played priority. A year later, when Maggie Smith was a member of the National Theater Company, she also got better roles. As a shy, while love-hungry Miss Mead, who wants to protect her boss from financial ruin, she was surrounded in Anthony Asquith's melodrama Hotel International (1963) with an all-star ensemble of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Margaret Rutherford. That was in 1964 for the Golden Globe Award nomination as Best Young Actress, but had to Ursula Andress, Tippi Hedren and Elke Sommer in the cold. The following year she played a lively Philpott in Jack Clayton's bedroom drama dispute in which they, together with Anne Bancroft courted by Peter Finch.

Maggie Smith's next film was Cassidy, who rebel, who was based on the autobiographical works of Irish playwright Sean O'Casey. Cassidy was represented by Rod Taylor, who stood with the young Julie Christie in front of the camera. But it is precisely the relationship with Smith's character, Nora, a formal book seller, was the one who stood out. For her performance she was nominated as best British actress for the BAFTA Award.

1965 Maggie Smith earned international fame as an actress for the first time. As Desdemona to Laurence Olivier's Othello, it gave off an extraordinary spectacle of performance. It was reported that swore notoriously insecure and manipulative Olivier, never work more with Smith. With the film version of stage play by William Shakespeare Maggie Smith celebrated her breakthrough as a film actress and was the first time for an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress. Venice see - and inherit ... (1967), a comedy based on Ben Jonson's play Volpone and The Thing million (1968) followed. During this time, Smith also remained faithful to the theater and she was in the Old Vic and sporadically in Henrik Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler and see the play Trelawney Of The Wells. Since 1968, she played three times in movies, with Sir Peter Ustinov: In addition to the millions of things in two adaptations for Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (1978) and Evil Under the Sun (1982).


Smith was married several times. In the mid-1960s, Maggie Smith met during the filming of the television series, Much Ado About Nothing and Hay Fever familiar with the actor Robert Stephens. The two married in 1967 and were seen together on the screen, including Ronald Neame's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and in the British comedy Travels with My Aunt. They have two sons who also switched to the play specialist. Chris Larkin acted together with his mother in Franco Zeffirelli's Tea With Mussolini (1999), while her second son, Toby Stephens in Clint Eastwood's adventure film Space Cowboys, and participated in the James Bond -was seen film Die Another Day (2002) as the villain Gustav Graves to.

With two children, Maggie Smith began to reduce her workload, which her strong screen presence, but not impaired. In 1969 she played two of their most significant roles: first it was seen as a teacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to. For her role as liberal, enthusiastic and naive Jean Brodie (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), who places her students love, politics and art closer, she celebrated her greatest success and was honored in 1970 with the Oscar for best actress, and with the British BAFTA Award honored. Her next role was that of sexgierigen a singer in Richard Attenborough's Oh, What a Lovely War. Another time, she won an Oscar nomination as best actress for her portrait of the flamboyant Aunt Augusta, who leads a simple-minded young banker on a crazy tour across Europe, Travels with My Aunt (1972).

After a series of professional disappointments, Smith left 1971 the Royal National Theater. Vocational misery quickly loaded her marriage to Robert Stephens. It ended in 1974. At that time, toured with Smith and her husband, John Gielgud Theater production of Private Lives by the United States. When they have performed in Los Angeles, saw the emotional stress that Smith suffered in their game. She tormented herself and showed all the nervous tics and affectations. Her husband, Robert Stephens still left in Los Angeles, the troupe, and hence the marriage with Maggie Smith was terminated. At the same time broke with the separation from his wife, the career of Robert Stephens. It was only after more than a decade, he was again seen in such films as Empire of the Sun and The Bonfire of the Vanities for.

After this devastating events reduced the tensions in Smith's life again soon. In 1975 she met again her old childhood sweetheart, Beverley Cross and married them. Cross was a famous playwright, the screenplays and novels for productions such as Jason and the Argonauts, Genghis Khan, Half A Sixpence and thriving television production, such as The Six Wives Of Henry VIII wrote. He died in 1998.

Maggie Smith summed up by this relationship new strength from 1976 to 1980 and appeared on the London stage in such well-known pieces such as Cleopatra, Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, Macbeth and Private Lives. It was also at the Phoenix Theater in the play Night and Day in New York on stage. To this end, she received a nomination for the Tony Awards, the most important American musical theater and price.

1976 Maggie Smith returned to the big screen. She was in the parody thriller Murder by Death as a companion of David Niven see in a role, alluding to the hero of the series The Thin Man. Two years later she played together with Alan Alda, Michael Caine and Jane Fonda in the California Suite. This was a clever, sometimes very cruel comedy, told four different stories from four different rooms of a hotel in Beverly Hills. In a pure reversal of their role as Diana Barrie, a British actress highly contaminated, resulting from the empty in the Oscar-night, Maggie Smith won her second Oscar, this time as best supporting actress.

Maggie Smith1980s

From that date, dominated Maggie Smith each production. She was seen as a funny lady in the seduction of the naive Ames Michael Palin in The Missionary (1982), as well as the ambitious Joyce Chilvers fisherman's wife in Malcolm Mowbray's comedy Lean Times (1984), for which she was again awarded a BAFTA as Best Actress. Another success for Smith in 1986 was the supporting role of careworn spinster Charlotte Bartlett in James Ivory's romantic comedy room with a view for which she was allowed to receive a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award and another Oscar nomination for best supporting actress was given. Then there was again a BAFTA Award for Jack Clayton's melodrama The great desire of Judith Hearne (1987), in which she embodies a woman in Dublin denies the 1950s, her life as a piano teacher and when she falls in love with a grubby hotel owners, Decides to take advantage of it, as far as he can. She also impressed in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues. 1999 Smith should be in The Lady In The Van at the Queen's working again with Bennett.

After the play had been performed Lettuce And Lovage from 1987 to 1988 at the London Globe, Smith came in 1990 with the play to New York to perform it where it had stood 34 years ago for the first time on stage, the Ethel Barrymore Theater . For her performance, she was again awarded with a Tony Award.


Then movie offers came from Hollywood. She played in 1992 in Steven Spielberg's Hook, the aged Wendy, the dream of Peter Pan. It also represents the Mother Superior in Whoopi Goldberg-vehicle Sister Act (Part 1 and 2) and entered in 1996 next to Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton in the tragicomedy The First Wives Club as a rich New York business woman in appearance.


Smith dealt continue with meaningful cinema production, for example, she was seen in Ian McKellen Richard III. (1996) and in Franco Zeffirelli's Tea With Mussolini (2000). She worked with costume dramas as well as in Robert Altman's British genre picture Gosford Park, where she excelled in 2002 as a garrulous, dependent, and perpetually hungry Countess Constance Trentham, and was honored with another Oscar nomination. In 2001 she was selected to play in the first part of the Harry Potter series, the eccentric Professor Minerva McGonagall to inform the children in a school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In addition to acting colleague, Robbie Coltrane, Smith was the only one that was by the author JK Rowling personally invited to play a role in her book adaptation Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone too. She was seen in the following five parts of the Chamber of Secrets (2002), The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), The Goblet of Fire (2005), The Order of the Phoenix (2007) and The Half-Blood Prince (2009).

Even before the Harry Potter films, she was seen in the comedy The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), in which a woman has a revealing diary of her eccentric mother. The band consisted of Smith alongside Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd and Ellen Burstyn. In the American TV movie My House in Umbria (2003) she played the love-hungry and alcoholic novelist Emily Delahunty, which derives from an orphaned little girl new hope.

Another highlight of Smith's life was in the London theater scene with Judi Dench in David Hare's The Breath of Life Zweipersonenstück as glamorous Madeline, which receives at her home of the Isle of Wight, the novelist and wife of her former lover.


In her acting career Maggie Smith has been involved in over 60 film and television productions and includes two Oscars, eight British BAFTAs and two Golden Globes preserved. Her theatrical career has been acknowledged, among other things with a Tony Award, three and six of the Variety Club Awards Evening Standard. In 1970 she was appointed by the Queen Elizabeth II to the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 1990 brought the lady of the British Empire (DBE). In 1991 she received in Hamburg Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation. She also has a star on the London Avenue of Stars.