Maggie Smith by Michael CoveneyNo one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith. Michael Coveneys biography shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer, one whose stage and screen career spans six decades. From her days as a West End star of comedy and revue, Dame Maggies path would cross with those of the greatest actors, playwrights and directors of the era. Whether stealing scenes from Richard Burton, answering back to Laurence Olivier, or playing opposite Judi Dench in Breath of Life, her career can be seen as a Whos Who of British theatre. Her film and television career has been just as starry. From the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the meddling chaperone in A Room With a View to the Harry Potter films in which she played Minerva McGonagall (as she put it Miss Jean Brodie in a wizards hat) and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films in which she played the wise Muriel Donnelly, Smith has thrilled, engaged and made audiences laugh. As Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey she conquered millions more. Paradoxically she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public. Michael Coveneys absorbing biography, written with the actresss blessing and drawing on personal archives, as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends, is a portrait of one of the greatest actors of our time.
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Bennett's screenplay of this 'autobiopic' is a delight, showing how human kindness can be hilariously begrudging, but some of its conceits can be distracting. - At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.
But, how old is she, will she be in the Downton Abbey movie, and what are some of her most iconic roles? The Essex native is the daughter of an English public health pathologist father who worked at Oxford University and a Scottish secretary mother. She studied acting at the Oxford Playhouse and kicked off her career by playing Viola in Twelfth Night. Since then, her career has been full of iconic movies, fan-favourite television series, and countless awards. She has been married twice, firstly to Robert Stephens, with whom she has two sons Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens, and secondly yo Beverley Cross who died in
The Downton Abbey movie is finally here, and with the new film comes all of our favorite features of the beloved series: Lady Mary's enviable s-era wardrobe , Mrs. Hughes and Daisy's usual antics in the kitchen, and of course, the wit and wisdom of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. The Dowager Countess is exquisitely brought to life by Academy Award winner and actual Dame Maggie Smith , who delivers each line with the charisma and dry humor of a true legend. As the eldest Crawley on Downton and the matriarch of the family, Smith's Dowager Countess never misses an opportunity to share her unvarnished opinion of what's happening at Downton. No character is immune to her wit—not even her beloved son Robert Crawley, or her granddaughters, Lady Mary and Lady Edith.