Maggie Smith was born on 28 December 1934 in Ilford,
Essex, England, UK. She would go on to have a long and distinguished
career on both stage and screen, that has spanned a dizzingly-wide
range of characters and two generations of audiences.
Trained at the Oxford Playhouse
School, Dame Maggie made her stage debut in 1952 and her first
film, 'Nowhere to Go' in 1958. She first came to the attention
of American moviegoers in 'The V.I.P.s' in 1963, and her "Desdemona"
in Laurence Olivier's 1965 movie, 'Othello', earned her an Oscar
nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Her impressive performance as
an eccentric schoolmistress in 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'
in 1969 finally won her the Oscar and established her worldwide
as a star.
Another Best Actress nomination
followed for her role in 'Travels With My Aunt' in 1972, and
she won her second Oscar playing an actress who's nominated for
an Oscar but loses in Neil Simon's 'California Suite' in 1978.
Another Oscar nomination arrived for her beautiful work in Merchant
& Ivory's 'Room With a View' in 1986 (which also starred
Dame Judi Dench).
Many other film and stage roles
followed, and in 1970, Dame Maggie was appointed a CBE, followed
by a DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British
Empire) in 1990 for her prodigious dramatic accomplishments.
A new generation discovered her
talent via her charming, elderly "Wendy" in 'Hook'
in 1991, and her role as a very straight-laced "Mother Superior"
in 'Sister Act' and 'Sister Act II'. But it is the 'Harry Potter'
series of films with her in the role of "Professor Minerva
McGonagall" (which also stars Alan
Rickman and Sean
Biggerstaff) that has firmly won her a legion of new
and devoted fans in children and adults everywhere.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner
of Azkaban (2004) .... Professor McGonagall
- Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets (2002) .... Professor McGonagall
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
Sisterhood (2002) .... Caro Eliza Bennett
- Gosford Park (2001) .... Constance
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone (2001) .... Professor McGonagall
- Curtain Call (1999) .... Lily
- The Last September (1999) ....
- Tea with Mussolini (1999) ....
Lady Hester Random
- Washington Square (1997) ....
Aunt Lavinia Penniman
- The First Wives Club (1996)
.... Gunilla Garson Goldberg
- Richard III (1995) .... Duchess
- Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
(1993) .... Mother Superior
- The Secret Garden (1993) ....
- Sister Act (1992) .... Mother
Superior (Rev. Mother)
- Hook (1991) .... Granny Wendy/Middle-Aged
- Romeo-Juliet (1990) (voice)
- The Lonely Passion of Judith
Hearne (1987) .... Judith Hearne
- A Room with a View (1986) ....
Charlotte Bartlett, a chaperon
- A Játszani kell (1985)
.... Lily Wynn
- A Private Function (1984) ....
- Better Late Than Never (1982)
.... Miss Anderson
- The Missionary (1982) .... Lady
- Evil Under the Sun (1982) ....
- Quartet (1981) .... Lois Heidler
- Clash of the Titans (1981) ....
- California Suite (1978) ....
- Death on the Nile (1978) ....
- Murder by Death (1976) ....
Mrs. Dora Chaleston
- Love and Pain and the Whole
Damn Thing (1972) .... Lila Fisher
- Travels with My Aunt (1972)
.... Aunt Augusta
- Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
.... Music Hall Star
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
(1969) .... Jean Brodie
- Hot Millions (1968) .... Patty
- The Honey Pot (1967) .... Sarah
- Othello (1965) .... Desdemona
- Young Cassidy (1965) .... Nora
- The Pumpkin Eater (1964) ....
- The V.I.P.s (1963) .... Miss
- Go to Blazes (1962) .... Chantal
- Nowhere to Go (1958) .... Bridget
- Child in the House (1956) (uncredited)
.... Party Guest
- My House in Umbria (2003) ....
Mrs. Emily Delahunty
- David Copperfield (1999) ....
- All the King's Men (1999) ....
- Tennessee Williams: Orpheus
of the American Stage (1994) (archive footage) .... Violet Venable
- Suddenly, Last Summer (1993)
.... Violet Venable
- Memento Mori (1992) .... Mrs.
- Talking Heads (1987) (mini)
- The Millionairess (1972)
- The Merchant of Venice (1972)
- The Seagull (1968) .... Irina
- Man and Superman (1968)
- Much Ado About Nothing (1967)
- Three Tall Women (West End)
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