Knowledge Identifier: +Maggie_Smith
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1934.
Countries: United Kingdom (66%), United States (18%), Ireland (4%)
Linked to: Oxford High School, University of Oxford, University of Bath, University of Cambridge
She was "in Orange" in the musical comedy "Share My Lettuce", based on the book by Bamber Gascoigne, that opened at the Lyric Hammersmith on 21 August 1957
One of Smith's earliest acting citations was as nominee for Most Promising Newcomer to Film of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for "Nowhere To Go" in 1958
She became a fixture at the Royal National Theatre in the 1960s, most notably for playing Desdemona in "Othello" opposite Laurence Olivier and earning her first Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1965 film version
Peter Shaffer - They were presented in May 1962 at the Globe Theatre, and both starred Maggie Smith
Stratford Shakespeare Festival - She appeared in numerous productions at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, to acclaim from 1976 through to 1980
Michael Palin - In 1982, Palin wrote and starred in "The Missionary", co-starring Maggie Smith
Liz Smith (actress) - In 1984, Liz Smith received a BAFTA *award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maggie Smith's mother in "A Private Function"
In 1986, she was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath
Natasha Richardson - She starred with Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and Kenneth Branagh in a 1987 & BBC adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play "Ghosts"; with Maggie Smith and Rob Lowe in a 1993 BBC adaptation of "Suddenly, Last Summer" by Tennessee Williams; portrayed Zelda Fitzgerald in the 1993 television movie "Zelda"; and starred in "Haven" on CBS and "The Mastersons of Manhattan" on NBC.
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, opposite Daniel Radcliffe, with whom she had previously worked in the 1999 BBC television adaptation of "David Copperfield", playing Betsey Trotwood
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - The screenplay, written by Ol Parker, was based on the 2004 novel "These Foolish Things", by Deborah Moggach, and features an ensemble cast consisting of Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom_Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton, as a group of British pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India, run by the young and eager Sonny, played by Dev Patel
In 2007, she appeared in Edward Albee's "The Lady from Dubuque" at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Alan Bennett - A radio play of the same title was broadcast on 21 February 2009 on BBC Radio 4, with actress Maggie Smith reprising her role of Miss Shepherd and Alan Bennett playing himself
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - It is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and features an ensemble cast consisting of stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill_Nighy, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Dev Patel, Lillete Dubey, David Strathairn and Richard Gere
In 2013, she received a Golden Globe award for her performance in Downton Abbey season 2
Celeb TV reported on March 2, 2015 that Smith had announced that the Sixth Series of Downton Abbey would be her last