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Maggie Smith

Birth Name: 
Margaret Natalie Smith
Birthday: 
Friday, December 28, 1934
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Birth Place: 
Ilford, Essex, England
Height: 
5' 5"

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her father was a teacher at Oxford University and her mother worked as a secretary. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross. Her marriage to Stephens ended in divorce in 1974. She was married to Cross until his death in 1999. She had two sons with Stephens, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens who are also actors.

Maggie Smith's career began at the Oxford Playhouse in the 1950s. She made her film debut in 1956 as one of the party guests in Child in the House (1956). She has since performed in over sixty films and television series with some of the most prominent actors and actresses in the world. These include: Othello (1965) with Laurence Olivier, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), California Suite (1978) with Michael Caine and Jane Fonda, A Room with a View (1985), Richard III (1995) with Ian McKellen and Jim Broadbent, Franco Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini (1999) with Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Cher and Gosford Park (2001) with Kristin Scott Thomas and Clive Owen, directed by Robert Altman. Maggie Smith has also been nominated for an Oscar six times and won twice, for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and California Suite (1978).

Most recently, Smith has appeared in the very successful 'Harry Potter' franchise as the formidable Professor McGonagall.

Smith is a breast cancer survivor.

Her most recent role has been in Julian Fellowes' ITV drama series, "Downton Abbey" (2010) (2010-2011) as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Awards and Nominations

2002 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Gosford Park)
1979 - Won - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (A Room With a View)
1973 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Travels With My Aunt)
1970 - Won - Best Actress in a Leading Role (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
1966 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Othello)

News

6 new posters for Harry Potter 6!

MSN had the dectinct honor of unrolling 6 new posters for the much anticipated 6th installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  The posters showcase 6 of the prime characters including Harry, Malfoy, Dumbledore, Ron, Snape and Hermione.  Click the poster to ... Read more
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Reviews

Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 Limited Edition Set - Original UK Version

Unlike most, I began watching Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime long after the critically praised series had finished it’s second season run. I had heard it was fantastic, and it is, but I had not found the time to get caught up in the hoopla and missed watching it as it aired on PBS.... Read more
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Ten years ago, the film industry was introduced to a little boy in round spectacles with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead. Based on the immensely popular books about a young wizard, the Harry Potter franchise has captured Hollywood by storm, grossing more than $6 billion worldwide.... Read more
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A Private Function (BLU-RAY)

Poor lowly Gilbert Chilvers, a foot surgeon, plays by the rules in post World War II England while everyone around him scams food on their table in a time of heavy rationing.... Read more
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Gnomeo & Juliet

There have been many retellings of Shakespeare's tragic tale of forbidden love and war. Yes, I’m talking about Romeo & Juliet here, and like most of us, you were probably forced to read it at some point during your educational career.... Read more
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Becoming Jane (BLU-RAY)

The bigger commercial movie of the two Jane’s (see also The Jane Austen Book Club), Becoming Jane mostly failed at the box office, at the critics table and with fans alike and this one is actually ABOUT Ja... Read more
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Videos

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Trailer #1)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Trailer #1)

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starring Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie ... Read more
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My Old Lady (Trailer #1)

My Old Lady (Trailer #1)

My Old Lady starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas ... Read more
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Gnomeo And Juliet TRAILER

Gnomeo And Juliet TRAILER

The greatest love story ever told, starring...garden gnomes? In the upcoming “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover ... Read more
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