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Maggie Smith – one of the most outstanding actresses of British theater, film and television, five-time BAFTA Award laureate, two-time winner of the “Oscar” and a three-time winner of the “Emmy”.
Maggie Smith was born on December 28, 1934 in one of the suburbs of London Ilford. The girl appeared in the family of a professor at Oxford University and Nathaniel Smith Secretary Margaret Smith. In addition to Maggie in the family brought up two more child – older twin brothers Ian and Alistair. They both studied at the School of Architecture, while Maggie entered the Oxford High School. Then, the future actress went to Oxford University, where he began to attend the student theater. It then took the theatrical debut of Smith. The first theatrical performance in 1952 was the role of Viola in the production of William Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night.” Seven years later, Maggie became a member of the troupe of the famous London’s Old Vic Theatre. In the 1960s, the actress has already been one of the key actors in the Royal National Theatre.
Smith’s most impressive role at the time was the Desdemona, a partner in the role of Othello was Laurence Olivier. In 1965, the screens went eponymous film with these actors. The picture brought Maggie first in her life, “Oscar.” In 1969 he saw the light romantic comedy directed by Ronald Nima “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Maggie played the role of a teacher of a private school for girls, known for its free views on education. Earlier in 1966 this role in a theatrical production of the play performed another famous actress Vanessa Redgrave. The film brought Smith recognition from critics and audiences. The actress was awarded the “Oscar” and a BAFTA for Best Actress. In 1978, Maggie got another “Oscar” for the best performance supporting actor in a comedy Herbert Ross’ “Hotel California”. Its partners on the film began Michael Caine and Jane Fonda. In 1999, at the festival in Karlovy Vary premiered semi-autobiographical film by Franco Zeffirelli “Tea with Mussolini”, where Smith starred big fan Duce, the widow of the British ambassador in Italy, Lady Hester Random. After this role, the actress talked about as a master of the grotesque. Maggie again won a BAFTA award for best performance of the role of the second plan.
In 1981, screens out the family adventure film “Clash of the Titans.” Along with Maggie starred in the film performed by Laurence Olivier and Ursula Anders. The tape was based on ancient Greek myths and legends, and Smith played the role of a sea nymph Thetis. The following year she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for her role in the Franco-British James Ivory drama “Quartet.” At the same time, viewers saw Detective Jane Birkin and Peter Ustinov, “Evil Under the Sun”, filmed on the novel by Agatha Christie. In 1985, screens out the same drama directed by James Ivory’s “A Room with a View.” In the picture to the audience appeared early XX century Italy. Smith played a major role and has been awarded another BAFTA Award in the category “Best Actress”. In 2001 he saw the light of historical detective Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park”, which became the winner of the “Oscar” Award for “Best Original Screenplay” and was praised by critics. Then Smith performed her first role of Professor Minerva McGonagall in the first movie about the young wizard Harry Potter.
The actress was married twice. Her first husband was actor Robert Stephenson. The wedding took place June 29, 1967, exactly ten days after the birth of their first child of Chris Larkin. Two years later he was born their second son Toby Stephens. Five years later, the couple broke up, the union ended in divorce. In 1975, a year after her divorce from Robert, Maggie married playwright Beverley Cross. The second marriage lasted until the death of the second spouse in 1998.
In 2007, the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer. After completing an intensive course of treatment Smith officially announced the full recovery.