Maggie Smith Biography (1934-)

Full name, Margaret Natalie Smith; born December 28, 1934, in Ilford, Essex,England; daughter of Nathaniel (a public health pathologist) and Margaret (maiden name, Hutton) Smith; married Robert Stephens (an actor and producer), 1967 (divorced, 1974); married Beverley Cross (a playwright and screenwriter),June 23, 1975 (died March 20, 1998); children: (first marriage) Christopher Larkin (an actor), Toby (an actor). Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1934.

Birth Details
December 28, 1934
Ilford, Essex, England

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Party guest, Child in the House, 1956
  • Bridget Howard, Nowhere to Go, 1958
  • Chantal, Go to Blazes, 1962
  • Miss Mead, The V.I.P.s (also known as International Hotel),Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Philpott, The Pumpkin Eater, 1964
  • Desdemona, Othello, Warner Bros., 1965
  • Nora, Young Cassidy, 1965
  • Herself, Sean O'Casey: The Spirit of Ireland, 1965
  • Sarah Watkins, The Honey Pot (also known as Anyone for Venice?, It Comes Up Murder, and Mr. Fox of Venice), 1967
  • Patty Terwilliger, Hot Millions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Jean Brodie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Twentieth Century-Fox,1969
  • Music hall star, Oh! What a Lovely War, 1969
  • Aunt Augusta, Travels with My Aunt, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Lila Fisher, Love and Pain (and the Whole Damn Thing), Columbia, 1973
  • Dora Charleston, Murder by Death, Columbia, 1976
  • Miss Bowers, Death on the Nile, Paramount, 1978
  • Diana Barrie, California Suite (also known as Neil Simon's California Suite), Columbia, 1978
  • Lois Heidler, Quartet, New World, 1981
  • Thetis, Clash of the Titans, United Artists, 1981
  • Daphne Castle, Evil under the Sun, Universal, 1982
  • Lady Ames, The Missionary, Columbia, 1982
  • Miss Anderson, Better Late Than Never (also known as Whose Little Girl Are You?), Galaxy, 1983
  • Lily Wynn, Lily in Love (also known as Playing for Keeps and Jatszani Kell), New Line Cinema, 1985
  • Joyce Chilvers, A Private Function, Island Alive, 1985
  • Mrs. Silly, 1985
  • Charlotte Bartlett, A Room with a View, Cinecom International, 1986
  • Judith Hearne, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Island Pictures, 1987
  • Paris by Night, 1988
  • Voice of Rozaline, Romeo-Juliet, 1990
  • Granny Wendy Moira Angel Darling, Hook, TriStar, 1992
  • Mother Superior, Sister Act, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Mrs. Medlock, The Secret Garden, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Mother Superior, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Duchess of York, Richard III, United Artists, 1995
  • Gunilla Garson Goldberg, The First Wives Club, Paramount, 1996
  • Aunt Lavinia Penniman, Washington Square, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Lady Hester Random, Tea with Mussolini (also known as Un te conMussolini), G2 Films, 1999
  • Lady Myra, The Last September, Trimark Pictures, 1999
  • Constance Trentham, Gosford Park, USA Films, 2001
  • Professor/deputy headmistress Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter and theSorcerer's Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Warner Bros., 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, 1967 then syndicated, 1971
  • The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990
  • Mrs. Mabel Pettigrew, "Memento Mori," Masterpiece Theater, PBS, 1992
  • Mrs. Violet Venable, "Suddenly, Last Summer," Great Performances,PBS, 1993
  • Queen Alexandra, All the King's Men, PBS, 1999
  • Aunt Betsey Trotwood, "David Copperfield," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1999
  • Appeared in Home and Beauty, Man and Superman, and On Approval.
  • Other
  • "Night of the Plague," an episode of Kraft Theater, NBC, 1957
  • Portia, The Merchant of Venice (also known as Play of the Month: The Merchant of Venice), 1972
  • The Millionairess (also known as Play of the Month: The Millionairess), 1972
  • The Carol Burnett Show (series), CBS, 1974 and 1975
  • Susan, "Talking Heads: Bed among the Lentils" (miniseries), Masterpiece Theater, BBC, 1988 then PBS, 1989
  • Agnieszka Holland on the Set, 1997
  • Lily Marlowe, Curtain Call (movie), Starz!, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) A comedienne, New Faces 56 Revue, Ethel BarrymoreTheatre, 1956
  • Share My Lettuce, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, England, then (London debut) Comedy Theatre, 1957
  • Vera Dane, The Stepmother, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1958
  • Lady Plyant, The Double Dealer, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1959-1960
  • Celia, As You Like It, Old Vic Theatre, 1959-1960
  • The queen, Richard II, Old Vic Theatre, 1959-1960
  • Mistress Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Vic Theatre, 1959-1960
  • Maggie Wylie, What Every Woman Knows, Old Vic Theatre, 1959-1960
  • Daisy, Rhinoceros, Strand Theatre, London, 1960
  • Lucile, The Rehearsal, Royal Theatre, then Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Globe Theatre, Queen's Theatre, London, and Apollo Theatre, London, 1961
  • Doreen, The Private Ear, and Belinda, The Public Eye (double-bill), Globe Theatre, London, 1962
  • Pictures in the Hallway (dramatic reading), Mermaid Theatre, London, 1962
  • Title role, Mary, Mary, Queen's Theatre, 1963
  • Silvia, The Recruiting Officer, National Theatre Company, Old VicTheatre, 1963
  • Desdemona, Othello, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, then Chichester Festival, London, 1964
  • Hilda Wangel, The Master Builder, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1964
  • Myra, Hay Fever, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1964
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1964
  • Clea, Black Comedy, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1965
  • Title role, Miss Julie, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre,1965-1966
  • Marcela, A Bond Honoured, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1966
  • Margery Pinchwife, The Country Wife, National Theatre Company, OldVic Theatre, 1969
  • Mrs. Sullen, The Beaux' Stratagem, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1970
  • Title role, Hedda Gabler, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1970
  • Masha, The Three Sisters, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, then Los Angeles, 1970
  • Amanda Prynne, Private Lives, Queen's Theatre, 1972
  • Title role, Peter Pan, Theatre at the Coliseum, London, 1973 thenLos Angeles, 1974 later 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Connie Hudson, Snap, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1974
  • Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, 1976
  • Millamant, The Way of the World, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1976
  • Masha, The Three Sisters, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1976
  • Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1976 1977-1978
  • The actress, The Guardsman, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1976 then Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1977-1978
  • Titania and Hippolyta, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1977-1978
  • Queen Elizabeth, Richard III, Avon Theatre, Stratford ShakespeareFestival, 1977-1978
  • Judith Bliss, Hay Fever, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1977 78.
  • Rosalind, As You Like It, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1977-1978
  • Amanda, Private Lives, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1977-1978
  • Ruth Carson, Night and Day, Phoenix Theatre, London, then Washington, DC, later American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Virginia Woolf, Virginia, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1980 then West End production, London, 1981
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1980
  • Masha, The Seagull, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival,1980
  • The Way of the World, Chichester Festival, 1984-1985
  • Interpreters, Queen's Theatre, 1986
  • Jocasta, The Infernal Machine, Lyric Theatre, 1986
  • Halina, Coming into Land, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1987
  • Lettice Douffet, Lettice and Lovage, London, 1988 then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest, London, 1993
  • Three Tall Women, London, 1994 and 1995
  • Susan, Bed among the Lentils, London, 1996
  • The Lady in the Van, Queen's Theatre, 1999-2000
  • Claire, A Delicate Balance, Theatre Royal, London, 1997 and 1998
  • Major Tours
  • Kathy, Strip the Willow, 1960
  • Toured with On the Fringe (revue), Scottish cities, then London.

Further Reference


    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • New York Times, March 18, 1990
    • People Weekly, April 28, 1986, p. 47

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