Date of Birth: 12/28/1934
Place of birth: Ilford
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Margaret Natalie Smith Cross was born December 28, 1934 in a suburb of Ilford in Essex. Maggie was five years old when the family moved to Oxford, and when she realized that she wanted to become an actress. At 16, she graduated from Oxford High School for girls and decided to go for his dream, but his parents insisted that Maggie studied acting at Oxford. And here in 52 in Oxford theater school young star Margaret Smith shine in productions of "Twelfth Night", "Cinderella", "School for Scandal". At that time, the School said: - If you want to make a successful play - was invited to play in it Miss Smith.
Miss Smith`s career quickly began to go up the hill: in 56, she played on Broadway in the revue "New faces` 56 ". But here there are unexpected problems with a fairly common name: in lists of actors already to Margaret Smith. It appeared Maggie Smith, the woman who won the huge blue eyes Britain and millions of people around the world.
The official debut of Maggie in the movie is considered the film "Nowhere to go", released in `58, but it was still a bit part in "Child in the House". The theatrical career began at the Old Vic Company, where Maggie played first major role in the play "Mary, Mary". This is followed by work in the play "Rhinoceros" with the famous Lawrence Olivier. In `62, after the play "Private Ear" and "Public Eye", made in the form of a double play, Maggie gets the accolades of critics. After the movie "The VIP`s" it was said that his small role as Maggie eclipsed movie star Elizabeth Tayler.
`63 Brought Maggie role of Desdemona in the play "Othello" at the National Theatre, where she played opposite Laurence Olivier. After the eponymous film in `65 it was nominated for an Oscar. Shortly after the resounding success of Maggie marries Robert Stevens, from which she has managed to have a baby for 9 days before the marriage. In `69 Oscar still adorned the mantelpiece Miss Smith for the film "The prime of miss Jean Brodie", in which she played (by the way, along with her husband) Scottish teacher, hobbies Franco and fascism. In the same year Christopher (first child Maggie) appears brother - Toby. But initially happy marriage begins to fall apart like a house of cards, and in `75 is coming to its logical conclusion. Old fan of Maggie Beverly Cross in the same year, still made her a marriage, and the wedding was played. `72 Brought Maggie`s role in the comedy "Private Lives", with this performance, it is sent to the US tour, and then on the Canadian scene in `74 Maggie plays in Shakespeare`s plays, and even in the "Three Sisters" Chekhov. In the second half of the 70s Maggie starred in the films "Morder by Death", "Death on the Nile" (based on the novel by Agatha Christie) and in the film "Californe Suite", which earned her another gold Oscar statuette for Best Supporting Actress .
In `79 finish the game Maggie theater season in the modern play "Night and Day" instead Dayany Rigg. In the early `80s on the Canadian scene Maggie continues to play the classics, not striking in its repertoire a modern "Night and Day", but later returned to Britain, where from 84 to 88 years. He plays in modern plays and continues to act in films. After the movie "A Room with a Wiev" (1986), in which, by the way, she plays along with Judi Dench, Maggie gets the prize "Golden Globe" and a BAFTA. Finally, in `90 Maggie Smith was the Lady of the British Empire.
90th year bring Maggie successful roles ladies middle-aged in such films as "Sister Act", "Suddenly, Last Summer", "Richard III", "Washington Square", "Tea with Mussolini" (in which Maggie again played with Judi Dench), "The Last September", and "David Copperfield". On stage, she gets a successful role in the play "The Importance of Being Earnest", other than that it plays in Edward Albee`s play "Three Tall Women", and in 1997-1998 in another Albee play - "The Delicate Balance". In 1999-2000, she was busy in the play "The Lady in the Van". The new millennium brought the world premiere of the first Harry Potter film, which played Maggie strict but fair teacher. And the famous "Gosford Park" (2001) brought Maggie Oscar nomination and the image of an arrogant, cantankerous Countess. In addition, Maggie returned to the stage in a triumphant play "The Breath of Life", where it is once again paired with Judi Dench.
Minerva McGonagall and Madeleine Palmer - are the two British women, who for the last year captured the hearts of people. Two British women with completely different characters but the same blue eyes, two Englishwomen by one - Lady Maggie Smith.