Maggie Smith by Michael CoveneyNo one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith. Michael Coveneys biography shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer, one whose stage and screen career spans six decades. From her days as a West End star of comedy and revue, Dame Maggies path would cross with those of the greatest actors, playwrights and directors of the era. Whether stealing scenes from Richard Burton, answering back to Laurence Olivier, or playing opposite Judi Dench in Breath of Life, her career can be seen as a Whos Who of British theatre. Her film and television career has been just as starry. From the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the meddling chaperone in A Room With a View to the Harry Potter films in which she played Minerva McGonagall (as she put it Miss Jean Brodie in a wizards hat) and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films in which she played the wise Muriel Donnelly, Smith has thrilled, engaged and made audiences laugh. As Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey she conquered millions more. Paradoxically she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public. Michael Coveneys absorbing biography, written with the actresss blessing and drawing on personal archives, as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends, is a portrait of one of the greatest actors of our time.
The Dowager Countess’ Finest Burns on Downton Abbey
33 best quotes from Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess
Birthday December 28, Birthplace Ilford, England, United Kingdom. Educated At Oxford High School. Nationality United Kingdom, Uruguay. Spouse Beverley Cross, Robert Stephens. Maggie Smith Quotes. Maggie Smith Birthname.
Her favourite objects of scorn include unsuitable husbands, Americans, and of course, Isobel Crawley. I knew his father in the late 60s. And then her husband will tell her what her opinions are. Give it away now and what was the point of your peculiar marriage in the first place? All those vapours seeping about.
The Downton Abbey movie is finally here, and with the new film comes all of our favorite features of the beloved series: Lady Mary's enviable s-era wardrobe , Mrs. Hughes and Daisy's usual antics in the kitchen, and of course, the wit and wisdom of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. The Dowager Countess is exquisitely brought to life by Academy Award winner and actual Dame Maggie Smith , who delivers each line with the charisma and dry humor of a true legend. As the eldest Crawley on Downton and the matriarch of the family, Smith's Dowager Countess never misses an opportunity to share her unvarnished opinion of what's happening at Downton. No character is immune to her wit—not even her beloved son Robert Crawley, or her granddaughters, Lady Mary and Lady Edith. Perhaps her most frequent sparring partner is Isobel Crawley, an extended member of the Crawley family who is seen contending with Violet in the clip above. In honor of the Downton Abbey movie and the return of the Dowager Countess , we rounded up our favorite zingers of all time from the PBS Masterpiece Series and the new film below:.
Downton Abbey 's series finale was chock-full of moving pronouncements and zingers galore to tickle the funny bone and tug at the heartstrings. But many of this last-ever episode's very best quotes also apply to our beloved show itself! Like Branson, we "hate goodbyes," and like Thomas, we try to console ourselves, saying that "Even good things must come to an end.
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