Maggie Smith : A Biography
by Michael Coveney
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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WINNER OF THE BEST MEMORY TO THE WOMAN AND TO THE HOUSE READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS OF 2016 AND THE BBC RADIO 4 THE WEEKLY BOOK no one glamor it, gravity, young girl, charm or tight lips trait d’esprit better than Dame Maggie Smith, one of Britain’s best beloved actors Maggie SmithThis new biography shines a light on the life and work of a remarkable performer whose career spans six decades.In his days as a star of the Western End of comedy and the magazine Lady Maggie of the Way of the Cross with those of the greatest actors, writers and directors of the timeWhether stealing scenes from Richard Burton (by his own admission), responding to the back of Laurence Olivier, or Ingmar Bergman’s stamping, his career can be seen as one that is Who of British theater in the twentieth centuryThis book also covers his success in Hollywood, by inaugurating his first Oscar for his signature film, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as well as subsequently his departure to Canada for a prolific four seasons performing major theatre rolesRecently Lady Maggie has been as important on our screens as ever, with a high-profile of roles as the Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the phenomenal success of the television series Downton Abbey, and as Professor Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter’s franchise film: what she herself described as “Miss Jean Brodie in a hat ofBut paradoxically, she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public and carefully securing her immense talent.Michael Coveney’s absorption of biography, relying on personal archives, interviews and meetings with the actress, as well as conversations with relatives and dear friends, so it is as close as he gets to see the real Maggie Smith
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