Maggie Smith Overview:

Legendary actress, Maggie Smith, was born Margaret Natalie Smith on Dec 28, 1934 in Ilford, England. As of December 2022, Maggie Smith was 88 years old.


Red-haired, sharply-spoken, extremely dominant British actress, mostly seen in the theatre. For a while her film roles were softer than the parts she played on the stage, until she began to go in for acidulous spinsters. Married/divorced actor Robert Stephens (1931-1995). Actor Toby Stephens is their son. Academy Awards for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and California Suite. Also nominated for Oscars on Othello, Travels with My Aunt, and A Room with a View. Created Dame in 1989.

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Maggie Smith was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two for Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (as Miss Jean Brodie) in 1969 for Best Supporting Actress for California Suite (as Diana Barrie) in 1978.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1965Best Supporting ActressOthello (1965)DesdemonaNominated
1969Best ActressThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)Miss Jean BrodieWon
1972Best ActressTravels with My Aunt (1972)Aunt AugustaNominated
1978Best Supporting ActressCalifornia Suite (1978)Diana BarrieWon
1986Best Supporting ActressA Room with a View (1986)Charlotte BartlettNominated
2001Best Supporting ActressGosford Park (2001)N/ANominated

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Maggie Smith Quotes:

Jean Brodie: P-E-T-R-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N. Petrification! I do not intend to devote my prime to petrification.

Jean Brodie: The French have a genius for food, but I doubt French women will ever get the vote.

Jean Brodie: [after Miss Mackay has read a supposedly incriminating letter, written by Sandy and Jenny] There's very little for me to say, Miss Mackay in the face of your extraordinary prejudice and hostility.
Miss Mackay: Miss Brodie, I am not asking you to say anything. I am asking... demanding... that you put your signature, your own signature, on a letter of resignation which I have prepared for you.
Jean Brodie: I will not resign.
Miss Mackay: If you will not resign, you will force me to dismiss you.
Jean Brodie: I will not resign and you will not dismiss me, Miss Mackay. You will not use the excuse of that pathetic, that humorous document to blackmail me! Mr. Lowther, you are a witness to this. Miss Mackay has made totally unsupported accusations against my name and yours. If she has one authentic shred of evidence, just one, let her bring it forth! Otherwise, if one more word of this outrageous calumny reaches my ears, I shall sue! I shall take Miss Mackay to the public courts and I shall sue the trustees of Marcia Blaine, if they support her. I will not stand quietly by and allow myself to be crucified by a woman whose fetid frustration has overcome her judgment! If scandal is to your taste, Miss Mackay, I shall give you a feast!
Miss Mackay: Miss Brodie!
Jean Brodie: I am a teacher! I am a teacher, first, last, always! Do you imagine that for one instant I will let that be taken from me without a fight? I have dedicated, sacrificed my life to this profession. And I will not stand by like an inky little slacker and watch you rob me of it and for what? For what reason? For jealousy! Because I have the gift of claiming girls for my own. It is true I am a strong influence on my girls. I am proud of it! I influence them to be aware of all the possibilities of life... of beauty, honor, courage. I do not, Miss Mackay, influence them to look for slime where it does not exist! I am going. When my class convenes, my pupils will find me composed and prepared to reveal to them the succession of the Stuarts. And on Sunday, I will go to Cramond to visit Mr. Lowther. We are accustomed, bachelor and spinster, to spend our Sundays together in sailing and walking the beaches and in the pursuit of music. Mr. Lowther is teaching me to play the mandolin. Good day, Miss Mackay.

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Maggie Smith Facts
She appeared in "The Master Builder" with Michael Redgrave and Celia Johnson (who had replaced the recently deceased Diana Wynyard') as part of the new National Theatre Company in 1964. She and Johnson would later appear together in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969).

At the Oscars in 2002, Whoopi Goldberg introduced her, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as "The Smith Family".

Her twin brothers Ian and Alistair are six years older than she is. They are both architects.

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