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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Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, , Born December 29, 1934! Although I adore the woman to no end, I must admit, I would not necessarily consider a classic movie legend. Now, please, don’t get me wrong. is a legend. The woman is a Dame for heaven̵... Read full article

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Where Is She Now? From 1966 to 2000, had won two Oscars and had been nominated five times in total. She appeared in comedies, romances, even epics (Clash of the Titans). But within a span of three days in the year 2001, had truly proven to the world that she hasn’t re... Read full article

Hollywood?s Greatest: Then and Now ? Part 2

By Josh Kaye on Apr 21, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

One of England’s most prominent stars, Dame has been gracing the stage and the theaters with her presence since the early 1950′s. Born on the 28th of December in 1934, Smith is the youngest child to Margaret and Nathaniel Smith. She would go on to study at Oxford High School... Read full article

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Maggie Smith Quotes:

Jean Brodie: Little girls! I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.

Teddy Lloyd: My church understands human imperfection and forgives it. Why can't you?
Jean Brodie: I am not interested in human imperfection! I am interested in beauty, in art, in truth!

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

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Maggie Smith Facts
She and her first husband, Robert Stephens, appeared together in "Much Ado About Nothing". In 1993, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, who were also married at the time, played the same roles. Smith later worked with both Branagh and Thompson in the "Harry Potter" films.

Was a good friend of "Carry On" star Kenneth Williams.

She was awarded the 1984 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "The Way of the World".

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