She acted in August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie," and Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at the Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Albert Finney, Doris Hare, Derek Jacobi, and Louise Purnell in the cast. Elliott and John Dexter were directors.
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Dame Maggie Smith
5' 5" (1.65 m)
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I wanted to be a serious actress, but of course that didn't really happen. I did Desdemona [at the National, opposite Olivier] with great discomfort and was terrified all the time. But then everyone was terrified of Larry.
Made her stage debut with the Oxford University Dramatic Society as Viola in Shakespare's "Twelfth Night." Bird-dogged by an American theatrical impresario, the part led to her being cast in her Broadway debut in "New Faces of 1956."
Has often played grumpy, acid-witted ladies in the second half of her career.