She acted in Noel Coward's play, "Hay Fever," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Edith Evans, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Robert Stephens, Anthony Nicholls, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. Noel Coward was also director.
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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.
She was awarded the 1984 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "The Way of the World".
Has often played grumpy, acid-witted ladies in the second half of her career.