She acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in William Shakespeare's plays, "The Merchant of Venice," and "Loves Labours Lost;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" and Tom ...
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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.
Educated at the High School for Girls in Oxford, she started out in the theater as a prompt girl and understudy at the Oxford Repertory. She claims she never went on as no one ever fell ill.
Has often played grumpy, acid-witted ladies in the second half of her career.