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Date of Birth : Dec 28th 1934

Better known as Dame Maggie Smith, is a two-time Academy Award, and Emmy-winning English film, stage, and television actress.

She has two older twin brothers, Alistair and Ian. Smith studied at Oxford High School, although she has been quoted as not having enjoyed the experience, at a time when Lady Antonia Fraser would have been amongst her peers.

Smith appeared in Sister Act in 1992 and had a major role in the 1999 film Tea With Mussolini, where she appeared as the formidable Lady Hester. Indeed, many of her more mature roles have centred on what Smith refers to as her “gallery of grotesques,” playing waspish, sarcastic or plain rude characters. Recent examples of this would include the judgemental sister in Ladies in Lavender and the cantankerous snob in Gosford Park, for which she received yet another Oscar nomination.

On stage, her many roles include the title character in the stage production of Alan Bennett’s Lady in the Van and starring as Peter Pan in J. M. Barrie’s fairytale story Peter Pan. She later played Wendy in the Peter Pan adaption Hook. She won a Tony Award in 1990 for Best Actress in a Play for Lettice and Lovage, in which she starred as an eccentric tour guide in an English stately home. She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1970, and was raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 1990.

Smith has been married twice. She married Robert Stephens on 29 June 1967 at the Greenwich Registry office and had two sons with him: actors Chris Larkin (born in 1967) and Toby Stephens (born in 1969). They divorced on 6 May 1974.

She married Beverley Cross on 23 August 1975 at the Guildford Registry Office, and the marriage ended with his death on 20 March 1998. At the time of his death she was appearing in A Delicate Balance at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, but she continued to the end of the run.

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