Maggie Smith

Maggie SmithNo One Does Glamour, Severity, Girlish Charm Or Tight Lipped Witticism Better Than Dame Maggie Smith Michael Coveney S Biography Shines A Light On The Life And Career Of A Truly Remarkable Performer, One Whose Stage And Screen Career Spans Six Decades From Her Days As A West End Star Of Comedy And Revue, Dame Maggie S Path Would Cross With Those Of The Greatest Actors, Playwrights And Directors Of The Era Whether Stealing Scenes From Richard Burton, Answering Back To Laurence Olivier, Or Playing Opposite Judi Dench In Breath Of Life, Her Career Can Be Seen As A Who S Who Of British Theatre Her Film And Television Career Are Just As Starry From The Title Character In The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Andthe Meddling Chaperone In A Room With A View To The Harry Potter Films In Which She Played Minerva McGonagall As She Put It Miss Jean Brodie In A Wizard S Hat And The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Films In Which She Played The Wise Muriel Donnelly, Smith Has Thrilled, Engaged And Made Audiences Laugh As Violet Crawley, The Formidable Dowager Countess Of Downton Abbey She Conquered Millions Paradoxically She Remains An Enigmatic Figure, Rarely Appearing In Public Michael Coveney S Absorbing Biography, Written With The Actress S Blessing And Drawing On Personal Archives, As Well As Interviews With Immediate Family And Close Friends, Is A Portrait Of One Of The Greatest Actors Of Our Time

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Maggie Smith
  • Michael Coveney
  • English
  • 04 October 2017
  • 9781474600941

10 thoughts on “Maggie Smith

  1. says:

    No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith, one of Britain s best loved actors This new biography shines the stage lights on the life and work of a truly remarkable performer, whose career spans six decades.From her days as a star of West End comedy and revue, Dame Maggie s path would cross with those of the greatest actors, playwrights and directors of the era Whether stealing scenes from Richard Burton by his own admission , answering back to Laurence Olivier, or impressing IngmarBergman, her career can be seen as a Who s Who of British theatre in the twentieth century.We also hear about her success in Hollywood inaugurated by her first Oscar for her signature film, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as well as her subsequent departure to Canada for a prolific four season run of leading theatre roles.Recently, Dame Maggie has been as prominent on our screens as ever, with high profile roles as Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham in the phenomenally successful Downton Abbey, and in the Harry Potter films as Professor Minerva McGonagall a role she describes as Miss Jean Brodie in a wizard s hat.Yet paradoxically, Dame Maggie remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public and carefully guarding her considerable talent Michael Coveney s absorbing biography, drawing on personal archives, interviews and encounters with the actress, as well as conversations with immediate family and dear friends, is therefore as close as it gets to seeing the real Maggie Smith.Maggie gets the acting bug 2 5 Maggie Smith hits Broadway and Edinburgh and makes her first films 3 5 Marriage and first acting award 4 5 The film career blossoms 5 5 Flying solo in her personal life Maggie works harder than ever.

  2. says:

    If readers want of a performance or theatrical review, this biography of Maggie Smith s is very thorough in covering Maggie s work In fact, the book is mostly about Maggie s acting career Details and details about the play or movie or other professional work, including other actors and their comments, and delving into particular scenes and how they are acted I found it to be quite dull the author expresses that Maggie has a personality, but it isn t brought to life here, though there were glimpses Maggie s early relationship with her mother and a general picture of her childhood is presented in a personal, sympathetic way, and I loved learning what books Maggie read and enjoyed as a child, and the fact that she sat in the bathtub with her blue jeans on.The book felt like a technical study of Maggie s professional world and works, and less like a personal portrait of Maggie as a whole person it lacked warmth and personality.

  3. says:

    I m a huge Maggie Smith fan and heard how wonderful this biography was to read Newsflash this is so boring, I would rather wallpaper our whole house before reading it again Dry, boring and not very insightful Skip it.My Review 2 stars

  4. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith, one of Britain s best loved actors This new biography shines the stage lights on the life and work of a truly remarkable performer, whose career spans six decades.From her days as a star of West End comedy and revue, Dame Maggie s path would cross with those of the greatest actors, playwrights and directors of the era Whether stealing scenes from Richard Burton by his own admission , answering back to Laurence Olivier, or impressing IngmarBergman, her career can be seen as a Who s Who of British theatre in the twentieth century.We also hear about her success in Hollywood inaugurated by her first Oscar for her signature film, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as well as her subsequent departure to Canada for a prolific four season run of leading theatre roles.Recently, Dame Maggie has been as prominent on our screens as ever, with high profile roles as Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham in the phenomenally successful Downton Abbey, and in the Harry Potter films as Professor Minerva McGonagall a role she describes as Miss Jean Brodie in a wizard s hat.Yet paradoxically, Dame Maggie remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public and carefully guarding her considerable talent Michael Coveney s absorbing biography, drawing on personal archives, interviews and encounters with the actress, as well as conversations with immediate family and dear friends, is therefore as close as it gets to seeing the real Maggie Smith.Produced by Clive BrillA Brill production for BBC Radio 4.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b068td6z

  5. says:

    I love Maggie Smith, but unfortunately this book was beyond dull It read like a very long resume with almost no details about her personal life This may be because she is a very private person who is loathe to discuss herself, but I can t help feeling that her life s accomplishments, set in a different author s hands, would have been much entertaining to read Skip this book and go watch some of her excellent performances on stage or screen instead Her brilliance speaks for itself.

  6. says:

    For someone who s been on the world stage since the late 1950 s, we know surprisingly little about the marvelous actress, Maggie Smith, most recently of Downton Abbey and The Lady In The Van fame It was only recently I discovered that the actor, Toby Stephens, who plays in the TV series, Black Sails, is her son by actor Robert Stephens they divorced in 1975 after an eight year marriage This lack of information is fairly deliberate on her part She rarely does television or print interviews or the kind of shows that talk about her personal life, preferring to concentrate on her work.Theatre critic and historian, Michael Coveney, has finally rectified this gap with his superb biography, detailing her career in full and enough of her life from interviews with family, friends, and co workers to satisfy her many fans It s an engaging story from her early days in Oxford University Drama School and West End revues to The National Theatre and her Desdemona opposite Olivier s Othello, films like The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Death On The Nile, California Suite, the Harry Potter series, Stratford in Canada, and all the many other theatre, television, and film productions of a long and distinguished career She s top of a very short list of actresses who have ranged through such a wide spectrum of both comedy and drama and shows no signs of slowing down If you have an interest in theatre or film, this is a must read BH.

  7. says:

    I ve finished it I found myself alternating between being confused, occasionally fascinated, bored, and at times just determined to keep going because of the subject.Maggie Smith is an actress I have enjoyed watching in any production I have seen her in, and in that regard it was fascinating to be introduced to her huge body of work both one stage and in film I am a late in her career admirer because I never saw her in earlier productions nor had the opportunity to see her in action on stage.But the occasional glimpse of something that sparked enthusiasm in me was hidden in amongst a tangle of production names and dates and characters names and actors names and often I was lost trying to figure out what on earth the author was actually referring to.I admit my in depth knowledge of the British theatrical scene is obviously even limited than I thought, but I was lost in the tangle I say this in no disrespect to the subject of the biography An amazing actress and obviously a very private person Perhaps that is the problem, she does not want her life written about in any detail Anyway I have finished it And I still love Maggie Smith

  8. says:

    I picked up this book becasue I love Maggie Smtih She has been on the stage and screen for for 60 years and with no plastic surgery She has played opposite all the famous British stars I have not seen in many things But i lived her in the Best Exoctic Marigold Hotel She plays kind of a sarcastic grump eith a big heart It is a long book so I only mentioned a few things.

  9. says:

    If you are looking for insight into the inimitable Maggie s personal life, you have come to the wrong place However, as an overview of the professional life and remarkable achievements of an equally remarkable lady, this book will fill all the chinks in your personal Maggie Smith encyclopedia.

  10. says:

    I love Maggie Smith as so I was very excited to start reading her biography However, I agree with the other reviews on here it was hard going, pretty dull and just a list of all the plays and films she was in There was no insight of Maggie Smith in there at at all her dry whit and sense of humour was no where to be found Very disappointing and would not recommend.

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