Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

A Biography

Book - 2015
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No 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 has been just as starry. From the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the 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 more. 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250081483
1250081483
Characteristics: xi, 353 pages :,illustrations (some colour)

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MJ555
Oct 21, 2017

Book and Audiobook are long and a bit boring. More a list of what Maggie has done, description of plays, tv and movies. Do not get much of a feeling for her.

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geolatin
Aug 30, 2016

I didn't get past the first chapter. This book seems to be more about all the famous people the author knows personally, and Dame Maggie is one of them which he will talk about a little more than the rest. It really seemed more like his personal musings on the last 50 years of British theater and film than a biopic.

ChristchurchLib Feb 16, 2016

Versatile, award-winning actress Dame Maggie Smith, a favourite of many fans of television's Downton Abbey, has been appearing on stage and screen for over 60 years. In this detailed biography, British theatre critic Michael Coveney reviews Smith's remarkable career, which has ranged from comedy to tragedy and from London's West End to Hollywood -- and even a touch of Bollywood (in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). Though Smith guards her privacy when offstage, she and her husband, family, and colleagues cooperated with Coveney in his research, allowing him to develop a full portrait of her professional and personal life.

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Mooferpoochie
Dec 30, 2015

This book bored me. When I read a biography, I want to get a sense of what the subject's personality and personal life is, her hopes, disappointments, etc. This is a great biography if you only want to read jminute by minute details of her working/acting assignments.

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