Maggie Smith by Michael Coveney

Full Title: Maggie Smith: A Biography
Author/Editor(s): Michael Coveney (1948-)
ISBN: 1474600239, 9781474600231
Publisher: Weidenfeld Nicolson
Published Place: London
Published/Copyright Year: 2015
Language: English
Physical Description: Illustrationsustrations (black and white, and colour) included, 24 cm
Number of pages: 353 (xi, 353 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates)
Smith, Maggie, > 1934-
Actresses > Great Britain > Biography
Smith, Maggie, > 1934- > Fast > (OCoLC)fst00229404
Actresses > Fast > (OCoLC)fst00796328
Great Britain > Fast > (OCoLC)fst01204623

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, one whose 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 (by his own admission), answering back to Laurence Olivier, or impressing Ingmar Bergman, her career can be seen as a Who's Who of British theatre in the twentieth century. This book also covers 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 prominent on our screens as ever, with high-profile roles as Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the phenomenally successful television series Downton Abbey, and as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film franchise: what she herself describes as 'Miss Jean Brodie in a wizard's hat'. Yet paradoxically she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public and carefully guarding her considerable talent. 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 therefore as close as it gets to seeing the real Maggie Smith.

Includes index.

ISBNPlus ID: COLA.BD24.75364-11-6207988
Other ID: 920376809(OCLC);920376809(OCLC)
Form: Nonfiction
LC Call No: PN2598.S55 C67 2015
Dewey Decimal: 792.02/8092
Released Date: 20160321

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APA Style:
Coveney, M. (2015). Maggie Smith: A Biography. London: Weidenfeld Nicolson.

MLA Style:
Coveney, Michael. Maggie Smith: A Biography. London: Weidenfeld Nicolson, 2015. Print.

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Coveney, Michael. Maggie Smith: A Biography. London: Weidenfeld Nicolson, 2015.