DIVINE SECRETS OF
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MAGGIE SMITH (Caro) is one of Britain's acting treasures, scoring
innumerable triumphs on the stage both in England and on Broadway, as well as
the screen. Her most recent film role was in Robert Altman's Gosford Park,
for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Smith first came to the attention of American audiences with her dynamic
Oscar-winning performance as an eccentric schoolmistress in The Prime of
Miss Jean Brodie. She earned another Best Actress nomination for her
picturesque portrayal in Travels With My Aunt, and won her second Oscar
playing an actress who's nominated for an Oscar and loses in the funniest
episode of Neil Simon's California Suite. She was nominated for an
Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her impeccable work in the Merchant Ivory
production Room With a View, and also appeared in their Quartet.
Smith has appeared in many mainstream feature films, often playing comedic
characters, including Murder by Death, Death on the Nile and Evil
Under the Sun, as well as the hugely popular Sister Act and its
sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and Hook. She has also
starred in highly acclaimed dramas such as Tea With Mussolini, The Lonely
Passion of Judith Hearne and the television production of Suddenly Last
Summer. Her roles in Shakespearean and classic fare include the film
versions of Richard III, Othello, for which she received an Oscar
nomination for Best Supporting Actress, A Private Function and the
television production of David Copperfield. She played the role of
Headmistress Minerva McGonagall in the phenomenally popular Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer's Stone, a role she will reprise in the next
installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,
later this year.
In 1989, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the title of Dame on Smith as a
token of appreciation and respect for her prodigious dramatic accomplishments.
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