All hail the glory of Dame Maggie Smith! She has been thrilling audiences for decades, and has earned her place among the greatest actresses of our time.

Speaking of other great actresses, this blog may also post about ladies such as Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and Meryl Streep on occasion (and I think we all know why).

Dame Maggie is one of the few actresses to win the triple crown of acting. She won her first Academy Award in 1969 for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and her second in 1978 for "California Suite." Her Tony Award came in 1990 for "Lettuce and Lovage" and she finally won her Emmy Award in 2003, for "My House in Umbria." She has also won 5 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Lawrence Olivier Awards and 2 SAG Awards.

But all of that is rather superfluous when viewed in the context of her enormous body of work. Dame Maggie has made significant contributions to film and theater and will long be remembered for her enormous range and her dedication to her craft.

That makes it sound, however, that she has passed away or, at least stopped working. Thankfully, nothing could be farther from the truth! Despite her recent struggles with breast cancer, Dame Maggie is still working steadily, and has also made a full recovery. She will appear this year in the final "Harry Potter" film (where she plays the iconic role of Minerva McGonagall to perfection) and has numerous other projects on the way. This blog will also be a resource of news for these upcoming projects.

Note: I also keep a personal blog over at ...travkell14.tumblr.com

Maggie Smith in Ingmar Bergman’s 1970 production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

Here is an excerpt of a review of the production found in Times Magazine:

"Maggie Smith plays Hedda as a literally compulsive personality, icily aware and occasionally appalled by what she says and does, but helpless to stop herself. When she reaches out to pull the hair of her rival or burn the manuscript of the man she loves, her body lurches and twists in a jumble of conflicting drives to do the thing, not do it, and dissemble by doing something else. Her pale, strained face is a screen on which the shadow of one inner demon masters another, only to be mastered by a third. In keeping with the cinematically fluid rhythms of the production, Miss Smith cuts and dissolves from mood to mood like some dazzling montage sequence in a Bergman film. The wonder of it is that this is not a film, but stage art transmuted to a new dimension."

The rest of the article can be found here.

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