Maggie Smith

A Biography
Author(s): Michael Coveney
Original Publish Date: Dec 29, 2015
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (14.15 hours)
Product Number: Z100125778
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427271532
Narrator/s: Sian Thomas
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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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.

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Author(s): Michael Coveney
Product Number EB00612490
Released: Dec 29, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781466893399

Professional reviews

"Even if you think you know Dame Margaret (Maggie) Smith through her redoubtable performance as the Countess of Grantham in "Downton Abbey," you will find much to savor in Sian Thomas's narration of English theater critic Michael Coveney's informative and enjoyable biography. The book traces Smith's life and career from her childhood flair for comedy (much to her mother's disapproval) to her later theater and film fame, and includes many tales of her personal and working relationships with other stars. The stories are fun, although the wealth of names is occasionally daunting. But Thomas's well-paced performance and crisp, finely tuned voice keeps one interested. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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