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Day 22: Maggie Smith

Thanks to everyone who contributed to yesterday’s tribute to William Holden. Please make sure you check out all the great contributions dedicated to Holden. 

For the next 24 hours we honor a living legend: Maggie Smith. Actually, it’s Dame Maggie Smith to you.

Trivia on Maggie Smith:

  • Smith was a member of the Old Vic Theatre Company from 1959-1963, when the company dissolved. Then she was asked to participate in the National Theatre, organized by Laurence Olivier. (IMDb)
  • In 1964 at the National Theatre, Smith was Desdemona alongside Laurence Olivier’s Othello. The following year the two would return for a film version of the play. (
  • Smith is one of the few who have achieved the acting triple crown: a Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award. (IMDb)
  • After having a long and successful film career, Smith as found success in the hugely popular television series Downton Abbey as Dowager Countess. She has won two Emmys for her role. (

On to the blogging:

Giles from Sometimes They Go To Eleven (Go wish him a Happy Birthday!) returns with a review of Smith’s performance in Nowhere to Go

Margaret Perry returns with some Maggie Smith trivia, quotes, and film picks.

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.


Constance Rose Metzinger

Oh pooh! Nobody wrote an insightful post about The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I was hoping to someone would. That was such a stellar role for Maggie Smith.

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