Dame Maggie Smith

Acting legend Maggie Smith talks about fame, family and why she wishes she could turn children into cats.

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Behind the curtain with Maggie Smith!

She is good friends with another famous Dame – Dame Judi Dench.

Ever modest she once famously summed up her entire career in one sentence, “One went to school, one wanted to act, one started to act and one’s still acting.”

Dame Smith suffers from a hyperthyroid condition called Grave’s disease, which affected her appearance causing a distension of her eyeballs that forced her to live in near isolation for 12 months. She has also survived breast cancer.

She is the only person to win an Academy Award for playing an Academy Award nominee, Diana Barrie, in 1978’s California Suite. She is also one of only five actresses to win Oscars in both lead and supporting categories and has won numerous awards including five BAFTAs and three Golden Globes.

She was given Honorary Doctorates of Literature from St Andrews (1971) and Cambridge (1995).

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