Maggie Smith: A Biography

July 28, 2019 - Comment

Coveney is the only writer who could get under Smith’s skin, capturing her steeliness and vulnerability. From her days as a star of West End comedy and revue, Dame Maggie’s path has led to international renown and numerous accolades including two Academy Awards. Recently she has been as prominent on our screens as ever, with

Coveney is the only writer who could get under Smith’s skin, capturing her steeliness and vulnerability. From her days as a star of West End comedy and revue, Dame Maggie’s path has led to international renown and numerous accolades including two Academy Awards. Recently she has been as prominent on our screens as ever, with high-profile roles as the formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey, as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter movie franchise and as the eccentric Miss Shepherd in the film version of The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett. Yet paradoxically she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public and carefully guarding her considerable talent. Michael Coveney’s absorbing biography, drawing on personal archives, interviews and encounters with the actress, as well as conversations with immediate family and dear friends, is therefore as close as it gets to seeing the real Maggie Smith. This paperback book has 356 pages and measures: 19.8 x 13 x 2cm

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Anonymous says:

… much more one gleams from this book which a good researcher could not get from other sources Maggie Smith has always been known for being a very private person and there is not much more one gleams from this book which a good researcher could not get from other sources. There is far to much on the roles she played and telling us about the plays she was in than about the woman herself. Not bad but so wish there could have been ‘in her own words!’

Anonymous says:

I would say as a very great fan of Dame Maggie Smith the book is excellent I would say as a very great fan of Dame Maggie Smith the book is excellent. It charts her life from young girl to the very greatest actor that has ever lived. It tells of the beautiful lady that does not like the usual glamour of being a very famous person. She thinks the job she does is like anyone else going to work. The book is excellent and very enjoyable. I am only one person who thinks Dame Maggie Smith is a fabulous.

Anonymous says:

One dimensional and boring This was the single most boring biography I have ever read. It consisted of long lists of what plays, movies she had been in, lots of names of actors, directors etc etc but absolutely nothing about her as a person. I was hugely disappointed and glad to get to the end of this very one dimensional character portrait. If she is indeed as private a person as is suggested then she should not have agreed to have a biography done at all. I was happy to throw it onto the pile of stuff for the charity…

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