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Maggie Smith : a biography

by Coveney, Michael, 1948-

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"No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith, one of Britain's best-loved actors. This new biography shines the stage lights on the life and work of a truly remarkable performer, one whose career spans six decades. From her days as a star of W... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Preview: In the company of a secret star
  • The flight from Ilford
  • Schooling in Oxford accents
  • Clown of town and gown
  • New Revue and Old Vic
  • West End calling, screen testing
  • Surprises with Olivier at the National
  • Romance with the new Lunts
  • The prime of Miss Maggie Smith
  • Prickly pain in Private lives
  • Canada home and dry
  • Salvation in Stratford, Stoppard and Virginia Woolf
  • Best of British pork and Palin
  • Millamant, Poliakoff and Poppy Cocteau
  • A toast to the Bard with Levin and Lettice
  • Alone without God
  • Tales of ageing, innocence and experience
  • Secrets and lies in Yorkshire and Italy
  • Onstage with Albee, Bennett and Hare
  • TV specials for the lady from Dubuque
  • Goodbye Hollywood, hello British comedy
  • Harry Potter and Downton Abbey
  • Late flowering of marigolds around the van
  • Overview: In old glory and new celebrity.