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The Resource Maggie Smith : a biography, Michael Coveney

Maggie Smith : a biography, Michael Coveney

Label
Maggie Smith : a biography
Title
Maggie Smith
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Michael Coveney
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 West End comedy and revue, Dame Maggie would cross paths with those of the greatest actors, playwrights, and directors of the era. Whether stealing scenes from Richard Burton (by his own admission), answering back to Laurence Olivier, or impressing Ingmar Bergman, she built a career that can be seen as a 'Who's Who' of British theatre in the twentieth century. This book also covers her success in Hollywood, inaugurated by her first Oscar for her signature film, The prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as well as her subsequent departure to Canada for a prolific four-season run of leading theatre roles. Recently she has been as prominent on our screens as ever, with high-profile roles as Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess, in the phenomenally successful television series Downton Abbey, and as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film franchise; what she herself describes as "Miss Jean Brodie in a wizard's hat." 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."--Jacket
Summary
An intimate portrait of a truly remarkable performer—known most recently for her star turn in Downton Abbey—whose stage and screen career spans 60 years is written with her blessing and drawn from her personal archives as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
185613
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coveney, Michael
Dewey number
  • 792.02/8092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2598.S55
LC item number
C67 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Smith, Maggie
  • Actors
Target audience
adult
Label
Maggie Smith : a biography, Michael Coveney
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
21057570
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xi, 353 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781474601146
Lccn
2015037365
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781250081483
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn907965936
  • (OCoLC)907965936
Label
Maggie Smith : a biography, Michael Coveney
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
21057570
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xi, 353 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781474601146
Lccn
2015037365
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781250081483
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn907965936
  • (OCoLC)907965936

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