Legendary Actress Maggie Smith’s Life in Photos – PEOPLE

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Star on the Rise

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Dame Maggie Smith was born on Dec. 28, 1934, and has had an impressive and expansive career, which includes over 60 film roles that won her Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes.

She made her professional stage debut on Broadway in 1956 in New Faces of '56. 

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On the Stage

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In 1964, Smith starred as Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello opposite Laurence Olivier at the Royal National Theatre. She reprised the role in the 1965 film adaptation, earning herself her first Oscar nomination. 

Two Queens

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In 1966, Smith met Queen Elizabeth II after a performance of Othello. 

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Getting Married

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In 1967, Smith married her first husband, Robert Stephens; they divorced several years later.

The Greatest Role

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Smith shares two children with Stephens — she welcomed son Chris Larkin in 1967 and Toby Stephens in 1969. 

Acting Out

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In 1968, she looked like pure royalty while starring in Oh! What a Lovely War. 

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And the Oscar Goes To...

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In 1969, Smith starred in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie alongside Stephens. The performance would earn her her first Academy Award for Best Actress. 

Having a Laugh

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In 1970, Smith got the giggles at the Tony Awards with fellow legendary actress Lauren Bacall.

Another Nom

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In 1972, she starred in Travels With My Aunt, earning herself another Oscar nomination. 

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Winner, Winner

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In 1978, she starred in California Suite, a performance that earned her another Academy Award — this time for Best Supporting Actress. She has been nominated six times. 

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Strike a Pose

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Here, she poses with Brooke Shields as she shows off her award for Best Supporting Actress. 

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Taking Home the Tony

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In 1990, Smith won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Lettice and Lovage. She has been nominated for three Tonys in her career. 

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It's an Honor

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Smith has won five BAFTA Awards in her career — four of which were for best actress.  In 1993, she was honored with the BAFTA Special Award, where she joked, "If it's possible to be in films without taking your clothes off or, indeed, killing people with machine guns, I seem to have managed to do that!"

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Lasting Love

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Smith remarried, to playwright Beverley Cross, in 1975. They were together until his death in 1998.

In a 2013 interview with 60 Minutes, Smith responded to a question about whether life without Cross was lonely by saying, "I don't know. It seems a bit pointless ... Going on one's own and not having someone to share it with."

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Comedic Timing

Sister Act

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It's not all drama for Smith, who has starred in plenty of comedies throughout her career, including Sister Act (1992) and its sequel Sister Act II: Back in the Habit (1993), First Wives Club (1996) and more. 

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Nominations Galore

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In 2001, Smith was nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards for her performance in Gosford Park. 

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Pals On Stage

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In 2002, Smith returned to the stage with pal (and fellow Dame) Judi Dench for The Breath of Life. 

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Royal Run-in

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In 2004, Dames Dench and Smith met with Queen Elizabeth once again, this time at a screening of their latest collaboration, Ladies in Lavender. 

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Nothing Like a Dame

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In 1990, Smith was given the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth, and then in 2014 she received yet another medal from the Queen, Order of the Companions of Honor (pictured). The award is reserved for those who have "made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine or government lasting over a long period of time."

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Swish and Flick

Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2

In 2001, Smith began her tenure as Professor McGonagall in the  Harry Potter films, and continued to play the role throughout the franchise's eight installments. 

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Resilience is Key

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In 2007, Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer, acting through treatment while filming Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. In 2009, after two years of treatment, the actress recovered, and though she told The Times that she was "fearful of the amount of energy one needs to be in a film or play," she continued to act.

She starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2011, The Lady in the Van in 2015, and voiced characters in Gnomeo & Juliet and Sherlock Gnomes. 

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Everyone's Favorite Countess

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In fact, she went on to play the role of The Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, in Downton Abbey, and continued to play her until 2015.

Her performance earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and two more for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series.

She will reprise her role in the film Downton Abbey: A New Era. 

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