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Maggie Smith

(1934– )

English actress who started her career as Viola for the Oxford University Dramatic Society in 1952. She made her New York debut in the New Faces of 56 Revue ...

Smith, Maggie

Smith, Maggie (28 Dec. 1934)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Maggie [ Margaret Natalie ] (b. Ilford, Essex , 28 Dec. 1934 ) Actress . Her early roles in revue (e.g. Share My Lettuce , 1957 ) established her as a remarkable comedienne; as her career developed via the Old Vic and the West End, she became at home in the classics as well as in contemporary plays (e.g. The Rehearsal , 1961 ; The Private Ear and The Public Eye , 1962 ). In the mid-to-late 1960s she worked in the first National Theatre company, achieving acclaim in such roles as Desdemona to Olivier 's Othello ( 1964 ), and the leads...

Smith, Maggie

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Adrienne Scullion

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Maggie ( 1934–  ) English actress who started her career as Viola for the Oxford University Dramatic Society in 1952 . She made her New York debut in the New Faces of 56 Revue ( 1956 ), and her London debut the next year with Share my Lettuce with Kenneth Williams . She was a member of the Old Vic company in 1959–60 , appearing as Lady Pliant in Congreve 's The Double-Dealer , Celia, the Queen in Richard II , and Maggie Wylie in Barrie 's What Every Woman Knows . In 1963 she joined the National Theatre to play Desdemona to Olivier...

Smith, Maggie

Smith, Maggie   Reference library

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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..., Maggie ( 1934 – ) English actress . She made her New York debut in the New Faces of 56 Revue ( 1956 ), and her London debut the next year with Share my Lettuce with Kenneth Williams. She was a member of the *Old Vic company in 1959–60 , appearing as Lady Pliant in *Congreve 's The Double-Dealer , Celia, the Queen in Richard II , and Maggie Wylie in *Barrie 's What Every Woman Knows . In 1963 she joined the *National Theatre to play Desdemona to *Olivier 's Othello. Subsequent roles included Hilde Wangel, Myra in Hay Fever , Beatrice,...

Smith, Dame Maggie

Smith, Dame Maggie (b. 1934)   Reference library

Michael Jamieson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015

..., Dame Maggie ( b. 1934 ), British actress . An outstanding player, especially in high comedy, she became in 1962 a founder member of the National Theatre under Laurence Olivier , to whose Othello she played Desdemona on stage and on film. She also played Beatrice to the Benedick of her then husband Robert Stephens . Feeling cheated of Rosalind—a part she seemed born to play—when the National staged its all-male As You Like It , she moved to the Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, where her Cleopatra, Titania, Lady Macbeth, and Rosalind were...

Smith, Dame Maggie Natalie

Smith, Dame Maggie Natalie (1934)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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..., Dame Maggie Natalie [ Margaret Natalie Smith ] ( 1934 – ), English actress, with a flair for high comedy but also outstanding in dramatic roles. She made her stage début in Oxford in 1952 , playing Viola in an OUDS production of Twelfth Night , and after training at the Oxford Playhouse Drama School went to New York to appear in the revue New Faces of '56. Back in London she scored a big success as the leading comedienne in another revue, Share My Lettuce ( 1957 ), and then went to the Old Vic , where she was admirable as Lady Plyant in ...

Smith, Dame Maggie

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith  

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(1934– )English actress who started her career as Viola for the Oxford University Dramatic Society in 1952. She made her New York debut in the New Faces of 56 Revue ...
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,843 words
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Oxford University Press

...recorded screen version was an American silent film of 1909 . Scenes from the play were among the earliest Shakespeare television extracts to be transmitted ( 1937 ). Russian films were made in 1956 and 1973 . Zeffirelli directed an impressive British cast (including Maggie Smith , Derek Jacobi , and Frank Finlay ) in a stage production later adapted for television ( 1967 ), followed by a BBC TV version ( 1978 ) with Michael York as Benedick, originally scheduled to open the complete BBC series but replaced in 1984 by Stuart Burge ’s TV...

Dove, Rita

Dove, Rita (1952)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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2002
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...Vol1, ed. Jelena O. Krstovic , 2008, pp. 482–502. 2002. Charles Henry Rowell , “Interview with Rita Dove” Callaloo 31.3 (Summer 2008): 695–706, 715–726. Malin Pereira . Into a Light Both Brilliant and Unseen: Conversations with Contemporary Black Poets , 2010. — Maggie Sale and Frances Smith...

Maggie Jones

Maggie Jones  

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B. Fae Barnes, c.1900, Hillsboro, Texas, USA. Jones worked in black revue from around 1922, first in New York and later in the Dallas/Fort Worth area until her retirement from ...
Esther McCracken

Esther McCracken  

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(b. Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 June 1902; d. 9 August 1971)Playwright and actress. McCracken spent eight years with the Newcastle Repertory Company during the late 1920s. She wrote many ...
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets  

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Novel by Stephen Crane, privately issued (1893) under the pseudonym Johnston Smith, but not regularly published until 1896.In a slum district of New York City called Rum Alley, Maggie Johnson and her ...
Betty Smith

Betty Smith  

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(1904–72),writer, whose novels about her native New York City are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943), Tomorrow Will Be Better (1948), and Maggie-Now (1958), treating the lives of girls ...
Dodie Smith

Dodie Smith  

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(1896–1990)Playwright and novelist, born in Manchester, educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her output comprises ten plays, among them Dear Octopus (1938), and six adult novels, including ...
G. B. Stern

G. B. Stern  

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(1890–1973) British novelistTents of Israel [US: The Matriarch] (1924) FictionA Deputy Was King (1926) FictionPetruchia [US: Modesta] (1929) FictionShining and Free (1935) FictionThe Young Matriarch ...
John Drinkwater

John Drinkwater  

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(1882–1937),a prolific poet, dramatist, critic, and actor. His work appeared in all five volumes of Georgian Poetry, and was collected in 1933 in Summer Harvest. He wrote many plays, including ...
Rita Dove

Rita Dove  

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(1952– ),American poet, born in Akron, Ohio. Her collections include The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Thomas and Beulah (1986), Grace Notes (1989), and Mother Love (1995), a powerful lyrical ...
Brian Bedford

Brian Bedford  

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(b. Morley, Yorks, 16 Feb. 1935)Actor. Since his first American stage performance in 1959, in Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise, Bedford has appeared almost every single year across the ...
Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott  

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(1931–84)English director. A superb craftsman, Elliott's productions of Ibsen were highly respected. He began his career in London by founding the 59 Theatre at the Lyric Hammersmith, directing ...
Virginia Theatre

Virginia Theatre  

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(New York). This playhouse on West 52nd Street has not only gone through several name changes, but the space itself has been reconfigured on three occasions. The illustrious Theatre Guild ...

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