Dame Maggie Smith and Kathleen Turner : Stories and maybe some Shade

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Over 20 years ago (and pre Downton) Dame Maggie Smith was starring in Alan Bennett’s play The Lady in The Van in the Queens Theatre in London’s West End.  She was nominated for a Best Actress Award at the Oliviers and then later she would reprise the role in the film adaptation. Meanwhile at the … Continue reading

Maggie Smith never does anything ‘merely’.

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Back in 1987  the celebrated British playwright  Peter Shaffer followed up the enormous success of his Tony Award-winning play Equus with a new play called Lettice and Lovage that he wrote especially for Maggie Smith (in her pre Dame days).  It centered around a flamboyant tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind an English country house and who … Continue reading

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