15 of Maggie Smith's Most Iconic Roles

Posted in Entertainment on Jan 17th, 2019

Just her name alone is enough to call into mind some of Dame Maggie Smith’s most incredible performances. When I told a friend I was writing about her most iconic roles, she asked if I was writing about all of them. Yes, she’s that good. Her career has spanned almost seventy years. She was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1990. She’s won the triple crown in acting: Oscars for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and California Suite; a Tony for “Lettice and Lovage;” and an Emmy for “My House in Umbria.” On stage, Dame Maggie Smith has played some of the most enthralling women ever written: Hedda Gabler, Queen Elizabeth and Virginia Woolf. She excels at playing women who are upper class, stoic, even snobbish; if you’ve ever seen her appear out of character, you see that she’s nothing like that! With all her success on stage, she is most recognized for her roles in film and television.

15. Caro in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

I know. I picked a chick flick for this list. But that chick flick is well-written, has a cast that’s on fire, and has some incredible, understated humor. It’s become one of those ‘guilty pleasure’ movies that everyone watches when they see it on TV. Maggie Smith is a stand out in her role as Caro. The character is a great addition to a secretly successful movie!

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