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Maggie Smith Shines As Miss Brodie

You ever discovered an actor or actress late in their acting career and wondered where you’ve been?

That’s how I feel about Maggie Smith.

Let me preface this by saying I’m not an avid movie watcher. Even when I do watch movies, I’m hard pressed to tell you a lot of the actors and actresses names—except for the really famous ones.

Anyway, I watch Downton Abbey with my wife, and we’ve always loved Maggie Smith’s character, Lady Violet. When we first watched the show, I recognized Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter movies.

But, obviously, she’s had a long, storied acting career that includes an Academy Award for playing Miss Brodie in the film adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

She was much younger then, but it’s still so cool to see such an incredible actress perform at such a high level over a long period of time.

I’ve heard from many of you that The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is one of those few movies that holds up compared to the book. Most critics seem agree on this one. It’s a great movie with a powerful performance by Maggie Smith.

Here’s the trailer of the movie starring Maggie Smith:

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  1. I’m with you, she’s one of those actors who have always been old for many of us. I also, however always remember this interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIWnXxm0s6I I stumbled across it some time and she was just so 1960s glamorous with the hair and the cigarette.

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    April 8, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    April 8, 2015
  3. veryunfamiliar #

    She is absolutely one of my favorite. She is an elite actress!

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    April 8, 2015
  4. Dominick Sabalos #

    For me Maggie Smith is forever Ancient Wendy from Hook, which is still one of my favourite films. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a good film though – hope you’re enjoying the book.

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    April 8, 2015
    • I agree Dominick, and hook is one of my favorite films as well (though peter pan frustrates me to the very end).

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      April 8, 2015
  5. I love Maggie Smith!

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    April 8, 2015
  6. This is officially on my to watch list!

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    April 8, 2015
  7. Great movie.

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    April 8, 2015
  8. I remember this movie. Maggie Smith was just so powerful in this and I have loved her since.

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    April 8, 2015
  9. I love Maggie Smith in everything I’ve ever seen her in. Everything. She’s one of my faves.

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    April 8, 2015
  10. Guess I should add this movie to my watchlist. Thanks!

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    April 9, 2015
  11. I love her. She is fantastic.

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    April 9, 2015
  12. Maggie Smith OWNS every role she plays, even if they are minor/supporting roles. I liked her even in Sister Act and The First Wives Club (kind of fluff movies, but they’re entertaining). She’s just all around a great actress 🙂

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    April 11, 2015
  13. Reblogged this on Ms M's Bookshelf and commented:
    I have never seen Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and I am going to have to remedy that! I’ve enjoyed her immensely in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel and it’s high time I looked at her other work. I’m glad Robert reminded me of this. I hope you enjoy my Sunday reblog!

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    April 11, 2015
  14. Exactly what I’m reading right now! I started watching the trailer you included but then stopped because I don’t want to see actors – I want to allow my imagination free rein for now. Although obviously not for Miss Brodie who I can only picture and hear as Maggie Smith!

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    April 13, 2015
  15. Maggie Smith is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    April 14, 2015
  16. Loved the movie, and the theme song, by “Oliver”, is still one of my favorites.

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    April 17, 2015

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