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: