Quotes by: Maggie Smith

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Dame Maggie Smith
CH DBE
Smith in 2007
Born Margaret Natalie Smith
(1934-12-28) 28 December 1934 (age 82)
Ilford, Essex, England[1][2]
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–present
Spouse(s) Sir Robert Stephens
(m. 1967; div. 1974)

Beverley Cross
(m. 1975; d. 1998)
Children Chris Larkin
Toby Stephens
Relatives Anna-Louise Plowman
(daughter-in-law)
Awards Full list

The last couple of years have been a write-off, though I'm beginning to feel like a person now. My energy is coming back.
Maggie Smith
I said 'It can't go on' and he said 'No, it can't.' Honestly, I don't think I could have mattered less to him by then. But by then, nothing mattered to him.
Maggie Smith
I loved Robert Altman, so gentle yet naughty! And Julian Fellowes writes so beautifully.
Maggie Smith
It's true I don't tolerate fools but then they don't tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that's why I'm quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies.
Maggie Smith
My career is chequered. Then I think I got pigeon-holed in humour; Shakespeare is not my thing.
Maggie Smith
I had been feeling a little rum. I didn't think it was anything serious because years ago I felt a lump and it was benign. I assumed this would be too. It kind of takes the wind out of your sails, and I don't know what the future holds, if anything.
Maggie Smith
The thing is, often press people ask questions that are so personal that even your nearest and dearest wouldn't ask them.
Maggie Smith
I think lots of actors are very nervous and shy. I know lots of them who are, and some who aren't of course.
Maggie Smith
I know there is something out there and like most people, I tend to believe in it more when things go bad.
Maggie Smith
I know there is something out there, and like most people, I tend to believe in it more when things go bad. But I'm not like Shirley MacLaine, who probably believes we were past lovers in another life.
Maggie Smith
I have many good friends, but I tend to keep to myself anyway. It's odd, doing things and having no one to share them with.
Maggie Smith
It seems to me there is a change in what audiences want to see. I can only hope that's correct, because there's an awful lot of people of my age around now and we outnumber the others.
Maggie Smith
There is a kind of invisible thread between the actor and the audience, and when it's there it's stunning, and there is nothing to match that.
Maggie Smith
The performances you have in your head are always much better than the performances on stage.
Maggie Smith
Some people say you have to fight cancer. But it was fighting me. The cure was worse than the disease, and it left me totally exhausted and depressed. I just hid myself away in my daughter-in-law's flat.
Maggie Smith
Listen, I must be 110 by now. Granny is going to kick the bucket at some point.
Maggie Smith
I tend to head for what's amusing because a lot of things aren't happy. But usually you can find a funny side to practically anything.
Maggie Smith
I like being outside and working with the elements. The elemental aspects of it. The physicality of it.
Maggie Smith
I wanted to be a serious actress, but of course that didn't really happen.
Maggie Smith
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