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Maggie Smith

DOB: December 28, 1934

Background: Smith is an English actress who was born in Essex. She began her career at the Oxfor Playhouse with Frank Shelley. She then went on to become a well-known stage actress in the 1960s at the Royal National Theatre, most notably with an early run in "Othello" with Laurence Olivier. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 1990.

Filmography: While continuing her work on stage, Smith also found much success and many awards in film and television. Her first film role was in 1958 for "Nowhere to Go." Just seven years later, she received her first Oscar nomination for her role as Desdemona in "Othello." She followed with her first Oscar win for the 1969 film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Other films have included "The V.I.P.s," "Travels with My Aunt," "Murder by Death," "Death on the Nile," "California Suite" (another Oscar win for her 1978 supporting role), "Clash of the Titans," "A Room with a View," "Hook," "Sister Act," "The Secret Garden," "The First Wives Club," "Gosford Park," and the "Harry Potter" blockbuster films. Her television projects have included "Memento Mori," "Suddenly, Last Summer," "David Copperfield," "My House in Umbria" (an Emmy winner for her lead role), "Capturing Mary," and "Downton Abbey," for which she received Emmys in 2011 and 2012 for her supporting role.

Academy AwardsWins - Best Actress ("The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," 1969); Best Supporting Actress ("California Suite," 1978)

Best Actress Nominations
"Travels with My Aunt" (1972); lost to Liza Minnelli ("Travels with My Aunt")

Best Supporting Actress Nominations
"Gosford Park" (2001); lost to Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind")
"A Room with a View" (1986); lost to Dianne Wiest ("Hannah and Her Sisters")
"Othello" (1965); lost to Shelley Winters ("A Patch of Blue")

Emmy Awards: Wins - Best Drama Supporting Actress ("Downton Abbey," 2012 - episode "Episode 1"; Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("My House in Umbria," 2003); Best TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress ("Downton Abbey," 2011)

Best Drama Supporting Actress Nominations
"Downton Abbey" (2014) - episode "Episode 4.8"; lost to Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad")
"Downton Abbey" (2013) - episode "Episode 1"; lost to Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nominations
"Capturing Mary" (2010); lost to Claire Danes ("Temple Grandin")
"Suddenly, Last Summer" (1993); lost to Holly Hunter ("The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress Nomination
 "David Copperfield" (2000); lost to Vanessa Redgrave ("If These Walls Could Talk 2")

Tony Awards: Win - Best Actress in a Play ("Lettice and Lovage," 1990)

Best Actress in a Play Nominations
"Night and Day" (1980); lost to Phyllis Frelich ("Children of a Lesser God")
"Private Lives" (1975); lost to Ellen Burstyn ("Same Time, Next Year")

Golden Globes: Wins - Best Film Supporting Actress ("A Room with a View," 1987); Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress ("California Suite," 1979); Best TV Supporting Actress ("Downton Abbey," 2013)

Best Film Drama Actress Nominations
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1970); lost to Genevieve Bujold ("Anne of the Thousand Days")
"Othello" (1966); lost to Samantha Eggar ("The Collector")

Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress Nominations
"Quartet" (2013); lost to Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")
"Travels with My Aunt" (1973); lost to Liza Minnelli ("Cabaret ")

Best Film Supporting Actress Nomination
"Gosford Park" (2002); lost to Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nomination
"My House in Umbria" (2004); lost to Meryl Streep ("Angels in America")

Best TV Supporting Actress Nomination
"Downton Abbey" (2012); lost to Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story")

Best Promising Newcomer - Female Nomination
"The V.I.P.s" (1964) - lost to Ursula Andress ("Dr. No"), Tippi Hedren ("The Birds"), Elke Sommer ("The Prize")

SAG Awards: Wins - Best Film Ensemble ("Gosford Park," 2002); Best TV Drama Ensemble ("Downton Abbey," 2013); Best TV Drama Actress ("Downton Abbey," 2014)

Best Film Ensemble Nomination
"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2013); lost to "Argo"

Best Film Supporting Actress Nomination
"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2013); lost to Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables")

Best TV Drama Ensemble Nomination
"Downton Abbey" (2014); lost to "Breaking Bad"

Best TV Drama Actress Nomination
"Downton Abbey" (2013); lost to Claire Danes ("Homeland")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nomination
"Downton Abbey" (2012); lost to Kate Winslet ("Mildred Pierce")

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