A Dream Assignment

This week we’re talking about what ifs. More specifically, what if we were asked to ghost write an autobiography for someone famous and as a result you got to spend two weeks with that person as they told you everything there was to know about them. Who would you want it to be? Now most people who know me are probably going to guess that I would want to write for Richard Armitage. He is my favorite living actor and I have been saying for years that I would love to meet him someday. However, that is NOT who I would choose. (Sorry Richard 😦 )

I would have to go with the incomparable Dame Maggie Smith. Born in December of 1934 Dame Smith has seen a lot in her lifetime. I would love to hear the stories of her childhood. (I love hearing stories from anyone who grew up during that era, I feel like those stories are fading out of existence since so few people seem to care enough to write these stories down.). What was it like stepping on stage for the first time at age 17 to perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Oxford Playhouse? What about stepping out into her first role for Broadway in 1956? What was it like working with people like Laurence Olivier. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Pryor, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams and countless others? She’s received countless awards and has accomplished so much in her lifetime.

I have only ever watched one Harry Potter movie, maybe two. My kids have never been into the movies or the books but I remember hearing she had been going through treatment for breast cancer during filming and she refused to stop filming. She is a brave and determined woman. I find her inspiring.


She’s in so many of my favorite movies. I adore her as Wendy in Hook. She’s a fabulous Mother Superior in the Sister Act movies. I’m slightly terrified of her as Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden. She was perfect as Lady Greshem in Becoming Jane. I cried while watching Lady in the Van where she played Miss Shepherd. Of course who else could have played Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey with her sharp wit? I have also watched Tea with the Dames a few times. I’ve seen other films she’s been in but the ones listed above are favorites of mine.

I’d love to hear about antics that she got into while filming. Her travels around the world. Her childhood. Breaking into theater. I could probably listen to stories for months and months. If I got to meet Dame Judi Dench as well then I’d be tickled pink! Of course, my ten yaer old would have to be with me. He absolutely loves Dame Maggie Smith too!

So if I were lucky enough to ever be selected to write for anyone I would hope that it would be the absolutely wonderfully talented Dame Maggie Smith. What’s your favorite Maggie Smith role?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to A Dream Assignment

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Dame Maggie is an excellent choice. She certainly seems to be a fascinating lady. And she’s created many memorable characters.
    Plus, as you note, worked with most of the big stars of the preceding 5 decades.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve watched Sister Act and Downton Abbey. I also saw Maggie Smith in California Suite and First Wives Club. But of all her roles, my favorite was her Violet Crawley. She really made the show worth watching.

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    • Violet Crawley really made that show! I’ve watched the series through several times. She’s by far my favorite.

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      • Oh, gosh Angie,I have been truly hard-pressed this week to come up with a non-writer to care to get to know, and Maggie was one of the only ones who came to mind that I truly cared to speak with, so I agree with you completely.
        Back in the sixties, she was truly gorgeous, one of the few truly bright spots in “The V.I.P.s” which had huge celebrities of the time co-starring.
        Back to the drawing board for me!


      • Absolutely, The Dowager Duchess was the brightest spot of the series! Do you know that Julian Fellowes planned on killing her off after the first season, but everyone took to Maggie so well, I am so glad that she brightened our days! I did not expect to like D.S., but I got hooked, and Maggie was the biggest hook for me.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Good choice.


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