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?