[quote]Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Ingrid Bergman, Helen Hayes, Maggie Smith
The only great actresses of the last and current century.
What would Larry King ask her (borrowing from the Carnival Cruise thread)?
R16 Excuse me?
Isn't it a breach of protocol for a queen to subject herself to a dame?
did Minnelli win an Emmy for Liza with a Z? If so then she is another Tony, Oscar, Emmy winner.
Liza is another Tony, Oscar, Emmy winner
Such a great interview; however Steve Kroft conducting the interview was an interesting choice which worked.
R22 did they mention her Oscar-Emmy-Tony awards?
Dustin Hoffman appeared with Maggie towards the end of the interview.
Looks like Maggie has signed on for Season 4 of Downton Abbey!
Barbra Streisand has won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy. Multiple times. And she was the top box-office draw for a decade and the top-selling female recording artist in history. Top that, Maggie.
Barbra doesn't have a competitive Tony Award
R26, when Maggie won her Oscars, she didn't have to share by tying with someone else - Barbra did.
R27, She won "Star of the Decade." It doesn't get any bigger than that.
Barbra only won the Oscar because she voted for herself.
R29 she didn't 'win' that award. It was an honorary award.
No matter how you spin it she hasn't won a competitive Tony award, and therefore doesn't have one on her resume. Only an honorary one, and so it doesn't count.
And you think the Dowager Countess didn't vote for herself?
Barbra lost the Tony award twice. Once to Phyllis Newman and second to Carol Channing.
[quote] And you think the Dowager Countess didn't vote for herself?
She wasn't a member of the Academy when she won for 'Miss Jean Brodie'
She's pretty much the best there is. Period.
R35 are u talking about Maggie or Babs?
What about me bitches? I have the Emmy (MILDRED PIERCE), Grammy (Spoken Word Album, LISTEN TO THE STORYTELLER), and Oscar (THE READER). Tony is withing my grasp!!!
Then get your buns to Broadway Katie
The Tony for "Star of the Decade" does count. It's the highest honor ever bestowed upon a performer by the Tonys. It's never been awarded to anyone but Barbra.
Grammys for Spoken Word albums don't count. And Rita Moreno's Grammy doesn't count, either, because it was for some silly Sesame Street album that featured many different performers who all won together.
Back to the interview itself. I loved her dissing of the director of California Suite, Herbert Ross. He made Walter Matthau cry? What a bastard. I bet Michael Caine told Ross to go fuck himself.
Watched the season three finale on DVD this afternoon. It's a killer. Already miss the show.
Whoopi Goldberg has an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award. Hardly prestigious company if she can accomplish this.
R37 [quote]What about me bitches? I have the Emmy (MILDRED PIERCE)
Only an Emmy, bitch? I got an Oscar for the same role.
She was so delicious in California Suite.
"Sidney! I can see your privates!"
Anyone else see the interview?
It made me sad when she said that "without someone in your life to share things, what is the point." I am glad they didn't air her interview on Valentine's Day. Damn.
Yeah, her husband, a writer named Beverley Cross, was the absolute love of her life. Her first husband Robert Stephens was a drunk and a womanizer.
As Noel Coward said: television is for appearing on, not for watching. Thats why Mags has never bothered to watch Downton Abbey.
I'm glad she's let her face age naturally.
[quote]Whoopi Goldberg has an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award.
Whoopi's Oscar is for Supporting, unlike Maggie's and Barbra's.
r16 is a conceited little fool.
Maggie has a supporting Oscar.
I KNOW that, R53. My point was that Maggie has a LEAD Oscar, which Whoopi does not. Therefore, Whoopi is not in the same club as Maggie and Barbra like someone above tried to suggest.
I'm not surprised that she doesn't watch the show. If you pay close attention to her acting, you can see she phones it in week after week. Oftentimes, her line readings will be off in *just* such a manner to suggest that Dame Maggie really doesn't know what's happening in the scene she is acting.
And she is still, by far, the best thing about the show.
She is amazing, genuine and no bs.
[quote]I'm not surprised that she doesn't watch the show. If you pay close attention to her acting, you can see she phones it in week after week.
You're a bit of ass, aren't you? Dame Maggie Smith doesn't phone it in. She stated, clearly, that she, as many actors do, don't watch the work because she would be upset about the choices she made and can't do it again. She also stated that she will see it after all is said and done, and time has passed.
"Oh Edith, don't be defeatist. It's so middle claaaahhs."
I wasn't saying that she avoids the show out of embarrassment. I *was* saying that it is obvious that she doesn't watch the -- in the same sense that it is obvious that she only reads the portions of her script that pertain to the Dowager Countess.
Please learn to read and decipher context, dummy.
She is simply the best- for decades one of the greatest actresses in the world- Her Jean Brodie was brilliant- I saw her on the stage in BYC in Lettuce and Lovage- one of the most memorable nights I've had at a show.
She came off as down to earth, private and a bit wary in the interview.
her poop doesn't smell
Oh...that Lettice....was just amazing...a night I won't forget...written for her.
Where is that delightful Datalounge person who eats old person's excrement?
[quote] The Tony for "Star of the Decade" does count. It's the highest honor ever bestowed upon a performer by the Tonys. It's never been awarded to anyone but Barbra.
So Politician John Lindsay also has an honorary Tony Award
Does that make him a Tony Award winning politician?
Someone should post a thread for almost an EGOT. Maggie could definitely score a Grammy if she did spoken word, maybe her autobiography? Cher could score a Tony if she did a month of shows like Bette or Barry.
[quote] I *was* saying that it is obvious that she doesn't watch the -- in the same sense that it is obvious that she only reads the portions of her script that pertain to the Dowager Countess.Please learn to read and decipher context, dummy.'
You don't know Maggie Smith, you have never met her or worked with her, yet you know how she approaches her work, because it's obvious to you. I stand corrected, you're not a bit of an ass, you're a whole lotta ass.
Both Babs and Cher could score a Tony if they just invested in the right Broadway play or musical.
Look at Tamara Tunie and Whoopi Goldberg. They gave money to the right B'way show and now have a Tony award to their credit.
[quote]The Tony for "Star of the Decade" does count.
No, it doesn't.
[quote]It's the highest honor ever bestowed upon a performer by the Tonys.
No, it's not.
[quote]It's never been awarded to anyone but Barbra.
The only one of your statements that is not false.
[quote]Grammys for Spoken Word albums don't count.
[quote]And Rita Moreno's Grammy doesn't count, either, because it was for some silly Sesame Street album that featured many different performers who all won together.
they are competitive awards. Barbra Streisand's Tony is honorary. not competitive, so it doesn't count. When she was in actual competition for a Tony twice she lost. The honorary Tony was a meaningless bauble given out to her only to make the awards more popular. It would be as if the Oscars had given a special honorary Star of the Decade Oscar in 2010 to Daniel Radcliffe.
Herbert Ross also had a knock-down fight with Dolly Parton during the filming of Steel Magnolias.
Ross also conspired with James Caan to throw powder in Streisand's face during the dressing room scene in Funny Lady. Caan said it wasn't planned and you can tell that Barbra was shocked initially before she began laughing.
R47-I actually felt sorry for her children and grandchildren when she said that life was pointless w/o a partner-my mom is a widow with a really bad heart but she does all she can to stay alive because she loves her children and grandchildren so much.
It saddened me deeply to hear Dame Maggie say she won't do theater anymore. Some of my greatest nights spent in the theater were seeing her in plays (most written expressly for her) by Alan Bennett, Edward Albee, Peter Shaffer, Tom Stoppard in New York and London. I was so hoping she'd come to Broadway one more time in SOMETHING - ANYTHING. Even that crappy play she did with Judi Dench in the West End a few years back.
I was glad to hear, however, that she made pots of money doing those Harry Potter films (her "retirement" money) so at least she can live comfortably for the rest of her life. She deserves every accolade she gets - and more.
The interview was fascinating, but Kroft made it seem like she had done very little pre-Jean Brodie. Not a mention of her brilliant classical work, esp. as Desdemona in the Olivier film of OTHELLO, or her amazing work in pre-Brodie films like THE VIPS and THE HONEY POT.
In a related story - WHET Dame Joan Plowright? She's fallen off the grid in recent years....
It counts. Honorary or not, she earned it.
The DL Awards Queens are even worse than sports fans with their stupid statistics.
It Just doesn't matter.
I found her incredibly pompous and tiresome with all the "I have no idea HOW famous I am" and "I never bother to watch myself" and "I have NO interest in fame or a career" bullshit.
Yet, she pops up at awards show, does interviews, etc..
She was clearly doing her schtick during this interview and I'm not buying it. There isn't and never was an actor alive who didn't crave fame and awards.
She was a poster child of everything I find tiresome about the British.
[quote] Yet, she pops up at awards show, does interviews, etc..
R76, you are an ass. Dame Maggie NEVER appears on awards shows (she's never accepted any of her Emmys or Oscars in person - she famously sent her friend Alice Ghostley to accept her Oscar for Jean Brodie) and NEVER does interviews, as Kroft made perfectly clear.
You're the one who is clearly tiresome.
r76, If Maggie were obsessed with her own bullshit, she'd have 5 facelifts by now.
She doesn't care about anything except doing good work. And thats whey she's so good.
Maggie was at the Golden Globes a few years ago.
I'm not surprised if she does not want to do stage work; she is 78, and she has been ill. It is physically and mentally demanding work.
[quote]Not a mention of her brilliant classical work, esp. as Desdemona in the Olivier film of OTHELLO
I believe they showed a still photo from that production.
[quote]Is Anderson interviewing her?
That would have been awful.
I do believe she was in the audience the night she won the Oscar for California Suite, so she did go onstage to receive one of her awards.
[quote] It counts. Honorary or not, she earned it.
The EGOT committee does not recognize her Honorary Tony Award, and will not recognize her as being EGOT.
That is what counts.
She was also at the Oscars when she was nominated for Gosford Park,
Here is Maggie with her Oscar at the 79 Oscars speaking with the Press
As much as I enjoy her, I watched an interview a long time ago she did - IIRC - with Charlie Rose. It was very disappointing because I realized she wasn't all that bright or insightful. We always assume those with a lovely British accent are smart but she clearly was not all that bright.
There is clearly one, MAYBE two unhinged, out of control, Maggie Smith fangurls trolling this thread. And they're also British.
I'm also sick of the way U.S. media refers to these people as "DAME" this and "SIR" that.
We don't have those classes or titles here. Enough with the fucking press and media attempting to make it happen.
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing and The Prime of Miss jean Brodie are wonderful ... lifetime pass from me.
r89, it's not the rest of the world's fault that you feel insecure about its accomplishments.
It's a sign of respect and gratitude to address people with the title they received. If you don't want to offer respect to others you should not expect to receive respect either.
Maggie Smith in Lettuce and Lovage was the funniest night I have ever spent in the theater. She is peerless.
R92, Maggie Smith was wonderful in Lettice and Lovage but I thought her replacement Geraldine McEwan was even better because she was a betfer casting choice for the role. You never feared for Smith's Lettice's future when she was "retired" but you did for McEwan's Lettice. Smith played Lettice as very strong-willed and McEwan played her as painfully vulnerable. I prefer Smith's Jean Brody in the film to McEwan's Jean Brody in a TV series (just out on DVD). I'd love to have seen Vanessa Redgrave play Jean Brody in the original West End production.
Why does she look so much older than her age? It never occurred to me she is the same woman I used to see in California Suite back in the 80s when HBO used to play it over and over.