I’m being greedy today and posting two heroines. I couldn’t decide which, so posting about both of them.
Dame Maggie Smith is so dry in her humour that she always makes me laugh. I suspect she is probably quite similar to her many characters, the most recent being Violet Crawley in ‘Downton Abbey’. I know the programme has its critics but for me it was a highlight of television.
She often fights for films to be made ‘for grown-ups’ instead of the constant pandering to the young. There have been rather fewer of these but many of them have been highly successful.
Her critically acclaimed films include Othello (1965), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Travels with My Aunt (1972), California Suite (1978), Clash of the Titans (1981), A Room with a View (1985) and Gosford Park (2001). She has also appeared in a number of widely popular films, including Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992) and as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series
I loved seeing her in ‘Ladies in Lavender’ too, along with my other heroine for today.
Dame Judy Dench another Dame from the world of acting. Her list of highlights is endless, including "M" for recent James Bond movies, lots of roles on television from high drama to comedy. I loved the "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (with Maggie Smith again). It was great fun and most entertaining. Judi Dench has received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards include eleven BAFTAs, (including the Bafta Fellowship in 2001) seven Laurence Olivier Awards, (including the Society's Special Award) two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). She was married to actor Michael Williams from 1971 until his death in 2001.