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July 9, 2020

Beautiful Vintage Black and White Photos of a Young Maggie Smith in the 1960s

In 1962, Dame Maggie Smith (Margaret Natalie Smith) won the first of six Best Actress Evening Standard Theatre Awards for both of her performances in The Private Ear and The Public Eye. A permanent fixture at the Royal National Theatre during the 1960s, she was largely well-known for playing Desdemona opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in Othello, the role which also earned Smith her first Oscar nomination in the 1965 film version.

1969. (Evening Standard)

In 1969, She played the title role of a teacher in the British drama film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, for which she won her first Academy Award and BAFTA Award. Her other movies in this decade included Go to Blazes (1962), The V.I.P.s (1963), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Young Cassidy (1965), The Honey Pot (1967), Hot Millions (1968), and Oh! What a Lovely War (1969).

Take a look back at the dame when she was young back in the 1960s through 25 beautiful photographs below:

1960s. (Bettmann)

At the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, London, 1962. (Evening Standard)

1963. (Stan Meagher)

Reading a script shortly after she was named Stage Actress of the Year by the Variety Club of Great Britain, 1963. (Evening Standard)
In her dressing room, 1963. (Mirrorpix)

Sitting by a window at home, 1963. (Michael Ward)

1963. (Michael Ward)

On a train station platform waiting for a train from London to Newcastle upon Tyne, 1964. (Mirrorpix)

Chatting with Ringo Starr during the Variety Club Luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel, London, 1964. (Mirrorpix)

With Laurence Olivier in 'The Recruiting Officer,' 1965. (Bela Zola)

1965. (Silver Screen Collection)

Queen Elizabeth II presented to Maggie Smith by Sir Laurence Olivier at the charity premiere of the film 'Othello' at the Odeon Theatre, London, 1966. (PA Images)

On the set of the film 'The Honey Pot' at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy, 1966. (Martin Mills)

Publicity portrait for the film 'The Honey Pot,' 1967. (United Artists)

In the dressing room of The Old Vic, London, 1967. (Pierre Manevy)

Filming 'Hot Millions,' 1968. (Bela Zola)

Filming 'Hot Millions,' 1968. (Bentley Archive)

With Peter Ustinov in a still from the film 'Hot Millions,' 1968. (Hulton Archive)

With director Richard Attenborough during the filming of 'Oh! What a Lovely War,' 1968. (Paramount)

Filming 'Oh! What a Lovely War,' 1968. (Markeson)

Wearing a fur coat, 1969. (Allan Jones)

In a scene from the film 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 1969. (20th Century-Fox)

With her award at the Variety Club of Great Britain Show Business Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London, 1969. (Ted West)

At the Middlesex Hospital with Toby, her baby son with husband Robert Stephens, 1969. (Ian Showell)


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