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:
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)