'Downton Abbey' Star Maggie Smith to Receive Stratford Fest Tribute
TORONTO – Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith will be feted during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival by the city’s live theater community.
Piggy-backing on TIFF’s star power and buzz, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival will give the Dowager Countess a legacy award during a glitzy fund-raiser on September 10 in Toronto.
“As brilliant in her many celebrated screen roles as in her classical work on stage, Dame Maggie is known around the globe as one of the truly legendary artists of our age,” Stratford artistic director Des McAnuff said as he cited Smith for the gala tribute.
Following her first Oscar best actress win for her performance in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Smith performed at the local classical theater festival in Stratford, Ontario between 1976 and 1980.