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Maggie Smith looks back at early typecasting. It isn't what you think

Maggie Smith looks back at early typecasting. It isn't what you think

It's been 60 years since Maggie Smith made her Broadway debut. But despite her current standing as one of the grande dames of British acting, she didn't appear in a Shakespearean tragedy, a George Bernard Shaw satire or a sophisticated Noel Coward comedy.

Instead, the then-21-year-old Smith was in a musical comedy revue, "New Faces of 1956." So how did she end up in musical theater?

"In Oxford, I used to do university revues," Smith explained in her unmistakable voice over the phone from her house in London earlier this week. "Sometimes we would do we things at the Edinburgh Festival — we were the first things on the fringe, in fact — and...

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