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Even 20 Years After His Death, Maggie Smith Grieves The Loss Of Her Husband

Even 20 Years After His Death, Maggie Smith Grieves The Loss Of Her Husband

The 'Downton Abbey' actress admitted that life without her second husband "seems a bit pointless. Going on one's own and not having someone to share it with."

The death of a loved one is a morbid affair and the grief that follows isn't easy and no one is spared. Not even the two-time Oscar-winning actresses like Dame Maggie Smith who is best known for her role as Violet Crawley Dowager Countess of Grantham in the British drama, Downton Abbey. For younger audiences, one might better remember her as the stern Transfiguration teacher, Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter. And for lovers of movies from the 90s, remember her as the (strict and stern yet again) nun from Sister Act?



 



 

Movies and theater aside, Maggie Smith's personal life has also seen some ups and downs. Particularly when she met the first love of her life at the tender age of just  18 years old. But it wasn't as easy as that, meeting playwright Beverley Cross. There was a bit of controversy to the tale as Beverley Cross was a married man at the time. He asked her to wait for him as he filed for his divorce, but Maggie Smith met and married fellow actor Robert Stephens in 1967 and had two sons with him. But the relationship didn't last too long and the couple later split in 1975. Just a year later, she was reunited with her old love Beverley Cross and the two got married in 1976.

English actors Maggie Smith and Robert Stephens (1931 - 1995) with their son Chris Larkin, UK, 3rd March 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, Beverley died of an aneurysm in 1998. According to Now To Love, in a rare interview with US 60 Minutes, she admitted to being lonely without him. When asked if she was indeed lonely, Maggie said, "I don't know. It seems a bit pointless. Going on one's own and not having someone to share it with. Jane Birkin's mother Judy Campbell once said an extraordinary thing to me when her husband died; that it was a strange feeling you were not number one with anybody."



 

The actress, who is now in her mid-80s, tries to keep busy with her work but it's not been easy even after all these years. According to the Daily Mail, she said, "‘They say it [the pain] goes away but it doesn’t. It just gets different. It’s awful, but what do you do? After the busy-ness you are more alone, much more. A day that is absolutely crowded keeps your mind away from why you are alone but when it stops, that is the deafening silence."

Is she hoping to find love again? When asked by 60 Minutes, she made the answer very clear. "Absolutely not," she said. "No way."



 

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