Heads up Downton Abbey Canadian fans....
Maggie Smith has been named the 2012 recipient of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's legacy award, to be presented in Toronto on Sept. 10. The prize honors the four seasons she spent at the Festival, from 1976 to 1980.
"Here in Stratford, Maggie Smith holds a special place in our hearts," Stratford artistic director Des McAnuff said in a statement.
"One of our festival's founding principles was that we should be a home for artists of international stature as well as for our own Canadian stars, a principle spectacularly embodied in the four seasons Dame Maggie spent with us between 1976 and 1980. Her performances on our stages made an immense contribution to our artistic legacy and are still treasured in the memories of all who experienced them."
He added that he has spoken to Smith recently and that she is looking forward to coming back to Canada.
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