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Liz Smith

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Iconic gossip journalist who became referred to as The Grand Dame of Dish. She became among the founding associates of one from the initial gossip websites, wowOwow.com. She actually is among the initial gossip columnist and she made a gossip column for the brand new York Daily Information. She once was wedded to George Edward. She acquired among her initial big gossip tales when she interviewed Ivana Trump during her divorce from Donald.

Quick Facts


Full Name Liz Smith
Date Of Birth February 2, 1923
Died December 24, 2016, Worthing, United Kingdom, December 24, 2016, Worthing, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth Fort Worth, TX
Profession Journalist
Education University of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh
Nationality British, British
Spouse Jack Thomas, Jack Thomas
Parents Wilfred Gleadle, Nellie Gleadle, Wilfred Gleadle, Nellie Gleadle
Siblings Leila N Gleadle, Leila N Gleadle
Awards BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, British Comedy Award for the Best TV Comedy Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, British Comedy Award for the Best TV Comedy Actress
Nominations British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance, British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance
Movies Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Private Function, Bleak Moments, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Keeping Mum, Hard Labour, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, City of Ember, High Spirits, A Merry War, A Christmas Carol, Apartment Zero, Oliver Twist, We Think the World of You, Secrets & Lies, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Britannia Hospital, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, The Magic Flute, Piccolo grande amore, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Tom's Midnight Garden, Donovan Quick, Sweet Revenge, The Duellists, Imperium: Nero, Dead Cool, Agatha, Tube Tales, Alice in Wonderland, Flick, Haunted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anna Spud, Crystal Gazing, The All Star Impressions Show, Dakota Road, A Good Thief, Doggin' Around, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Private Function, Bleak Moments, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Keeping Mum, Hard Labour, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, City of Ember, High Spirits, A Merry War, A Christmas Carol, Apartment Zero, Oliver Twist, We Think the World of You, Secrets & Lies, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Britannia Hospital, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, The Magic Flute, Piccolo grande amore, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Tom's Midnight Garden, Donovan Quick, Sweet Revenge, The Duellists, Imperium: Nero, Dead Cool, Agatha, Tube Tales, Alice in Wonderland, Flick, Haunted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anna Spud, Crystal Gazing, The All Star Impressions Show, Dakota Road, A Good Thief, Doggin' Around
TV Shows Lark Rise to Candleford, The Vicar of Dibley, Between the Sheets, The Royle Family, 2point4 Children, Crapston Villas, In Loving Memory, I Didn't Know You Cared, The Young Ones, Pirates, Now And Then, Lark Rise to Candleford, The Vicar of Dibley, Between the Sheets, The Royle Family, 2point4 Children, Crapston Villas, In Loving Memory, I Didn't Know You Cared, The Young Ones, Pirates, Now And Then
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Daughter of Wilfred Gleadle (born 7 May 1901, died 19 September 1973) and Nellie Gladle (born Nellie Foster, died 1924).
2Sister of Leila N Gleadle (born 1924, died 1924).
3In 2006 she moved into an assisted living facility in North London. In 2010, she moved to a similar facility in Worthing, West Sussex.
4She twice played roles intended for Beryl Reid - Apartment Zero (1988) and High Spirits (1988).
5Played the same role of "Peg Sliderskew" in two different adaptations of "Nicholas Nickleby", in 1977 and 2001.
6She had roles in two "Oliver Twist" films - the 2005 Roman Polanski adaptation, Oliver Twist (2005), and the 1999 I.T.V. mini-series, Oliver Twist (1999). She portrayed separate characters in both versions.
7Announced that she was retiring in 2009, at the age of 87, because she had suffered a stroke which left her unable to accept any further acting roles.Nevertheless she did take on some further roles after making a recovery.
8She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to Drama.
9Was actually christened Betty, rather than Elizabeth.
10Did not work professionally as an actress until the age of 50 and from that point, became one of the most recogniseable faces on television and film, being named as the nation's favourite fictional grandmother. Previous to acting, she lived a difficult life of relative poverty, working in dead-end jobs while raising two children on her own.
11Has been in three different versions of "A Christmas Carol," twice as the same character. Played Ms. Dilber in two TV versions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (1984), with George C. Scott and A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Monster Club1981Villager (uncredited)
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End1980Lady Phillipa of Staines
Madhouse1980TV Series
Play for Today1973-1980TV SeriesElfie / Keith's Granny / Mrs. Oxfam / ...
Bernie1980TV Series
Hazell1979TV SeriesMrs. Scroop
I Didn't Know You Cared1975-1979TV SeriesMrs Brandon / Mrs. Brandon
Agatha1979Flora
Within These Walls1978TV SeriesTottie Dowd
The Stick Up1977Hotel Manageress
The Duchess of Duke Street1977TV SeriesNanny
Ripping Yarns1977TV SeriesMrs. Bag
The Duellists1977Woman reading tarot cards
Nicholas Nickleby1977TV Mini-SeriesPeg Sliderskew
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1976TV MovieLa Falourdel
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet1976Mrs. Dodds
The Fortune Hunters1976TV MovieMrs. Eady
Crown Court1974-1976TV SeriesKitty Ross / Mrs. Fowkes
Emmerdale1975TV SeriesHilda Semple
It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow1975TV MovieVi Bell
The Dick Emery Show1975TV Series
The Sweeney1975TV SeriesMrs. Davies, Landlady
David Copperfield1974TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Heep
Second City Firsts1974TV SeriesMrs. Murphy
South Riding1974TV Mini-SeriesNellie Huggins
No, Honestly1974TV SeriesMay
Bootsie and Snudge1974TV SeriesMrs. Partridge
Village Hall1974TV SeriesMrs. Whalley
Seven Faces of Woman1974TV SeriesMadge
Bedtime Stories1974TV SeriesMiss Long
Last of the Summer Wine1973TV SeriesHousekeeper
Bleak Moments1971Pat's mother
Leo the Last1970Raving tenant (uncredited)
The Tunnel2013TV SeriesHarriet Stone
Common Ground2013TV Series shortColin's Mum
The Antiques Rogue Show2009TV MovieOlive Greenhalgh
Flick2008Ma
City of Ember2008Granny
Lark Rise to Candleford2008TV SeriesZillah
The Abbey2007TV MovieElsie
The Royle Family1998-2006TV SeriesNorma Speakman
The Magic Flute2006Old Papagena
Keeping Mum: Funnies2006Video shortMrs. Parker
Keeping Mum2005Mrs. Parker
Oliver Twist2005Old Woman
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit2005Mrs. Mulch (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005Grandma Georgina
Dead Cool2004Liz
Imperium: Nerone2004TV MovieSoothsayer
Between the Sheets2003TV Mini-SeriesAudrey Delany
Doctors2003TV SeriesAgatha Clifford
Anna Spud2003ShortGran
The Bill1984-2002TV SeriesHarriet 'Tatsie' Wright / Edna Finch / Mrs. West / ...
A Good Thief2002TV MovieLizzie
Trial & Retribution2002TV SeriesMrs. Dorothy Norton
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby2001TV MoviePeg Sliderskew
Animated Tales of the World2000TV SeriesThird Aunt
A Christmas Carol2000TV MovieJoyce
Donovan Quick2000TV MovieGranny
City Central2000TV SeriesMegan Roberts
The Queen's Nose1996-1999TV SeriesGrandma
A Christmas Carol1999TV MovieMrs. Dilber
Oliver Twist1999TV Mini-SeriesSally
2point4 Children1991-1999TV SeriesBette Aunt Belle Bette and Belle
Tube Tales1999Old Lady (segment "Horny")
Tom's Midnight Garden1999Mrs. Willows
Ruth Rendell Mysteries1999TV SeriesLena Finn
Alice in Wonderland1999TV MovieMiss Lory
Anthrakitis1998ShortDolly
The Canterbury Tales1998TV SeriesThe Hag
The Revengers' Comedies1998Winnie
A Merry War1997Mrs. Meakin
Bottom Fluff1996VideoFortune Teller
Karaoke1996TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Baglin / Mrs.Baglin
Secrets & Lies1996Cat Owner
The Vicar of Dibley1994-1996TV SeriesLetitia Cropley
Casualty1995TV SeriesTillie
Crapston Villas1995TV SeriesDelia (voice)
Haunted1995Old Gypsy Woman
Screen One1994TV SeriesMrs. Thompson
Pirates1994/IITV SeriesGran (Abigail Blood)
Takin' Over the Asylum1994TV Mini-SeriesHarriet
New Voices1994TV SeriesNana
Piccolo grande amore1993Queen Mother
Without Walls1993TV Series documentaryMaid
Son of the Pink Panther1993Marta Balls
Cluedo1993TV SeriesMrs. White
Lovejoy1993TV SeriesFlorence
Young Indiana Jones1992TV SeriesDelfina
Dakota Road1992Joan Benson
Making Out1991TV Series
Performance1991TV SeriesAnyula
Bottom1991TV SeriesFortune Teller
El C.I.D.1991TV SeriesMildred
Dunrulin1990TV MovieMrs. Trodd
A Bit of Fry and Laurie1990TV SeriesWoman Returning Suits
Screen Two1987-1990TV SeriesAgent / Gran / Mrs. Slatterthwaite
All Change1989TV SeriesAunt Mary
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover1989Grace
Singles1989TV SeriesMrs. Phelps
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool1989Mrs. Rigby
Wonderworks: Young Charlie Chaplin1989TV SeriesMrs. Greenwood
Jake's Journey1988TV MovieWitch
High Spirits1988Mrs. Plunkett
Apartment Zero1988Mary Louise McKinney
We Think the World of You1988Millie
Valentine Park1987-1988TV SeriesMrs. Giles
All in Good Faith1988TV SeriesAnnie Freeman
When We Are Married1987TV MovieMrs. Northrop
Little Dorrit1987Mrs. Bangham, Midwife
Bust1987TV SeriesBrenda Walsh
Worlds Beyond1987TV SeriesMrs. Watts
Imaginary Friends1987TV Mini-SeriesMilly Munger
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil1986TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Fisher
King & Castle1986TV SeriesMrs. Chalmers
Harem1986TV MovieMrs. Pendleton
Rainbow1985TV SeriesAuntie Liz
Mann's Best Friends1985TV SeriesMrs. Anstruther
A Christmas Carol1984TV MovieMrs. Dilber
A Private Function1984Mother
The Lenny Henry Show1984TV Series
Now and Then1983-1984TV SeriesGran
One by One1984TV SeriesGran Turner
Separate Tables1983TV MovieMiss Meacham
Partners in Crime1983TV SeriesHannah Macpherson
The All Electric Amusement Arcade1983TV SeriesGran
Curse of the Pink Panther1983Marta Balls
Fanny Hill1983Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
Mr. Right1983TV SeriesGran
In Loving Memory1980-1982TV SeriesHilda Pardoe
Russian Night... 19411982TV MovieFrosya
Crystal Gazing1982Lady in Pub
Britannia Hospital1982Maisie
The Gentle Touch1982TV SeriesEdna Slater
Give Us This Day1982Landlady
The French Lieutenant's Woman1981Mrs. Fairley
A Chance to Sit Down1981TV SeriesMrs. Barker
The Other 'Arf1981TV SeriesNora

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TV Greats: Our Favourites from the North2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sitcom Does...2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa2010TV Movie documentaryHerself / Norma Speakman
The All Star Impressions Show2009TV MovieHerself / Queen Elizabeth II
Liz Smith's Summer Cruise2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2008TV SeriesHerself
A Taste of My Life2008TV Series documentaryHerself
The Graham Norton Show2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008TV SeriesHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2004-2007TV SeriesHerself / Smee
This Morning2003-2007TV SeriesHerself
The British Academy Television Awards2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2006TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2006TV SeriesHerself
The Heaven and Earth Show2006TV SeriesHerself
Behind the Scenes: Big Trouble in Little Wallop2006Video documentary shortHerself / Mrs. Parker (uncredited)
Keeping Mum: Big Trouble in Little Wallop2006Video documentary shortHerself / Mrs. Parker (uncredited)
Singing from the Heart: The Story of Treorchy Male Choir2005Video documentaryHerself
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Designer Chocolate2005Video documentary shortHerself
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Different Faces, Different Flavors2005Video documentary shortHerself
Today with Des and Mel2003-2004TV SeriesHerself
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHerself
Blankety Blank1998-2001TV SeriesHerself
It's Only TV... But I Like It2001TV SeriesHerself
The Unforgettable Les Dawson2000TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress
So Graham Norton1999TV SeriesHerself
An Audience with Ronnie Corbett1997TV MovieHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury1996TV MovieHerself - Performer
An Evening with Lily Savage1996TV Movie documentaryHerself - Audience Member
An Audience with Bob Monkhouse1994TV Special documentaryHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
You and Me1974TV SeriesHerself - Presenter (1986)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves2016TV Movie documentaryLetitia Cropley (uncredited)
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryNorma Speakman Letitia Cropley
The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments2008TV Movie documentaryNorma Speakman (uncredited)
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryNorma Speakman (uncredited)
The Comedy Christmas2007TV Movie documentaryNorma Speakman (uncredited)
The Story of Dibley2007TV Movie documentaryLetitia Cropley (uncredited)
The Real Vicars of Dibley2002TV MovieLetitia Cropley (uncredited)
The Jury2002TV Mini-SeriesNorma Speakman
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades1999VideoDelfina
Trail of the Pink Panther1982Martha Balls

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007British Comedy AwardBritish Comedy AwardsBest TV Comedy ActressThe Royle Family (1998)
1985BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressA Private Function (1984)
1985Bronze MaskTaormina International Film FestivalA Private Function (1984)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceThe Royle Family (1998)

TitleSalary
Bleak Moments (1971)£10 a day (over 3 days)

#Quote
1My advice is: Never peel potatoes. Think of the time that would be saved in this country if nobody peeled potatoes.

#Trademark
1Frequently plays eccentric or dotty old women

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