English actress Dame Maggie Smith has experienced many happy moments throughout her six-decade long Hollywood career.
But she's also suffered from devastating sadness, most notably after she lost her beloved husband, playwright Beverley Cross, in 1998.
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"They say it goes away but it doesn't," Maggie, 79, said of losing her husband in a new interview. "It just gets different."
The Oscar-winning actress met her future husband while she was performing in his production of 'Strip the Willow,' and the couple later married in August 1975. He was a loving stepfather to her two sons, Chris Larkin and Toby Stephens, her children with her first husband, actor Robert Stephens.
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Since Beverley's death at age 66, Maggie has lived alone. Though she says working — most recently portraying the Dowager Countess on the hit PBS series Downton Abbey — takes her mind off the loss, she admits the grief settles back in when filming ends.
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"It's awful, but what do you do? After the busyness, 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 there is that deafening silence," she recently told The Telegraph.
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