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Maggie Smith Strove to Continue Acting Even When Cancer Treatment Left Her Exhausted | "She Was in a Lot of Pain"
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Maggie Smith Strove to Continue Acting Even When Cancer Treatment Left Her Exhausted | "She Was in a Lot of Pain"

The 88-year-old actress contemplated putting an end to her career after being "knocked sideways" by cancer treatment.

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Dame Maggie Smith has been going steady in the film industry since the 1950s and the actress has conquered the hearts of millions with her stellar performances on the theater stage, television, and big screens. Being a consistent performer, she has not kept herself away from showbiz until recent times. Smith, who is known for her iconic performance as Professor Minerva Mcgonagall in the Harry Potter film franchise, was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, reports The Times. She had contemplated putting an end to her career after being "knocked sideways" fighting breast cancer.

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"It leaves you so flattened. I'm not sure I could go back to theatre work, although film work is more tiring. I'm frightened to work in theatre now. I feel very uncertain. I haven't done it for a while," the English actress told the outlet in 2009.

Getty Images | Photo by Ian Gavan
Getty Images | Photo by Ian Gavan

Smith has suffered quite a few health crises throughout her life. According to Mirror, the veteran star was previously rushed to the private Wellington Hospital in London after she complained of severe chest pains. A source close to the actress said: "It was a big scare for Maggie and she was really worried because she was in a lot of pain. It was extremely distressing for her but she did the right thing and made sure she got to the hospital as soon as possible."