Maggie Smith's Spouse, Beverly Cross - Echoes Of A Lost Mate: 'I Still Miss Him So Much'
Dame Maggie Smith, an iconic figure in the world of entertainment, has enchanted audiences for over six decades with her remarkable talent. Beyond the glitz and glamour of her illustrious career, Smith's personal life has been marked by love, tragedy, and the enduring pursuit of her passion for acting.
Born in 1934 and raised in Oxford, Smith's early desire to pursue acting met resistance from her parents. Despite the challenges, Maggie Smith found solace in the guidance of her teacher, Dorothy Bartholomew, who encouraged her to attend a local drama school. It was here, at the Oxford Playhouse, that she first encountered Beverley Cross, a playwright who would later become a significant figure in her life.
"And after that it was just hopeless. We had two little boys. He didn't understand. I sure as hell didn't understand. It got worse and then it went on getting worse and worse. In the end it was destroying everybody. And he was having so many affairs."
Despite the tumultuous nature of their relationship, Smith remained devoted. The breaking point came in 1973 when she decided to leave the marriage for the sake of her sons. Even in the face of adversity, she acknowledged Stephens as the reason for her two wonderful sons. Stephens passed away in 1995 from alcohol-related disease, leaving a complex legacy in Smith's life.
After the dissolution of her first marriage, Beverley Cross re-entered Smith's life, and by 1975, the two were married. Cross, a supportive and "lovely man," played a crucial role in helping Smith raise her sons. For 23 years, they built a life together, with Cross becoming an honorary father to Toby and Chris. Tragically, Cross passed away in 1998 due to heart disease, leaving Smith to face the challenges of loneliness once more.
"I still miss him so much it’s ridiculous. People say it gets better, but it doesn’t. It just gets different, that’s all. Even in my dreams I keep saying to him, 'You are dead. You can't be here.'"
"Absolutely not. I don’t think I would find anyone who could come anywhere near Bev."