Maria Aitken

Inside Biography

Maria Penelope Katharine Aitken was born on 12 September 1945 in Dublin to Sir William Aitken who is a Conservative MP, and to her mother Penelope Aitken, whose father was John Maffey who was the 1st Baron Rugby. Maria’s grandfather was the UK Representative to Ireland from the year 1939 to 1949. Aitken has a strong family background with her being the great-niece of newspaper magnate and war-time minister Lord Beaverbrook.

Maria went on to attend Sherborne School for Girls based in Dorset. She then joined St Anne's College, Oxford, where she went on to graduate with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has directed several plays in the West End and on Broadway. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Yale, NYU and Juilliard drama schools. Maria has played lead roles at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End. She has appeared in many movies like Doctor Faustus, Mary, Queen of Scots, Half Moon Street, A Fish Called Wanda, The Fool, The Grotesque, Fierce Creatures, Jinnah and Asylum. As an author she has written A Girdle Round The Earth. She also went on to write Style: Acting in High Comedy. As a director, Maria has worked with Frank Langella in Man and Boy on Broadway. As a producer, the 39 years that she produced ran for around nine years in London. For her exceptional talents in acting, Maria is noted as one of the most respected actress, writer and Director both in theatre and off-theatre.

Maria met her first husband, Richard Durden in 1960’s. The couple got married in 1968. However, after things did not go well, they divorced in 1971. A year after her divorce Maris went on to remarry. So people a s sumed that their relationship ended due to an affair. She then married spouse Nigel Davenport. The couple together has a son named Jack. They then divorced in 1981. She went on to marry the novelist Patrick McGrath in 1991. They have been living together in New York and London since then.

Maria is currently 70 years old and stands at the height of 5 feet 7 inches. Her net worth is estimated to be a total of $ 3 million dollars. Maria is a patron of the British Thyroid Foundation since 1992.She was also appointed a Trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation in 2012. Maria’s production of The 39 Steps played three years on Broadway and won Olivier and Tony Awards. She has also been awarded a BAFTA award for her performance in A Fish Called Wanda. Maria till date is adored for her exceptional writing and acting talents. More information about the lovely and talented actress, writer and director, Maria Aitken can be found in social media sites like Wiki and IMDb.

by Bchrome, 08 Dec, 2015

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