Moviegoers in the recent years might recall actress Emma Thompson as Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter movies, but it was for her portrayal Margaret in Howards End (1992) that she earned an Oscar for Best Actress. This star is known for her wit and sophistication. Not only does she attack her movie roles with a certain fearlessness that has made her a valuable asset to the industry, but she also has a way with words. In fact, she got an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (Sense and Sensibility, 1995).

As she turns 53 today, FN lists 15 nuggets of wisdom from this formidable lady. Scroll through the gallery below to see what they are!

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