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‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: Season 6, Episode 6

When Violet, the Dowager Countess is publicly humiliated on this week's episode of "Downton Abbey," we all benefit from Maggie Smith's impeccable comic timing.

Maggie Smith Rules in The Lady in the Van

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

If you’ve heard anything about The Lady in the Van, you won’t be surprised to hear that I think Maggie Smith is fucking fantastic. In this “mostly true story” written by celebrated playwright Alan Bennett, Smith portrays Miss Shepherd, a homeless woman who parked her van in Bennett’s driveway for 15 years. Show More Summary

Life Sucked in Edwardian England. So Why Do We Love Period Pieces?

downton abbey Sarah Mirk On Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith plays the Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.  British turn-of-the-century drama Downton Abbey is coming to a close this year, airing the final episode of its sixth season this March. Show More Summary

Video: The Dowager Countess vs. Big Government

On last night's episode of Downton Abbey, the Crawley family matriarch -- played splendidly and hilariously by Maggie Smith -- is confronted...

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1. "The Shaming of Robert De Niro": Essential commentary from BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen. “Imagine telling Diane Keaton she should stop acting. Or Helen Mirren, or Maggie Smith, or Ellen Burstyn, or Blythe Danner, or Jane Fonda,Show More Summary

Dame Maggie Smith’s Interview With LA Times

Yesterday, LA Times published an interview with Dame Maggie Smith about the earliest roles in her acting career, and found that her experience of typecasting was very different to what they would have expected! Instead of appearing in a “Shakespearean tragedy, a George Bernard Shaw satire or a sophisticated Noel Coward comedy”, typical of early British actors,...read more!

Maggie Smith looks back at early typecasting. It isn't what you think

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

It's been 60 years since Maggie Smith made her Broadway debut. But despite her current standing as one of the grande dames of British acting, she didn't appear in a Shakespearean tragedy, a George Bernard Shaw satire or a sophisticated Noel Coward comedy. Instead, the then-21-year-old Smith was...

Maggie Smith in 'The Lady in the Van': An Interview with Alan Bennett, Nicholas Hytner, and Alex Jennings

With Downton Abbey back in its final season, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham is back too, in all her vinegar wit and finery. She's also back in the movie of Alan Bennett's stage play, The Lady in the Van, by contrast, an eccentric living in modest accommodations, downsized to her vehicle. Show More Summary

'Downton' poker nights with Maggie Smith?!?

Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson, shares what he'll miss the most.        

Eddie Redmayne, Dame Maggie Smith and Julie Walters nominated for Bafta Film Awards

After winning both Best Actor Oscar and Bafta in 2015 for A Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne is nominated again in 2016 for A Danish Girl, putting him in the position of potentially receiving a Bafta double. He is up against Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs). Show More Summary

The Lady in the Van

Maggie Smith can do anything — even save this rickety vehicle from a case of the terminal cutes. Now ending her memorable run as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, Smith has picked herself another juicy acting plum. She's playing Mary Shepherd, a decidedly unsanitary and unlovable vagrant who parked...

Tolerability Index: This week we’re barely putting up with Long Island Medium

A guide to what we’re barely putting up with this week. The final season of Downton Abbey, finally. Maggie Smith only has so much turn-of-the-century side-eye left to give. Pringles’ revolting Hot Diggity Dog flavor. Turns out once you pop, you can stop if the chips inside the can smell like old hot dog water. Show More Summary

‘Downton Abbey’ Final Season, Episode 1 Recap: Off They Go

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Dear Abbots, welcome back! Are you ready for a season of bloodless murders and chaste marriage proposals? And the dagger-mouth of Maggie Smith?

‘Downton Abbey’ Ended, And Maggie Smith Never Even Watched It!

Downton Abbey went out in style as the series had its final show on Christmas Day and they said goodbye on their Twitter page. Thank you for joining our journey. #Downton would not be what it is without you, our wonderful fans. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/rzRNhxA2KK — Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) December 25, 2015 For fans that... Show More Summary

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Dame Maggie Smith Admits She ‘Can’t Remember’ The Series Finale

Even though the last season of Downton Abbey is getting ready to kick off soon, there is one cast member of the hit period drama that has yet to watch a single episode. Surprisingly, Maggie Smith, who portrays the Dowager Countess in the BBC series, still has not seen the show despite its end drawing... Show More Summary

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"Downton Abbey": In the Jan. 1 Calendar section, an article about the upcoming season of "Downton Abbey" referred to Maggie Smith's character as the dowager duchess. She is the dowager countess.

Book Review: "Maggie Smith: A Biography" by Michael Coveney

When theater critic Michael Coveney asked Maggie Smith if he could write her biography, she replied, “Ooh, how absolutely ghastly. How absolutely awful. I can’t think of anything worse.” But the reclusive Smith, one of our greatest living...Show More Summary

How Maggie Smith Faked Wearing Corsets On Downton Abbey

Ask any actress who?s appeared in a costume drama what the experience was like, and she?s likely to bemoan wearing that staple of yesteryear dressing, the corset. Well, Maggie Smith recently revealed that she came up with a pretty simple solution for the need to wear corsets under her Downton Abbey attire.Click To Continue Reading

Maggie Smith Will Watch Downton Abbey When She Gets to It, Okay?

Last year, Maggie Smith said she wouldn't watch Downton Abbey until the series wrapped, because she didn't want watching herself to affect her work on the show. Well, now that the final Christmas special has aired and the show is over, has she gotten down to watching the show? "No,"... More »

Dame Maggie Smith Still Hasn’t Seen ‘Downton Abbey’

Dame Maggie Smith is known for her acting as the Dowager Duchess on the critically acclaimed TV show ‘Downton Abbey’ (not to mention ‘Harry Potter’ for younger people). However, the actress hasn’t seen any of the episodes yet, despite the fact that they’ve finished filming their sixth- and final- season. RELATED: Check out this trailer […]

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