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Happy Birthday Maggie Smith!

2.01.2015 Posted in Lifestyle No Comments

My favourite actress, Maggie Smith, has just turned 80. I know it is not a red subject. Maggie Smith did not have many “red” roles. So it should not be a part of this blog. But she is a great actress. She is also my most favourite personality in Downton Abbey and she is often dressed in red (which is really an excuse to congratulate her on her birthday in my blog!). Happy Birthday! And here are some of the unforgettable Countess Violet Grantham Quotes* Maggie Smith as Countess Violet is the undisputed highlight of each episode of Downton Abbey. Her favourite objects of scorn include unsuitable husbands, Americans, and of course, Isobel Crawley. Read on for some of the loveable snob’s most scathing zingers… “What is a weekend?” “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?” “Things are different in America, they live in Wig Wams.” “I was right about my maid. She’s leaving – to get married! How could she be so selfish?” “First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I’m living in an H.G. Wells novel.” “Hepworth men don’t go in for loneliness much. I knew his father in the late 60s. Mais ou sont les neiges d’antan?” (Where are the snows of yesteryear?) “Why does everyday involve a fight with an American?” “Alas, I am beyond impropriety.” “I will applaud your discretion when you leave.” “I knew this family was approaching disillusion, I wasn’t aware that illusion was already upon us.” “Everyone goes down the […]