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Dame Maggie Smith and Kathleen Turner : Stories and maybe some Shade

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Over 20 years ago (and pre Downton) Dame Maggie Smith was starring in Alan Bennett’s play The Lady in The Van in the Queens Theatre in London’s West End.  She was nominated for a Best Actress Award at the Oliviers and then later she would reprise the role in the film adaptation. Meanwhile at the … Continue reading





Has the Dowager Countess of Grantham finally met her match?

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  It would take either a fool, or a very clever woman, to be foolhardy enough to take on the Dowager Countess of Grantham who has the sharpest tongue and quickest wit in Downtown Abbey.  With the movie about to hit movie theaters, Focus Features have released this teaser clip where  newcomer Lady Maud Bagshaw  … Continue reading



Maggie Smith never does anything ‘merely’.

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Back in 1987  the celebrated British playwright  Peter Shaffer followed up the enormous success of his Tony Award-winning play Equus with a new play called Lettice and Lovage that he wrote especially for Maggie Smith (in her pre Dame days).  It centered around a flamboyant tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind an English country house and who … Continue reading



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