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Dowager Countess

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We started this week in Galveston with the Coast Guard and our friends at Galveston County monitoring the oil spill, then it was on to choir practice, school lunches, horse judging, walks on the beach, karate drills, bug stories, baby hugs, payroll, praise team, tennis tournaments, an actual gala event, giggling with my Marcie, balloon twisting, face painting and a speech for Grandmaster Norris. What a delightfully busy week. In the words of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, "What is a week end?"
Lucy Fortunato Smith ~ Calico Cat May 18, 1996 to March 29, 2014 Lucy, our 17 year old cat passed away today. She lived with us for 12 of those years, after we rescued the beautiful multi-colored Calico from the San Francisco ASPCA. She enjoyed all-day naps and middle of the night yowl fests. She loved sitting on laps and a nice scratch under the chin. But don’t even think of touching her feet or rubbing her stomach, or a kiss with sharp teeth was forth coming. If Lucy was a character on Downton Abbey, she would have been Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess of Grantham, elegant but with a bit of a bite. Lucy was a committed bachelorette during the 12 years she lived with us, however the Vet believes the stretch marks on her stomach hint at a more “wild” youth. MaryAnn and I adopted Lucy during our second year of marriage. We got her thinking if we could keep a cat alive; we were probably ready to start a family. Well two kids and two additional cats later, we realize our family didn’t start with . ...
Are you down with Downton Abbey? Then take the Downton Abbey Tour! See the Highclere Castle and the village of Bampton. Stay at the suave Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, and feel like the Dowager Countess yourself. BONUS: Receive an English breakfast daily!
Could you pass along a message to Julian Fellowes? Get rid of Miss Bunting. Let Dowager Countess find a match for Tom.
Dear Julian Fellowes, why not have the Dowager Countess find a good match for Tom Branson. NOT Miss Bunting!
I finally got through ALL of Downton Abbey Season 4! Tom Branson has become one of my favorite characters, and...dancing with the Dowager Countess! That just made my day! I'm also having second thoughts about who killed Bates' first wife. I REALLY don't like Barrows, and I thought he had SOME good qualities, but no.nothing...And the Lord Grantham seems to have caught some common sense somewhere...
Maggie Smith won the best actress award in 1970 for her role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". As I watched this movie today, it was disconcerting to hear the voice of the Dowager Countess coming out of the mouth of a hot babe, Jean Brodie. Maggie Smith is amazing!
"Rosamund has no interest in French. If she wishes to be understood by a foreigner, she shouts." - Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham's devilish one-liners
But McGonnigall will always be Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. I mean Maggie Smith.
Lord Grantham: Will you all stay for dinner? How about you, Mama? Dowager Countess: Oh yes. All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite! (Upon Matthew walking again)
Before she was the Dowager Countess, Maggie Smith won an Oscar, for the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
"Oh no, I don't think so. I'm too tired for an evening of second hand emotion." - Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
"I feel as though I have fallen through the looking glass." - Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham
"I have plenty of friends I don't like" and more of the Dowager Countess's best Downton Abbey zingers:
. Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham sums up the Downton Abbey runway look
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham Maggie Smith... Is amazing... Every line she has makes me laugh out loud!
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It’s the weekend before Stitches and I’m busy packing up kits for the Kira K Designs booth (One of my favorite kits to put together is my Belle Epoque Shawl using Canon Hand Dyes yarn with colors inspired by the characters of Downtown Abbey. Here is the full collection. The top row is the ladies, from left to right: Lavinia Swire, Lady Sybil, Lady Edith, Lady Mary, Dowager Countess, and Isobel Crawley Bottom row is the gents: Mr. Carson, Matthew Crawley, Tom Branson, Sir Richard Carlisle, Mr. Bates, and Lord Grantham I put these together based on colors rather than characters, so some combinations, like Lady Mary & the Dowager Countess or Lord Grantham & Mr. Bates, make sense, while others like Tom Branson & Sir Richard Carlisle or Lady Sybil & Lavinia Swire, are a little funny. If anyone has suggestions on color combinations, let me know!
Life is a continuous strand of problems that you need to solve... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
"No doubt to lead you down the primrose path of dalliance!" ~Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Writing brilliant Downton Abbey spin-offs with Corinna, Amanda & Desiree: - Downton Baby: Edith's Swiss orphan joins Sybbie & George for adorable hijinks - Downton GIRLS - Downton Golden Girls: Isabel & the Dowager Countess, all the time (feat. Shirley MacLaine! ) - Daisy's Farm: Daisy & her father-in-law find humor & wisdom in farm life - The D-Team: Bates, Rose & Lord G pull off heists for the monarchy
I just love Downton Abbey. Especially Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham! Her character is perfect!
" 'It's only me' I always feel that greeting betrays such a lack of self worth" -Maggie Smith Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Downton Abby. Love this. I have said that before but never thought of it that way.
"The truth is neither here nor there. It's the look of the thing that matters" - Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
"Can't you even offer help without sounding like a trumpeter on the peak of the moral high ground?" -- Dowager Countess of Grantham. Maggie Smith gets the best lines in Downton Abbey and delivers them flawlessly :)
Ok world, are you ready for this? I took the Downton Abbey quiz and I am the Dowager Countess, you know, the old lady Maggie Smith plays. I'm so happy! She's my favorite character.
oh, what an honor! I got Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham! Which "Downton Abbey" Character Are You?
Dowager Countess for me, though I'm not quite as old as Maggie Smith!
Hm Corey and Jennifer Tutor - odd that you both got Maggie Smith on two different quizzes... Corey get the Dowager Countess from Downton, Jen gets Professor McGonagall. Strange...
I'd love to see Dame Judy Dench do a cameo as another Dowager Countess, from a rival family of the Crawleys
There's a Maggie Smith film from the 70s on. It's very strange hearing the Dowager Countess's voice coming out of a younger woman.
Very quick sketch of Dame Maggie Smith, the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey:
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Best line I have ever heard on a television program. Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey upon hearing a jazz band for the first time. "Is that what it is? Do you think any of them know what the others are playing?"
What if Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey could do a crossover episode? That would be amazing... Dowager Countess versus Queen Cersei?
Maggie Smith plays Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham and, like George Vanderbilt, collector of netsuke. / Nick Briggs/Carnival Film / Special to the Citizen Written by Bruce C. Steele FILED UNDER News ZOOM Two of George Vanderbilt's netsuke: On the left, an image of a woodcutter, carved from ivory or stag horn by netsuke artist Mitsu. On the right, a male shishi or lion dog, thought to bring good luck, carved from ivory with inlaid horn. Both are 19th century. / Special to the Citizen-Times GEORGE VANDERBILT’S BIRTHDAY MENU Although the Vanderbilts left no record of inviting a jazz combo to play at the birthday party for the master of the house, Biltmore’s Menu Book does document the menu for George Vanderbilt’s 42nd birthday celebration on Nov. 11, 1904 — a Friday three days before his actual birthday. The list of courses is preceded by the notation “Menu for 27 persons.” The dinner is by far the most elaborate documented in the Menu Book, with 10 courses. Spelling and punctuation are as r ...
Love the Dowager Countess! Love the show! Hmm, between Amy Farrah Fowler and Countess Violet, I am beginning to think I may need a tiara!
I'll phone Downton Abbey & ask them to put the kettle on. Beware the Dowager Countess & her walking stick!
Watching Dowton Abbey & NFC Champ game at same time. I think Marshawn Lynch just ran over the Dowager Countess.
Congratulations to Maggie Smith, who won the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series! Make sure to come down to a/perture tonight and see her in her brilliant role as the Dowager Countess- Downton Abbey starts at 9:00, and admission is free!
I must say thank you to Pam Guthrie Gordon for my addiction to Downton Abbey. I personally would like to be Maggie Smith, Lady Grantham,Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. .such fire, such a forked tongue, and such a delight. Thank you Pam. Miss you.
YES @ The Dowager Countess trying to help Niall from 1D through difficult small talk.
I'd watch a web series featuring the Dowager Countess and Isobel riding around in a car, being sassy. Just sayin'
"There can be too much truth in any relationship." Ah, how I love Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey
This dude has watched all of Downton. I think your sarcasm aligns well with the Dowager Countess.
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Ha ha -- I got Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham! thanks for this,
I imagine most of my reactions to thing can be summed up nicely with screenshots of the Dowager Countess
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The Dowager Countess of Grantham regarding the telephone - 'is this an instrument of communication or torture?'
Because you need a Dowager Countess minifig in your life:
Dowager Countess: I can still taste that last Jäger bomb .
nope, i snuck in a Dowager Countess reference!
Jen says, "Dowager Countess, may I have my butler refill your tea?"
What kind of would the Dowager Countess like? We explore & today
My thoughts on Cam Fowler's performance tonight, as summed up by the Dowager Countess
I used to watch for lady Sybil. Now I just watch bc I have nothing better to do. And for the dowager countess.
The Dowager Countess is maybe the only reason I'm still watching Downton Abbey. Lord Grantham is pretty much intolerable at this point.
When I grow up, I wanna be the Dowager Countess.
If Mrs. Crowley and the Dowager Countess don’t get in a full-on fist fight I’m going to be disappointed. Yeah, I started Downton Abbey.
I aspire to be the dowager countess.
DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM Oh my dears. Is it really true? I can't believe it. Last night he looked so (cont)
"The Countess of Dowager makes an opera joke that I understood," said no one ever.
I would watch a spinoff with between the Dowager Countess & Isobrel
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“Lucille Bluthe is the dowager countess of Downton of the 21st century.” Bradley, on old ladies …
I made something to immortalize my favorite words of wisdom and disdain from the Dowager Countess.
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What would the Dowager Countess read? Book Recommendations for Downton Abbey characters from
Yes, even the Dowager Countess has her own Lego minifig now. via
The Dowager Countess' disdain for America and Americans is hilarity.
Two of my favorite things: & social media. Lessons from the Dowager Countess via
Even when you feel like an Edith, act like a Dowager Countess
Feeling the love for the Dowager Countess
"Don't use me as an excuse. If you don't want to dance, then tell him." - Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess
I doubt the dowager countess would be impressed...
Working on theory that Adam Sackler is the Dowager Countess of he lives off other people’s $, is cranky then SUDDENLY WISE.
Downton Abbey Purse Kits are here! Be in fashion like the Dowager Countess with one of these totes.
'The kind of woman we secretly long to be.' reflects on 's crusty dowager countess:
The character I've grown to love has to be Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Love her one-liners. ;D
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Oh I love The Dowager Countess and Isobel Crawley's banter. This latest one in the carriage is the most epic so far :))
Our very own Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham has no qualms about doing just that!!
[P] Madame Morrible. She played it very "Dowager Countess." She was great.
Laughing to myself, reading Dowager Countess Grantham quotes.
"What a relief. I thought we might have been in for some dreadful German lieder. You can always rely on Puccini." - th…
Last week’s season opener was good, but Earl of Grantham was an *** Happy to see Dowager Countess again. Did you watch?
"Oh if I were to look for logic, I should not look for it among the English upper class" oh dowager countess you slay me every time!
The Dowager Countess of Grantham is my patronus.
In the manner of the Dowager Countess: When discussing Downton with other viewers, I'm often amused at those who claim to have been "born of the wrong age"...as though the magic of time travel would also transform their present day status equivalent of chambermaid or footman to that of a Grantham...
Tonight Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Grantham had a great line. I may be the only person to find it funny. Tonight's episode featured a large house party where a renowned singer provided after dinner entertainment. The singer introduced her next number as "O mio Babbino Caro" by Puccini from the opera Gianni Schicchi. At this point she leaned over to Lady Crowley and said : Oh good, you can always count on Puccini, at least she is not singing any of that dreadful German Lieder. ( Herr Hiss I am sure you would laugh out loud at this ! )
That Dowager Countess is so saucy. Wish I had her writer.
The entire cast is stellar but it is Dame Maggie Smith in her incarnation as the Dowager Countess of Grantham who reigns supreme.
"Vulgarity is no substitute for wit."-The Dowager Countess
Dowager Countess Violet, you make me smile.
Dowager Countess of Gratham is my homegirl:)
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Denise Hale has much in common with the Dowager Countess, no?
You too can feel like the Dowager Countess of Grantham with The Alpine Club.
Dowager Countess of Grantham: "Challenge accepted". And what is happening, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes!
I don't know who I like best; the dowager countess for being such a frightful snob or Mr Carson for being so stuffy and old fashioned! 󾌸
The best one-liners by Downton Abbey's Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith
Sherlock will be making an appearance in the new series of where he will be liked romantically with the dowager countess.
"Just because one is an old widow, is no cause to eat off a tray." - The Dowager Countess
gotta say, the Dowager Countess was on top form in this S4 premiere of Downton Abbey. funny that she's the most progressive of the bunch
I friggin love the dowager countess
MOTS. The dowager countess still has the best lines. Few shows can avoid being a soap opera after the 2nd season. We'll watch it.
such a great premiere. "You must choose either death, or life" - Dowager Countess
"I wonder your halo doesn't grow heavy. It must be like wearing a tiara 'round the clock." -The Dowager Countess
Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham aka my spirit animal
Dowager Countess: Oh that is an easy caveat to accept because I'm never wrong. . THE DOWAGER COUNTESS IS DA BEST CHARACTER IN Downton Abbey.
But if something happens to the dowager countess, I will desist on watching... For a very long time
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Caught up on Downton Abby. If The Dowager Countess is reading, how do you feel about the show? Do you sip sherry w Maggie Smith?
It's hilarious that the dowager countess has a butler who's just as sneaky and conniving as his employer.
Oh come on, I would have had you down as a Dowager Countess man - or at last a Lady Mary one?
Oh how I have missed the Dowager Countess. She's so refreshing.
"it is still colder than a death glare from the Dowager Countess." --the perfect description from
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I need a stern talking to from the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
I did the Downton Abbey character quiz. Got Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. So I win.
she signed the letter ALLL YOURS BABOOSHKA BABOOSHKA BABOOSHKA YA YAAA! ...just came on iTunes. Miss you Dowager Countess
We have no dowager countess in our condo development
I was meaning to thank you - your Dowager Countess info was genuinely invaluable. HUGE thanks x
Our General Manager, Tom Travers & Director of Sales & Marketing, Geraldine Traino, accepting the coveted Holidays' 2013 Gold Award for Best City-Break Hotel in the USA. Lord Gratham of Beacon (Tom) & Dowager Countess of Beacon (Gerry) accepted the award at the Battersea Park, London during the Virgin Holiday's Downton Abbey Themed party.
The most delightful result so far from 2014: my answer = the Dowager Countess of Grantham. via
Mr. Mosley stumbles upon The Dowager Countess being serviced by Branson. "Come Molesly, make yourself useful". He does.
Can't tell if the Dowager Countess' cane is filled with scotch, brandy or powdered servants' bones.
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I'm thinking of taking a new nickname, "Dowager Countess." Carlos Danger has run it's course.
When I'm old I want to be either just like the Dowager Countess or Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote.
. Where have you been. ? The Dowager Countess will not be amused. ! Seriously, I adore Downton. ENJOY. !
I am the Dowager Countess of Grantham,I do "fukin control" you.
It's Tea Time with Downton Abbey!! . We are giving away our Dowager Countess Tea Cozy Fabric Kit and Pattern...
I did choose the purple color for that, which points toward the Dowager Countess...
I got the Dowager Countess and chose the fox, so I think it's more than just the animal.
Neither wanted to sit next to the Dowager Countess.
Dowager Countess. Ha! I've got the geezer thing down. You?
When the Dowager Countess cried we all cry
I completely agree, but we must have standards. Said on her best Countess Dowager voice.
The Dowager Countess is still as comical as ever.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "I'm a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose." Still the best quote.
The Dowager Countess to Mrs. Crawley..."It's the job of grandmothers to interfere". Isn't she the best?
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And e tg n dew have problems! The Dowager Countess when a housemaid pours one's tea into an unheated cup. AM Jan 7th
the dowager countess of grantham is the reason I watch downton!
“Of course Dowager Countess also said "There can be too much truth in a relationship."”
"There's more than one type of good mother." -Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey last night. Lots of freedom in those words…
I'm glad that your other granny is pleased. She can hold her own with the Dowager Countess. Loved peacock...
I got Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. AKA Maggie Smith. I have achieved all that I ever want to, thanks
“It always happens when you give these little people power, it goes to their heads like strong drink.” - Dowager Countess of Grantham.
“First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I’m living in an H.G. Wells novel.” ~ Dowager Countess
My new favorite quote from the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey: " It's the job of grandmothers to interfere!"
"It's the job of grandmothers to interfere" - Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Finally watched premiere, and the Dowager Countess did not disappoint! How did you like it?
Watching conversations between Isobel Crawley and the Dowager Countess is like seeing my mom argue with her clone.
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Libby and Kaitlyn, see? The Dowager Countess demands, I follow.
The sweeping Downton Abbey saga continues with a fourth season of drama, romance, and family intrigue. Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham, matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic Lord Crawley; Elizabeth McGovern is his American w...
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The best moments from Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith... it's "Sh!t The Dowager Countess Says"! Tune in to Downton Abbey Sunday nights on PBS. ** I'm actually n...
Mrs. Crawley: You take everything as a compliment. The Dowager Countess: And I advise you to do the same. It saves many an awkward moment. I would like to be a combination of these two ladies, each powerful in her own way.
"It is the job of grandmothers to interfere." - The Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey
Lady Crawley: Oh how you hate to be wrong! Dowager Countess: I wouldn't know. I've never known the sensation.
'Don't be defeatist, dear, it's so middle class'. Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey.
Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess can always be counted on for many quotable pithy remarks on Downton Abbey. Check out our favorites from the season 3 […]
What was your favorite Dowager Countess quote from Downton last night? I'd have to pick, "I thought I could call him Branson again now that he's the agent."
The Dowager Countess: bringing the zingers to Downton since 1912.
Dowager Countess Violet Crawley: re David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister: "Do you know, I wonder if he really is German, just pretending to be Welsh"
"There is such a thing as too much truth in any relationship." - the Dowager Countess.
Downton Abbey.my favorite quote so far of Dowager Countess of Grantham. "It's a grandmother's job to interfere". So watch out grandsons of mine. Lol
The Dowager Countess and I have something in common: we both must manually roll up our car windows after a conversation.
It's official! The Dowager Countess of Grantham says it's a grandmothers job to interfere.
4 social media lessons for community managers and digital marketers from the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey on how to remain poised in the wake of change.
I am thinking about the advice of the "Dowager Countess" on Downton Abbey. "IT IS THE JOB OF GRANDMOTHERS TO INTERFERE".
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I'm bummed that I've already seen this season of Downton Abbey, so I'm going to spoil it all for those that have yet to see it: Upstairs: Robert, The Earl of Grantham, frets over the future of Downton Abbey. Violet, The Dowager Countess of Grantham, bickers with Isobel Crawley who defiantly bickers right back. Lady Mary is pursued by suitors. Lady Mary is cold and pensive, and says things like "I know you must think that, but if you think that, let me tell you that you are wrong. However, I must admit, I once thought as you did. And so did we all, I suppose. It seems we must all change our ways of thinking these days. At times I don't want anything to change. Is that wrong?" etc. Lady Edith, ever craving attention is, as ever, given little of it. Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Tom, Irish, continue to be very boring. Downstairs: Mr. Carson, butler, "harumphs" a lot. Mrs. Hughes, housekeeper, learns the occasional secret which she reluctantly but inevitably reveals in order to help people. Mr. Bates, valet ...
Where would we be without Dowager Countess Violet Crawley? Violet is a greater etiquette master than Emily Post and doles out tougher love than Judge Mathis. Downton Abbey would absolutely fall apart without her. Of course, Violet wouldn't exist without the great Dame Maggie Smith, who turns 79 ...
To Mandy Kemper Cottrell, a quote from Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess from last night "it's the job of grandmothers to interfere". :)
best line of Downton Abbey Season 4: Dowager Countess of Grantham: "Oh must we go to the theatre? I'm really not in the mood for 2 hours of recycled emotions"
Was just told my spirit animal is the Dowager Countess.
Last night was full of surprises. The Dowager Countess ... at her very best. Outstanding season premiere.
Last night on Downton, the Dowager Countess opined, "Just because you're an old widow, that doesn't mean you need to eat off a tray." I tell you, that woman can cut to the bone. And I take it as a personal affront.
I LOVE how I can go from being Anna to the Dowager Countess in four hours flat! Steamed floors, polished counters, last load of laundry AND vacuumed vents. Now where's my cane?
"It's the job of Grandmothers to interfere" Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey
More wisdom from the Dowager Countess of Grantham: "It is a grandmother's job to interfere." Indeed! Hear hear! (Are you getting this Leah Rhodes and Andrew Lee?)
Sesame Street has transformed Downton Abbey's Violet Crawley and Charles Carson into Muppet versions of the Dowager Countess of Grantham and her butler.
Best quote from Dowager countess to Mrs. Crawley last night on Downton Abbey - "You are supposed to interfere, you are a grandmother"!!
Still thinking about all of the fabulous one-liners from the Dowager Countess last night. I'll not spoil the plot for those who haven't watched, BUT you need to know that it was brilliant! :) Happy Monday!
My favorite lines from "Downton Abbey" last night: The Dowager Countess to Edith: "We are 'selling' Moseley to Lady Shackleton." Countess Cora: "You mean as a servant?" The Dowager: "No. As a Chinese laundryman."
And the Dowager Countess knows the phrase "I love you"!!
On "Downton Abbey" I was relieved to see the Dowager Countess save the family estate by inventing a new type of duck call.
Whether it is the Dowager Countess or Professor McGonagall, I just adore Maggie Smith! She is a blast to watch.
I heart the Dowager Countess. Almost done with season two.
I've decided that what my life lacks is a Dowager Countess! Maggie Smith rules!
"It's the Grandmother's job to interfere." I love Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
"It is the job of the Grandmother to interfere" Dowager Countess, Downton Abby
O'Brien's gone, R.I.P. Matthew, Thomas is still a jerk and The Dowager Countess Violet is as wonderful as ever. Who will help me design new D.A. Drinking Game Cards? Rosie?
After watching the Bengals game and the new season of Downton Abbey, I'm pretty sure IF Dame Maggie Smith aka Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham were the commentator of the Bengals game today, she would have said "that Andrew Dalton is a mixed metaphor that wants to be a simile but ends up one big confusing cliché"
The Dowager Countess politely thanks you for the attention but finds it unseemly that so much public scrutiny be paid to the troubles of the Downton Estate.
Oh, how I do enjoy the Dowager Countess!
For my Downton Abbey friends: Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess, is as wise and witty as ever. Here are some of her best lines from season three: "Vulgarity is no substitute is no for wit." "No one can accuse me of being modern, but even I can see it’s no crime to be young." "People like us are never unhappily married." "We don't always get our just desserts." "I am a woman of many parts." "Forgive? Perhaps. Forget? Never." "An aristocrat with no servants is as much use to the county as a glass hammer."
I do find that after prolonged exposure to the Dowager Countess I begin to speak in British sarcasm to a greater extent than is necessary in polite company.
Oh Dowager Countess how I've missed you! Ah Downton Abbey it's good to have you back.
"It's the job of grandmothers to interfere". Dowager countess of Grantham
I have sincerely missed the Dowager Countess. I hope, someday, I'm just as much of a kick *** granny :D
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Downton Abbey quote of the night: The Dowager Countess, "It is a Grandmother's job to interfere. "
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham is the widow of the late Earl of Grantham, mother...
Mrs. Hughes, The Dowager Countess, Mary, Carson...I can't decide who my favorite character is. Tonight's Downton Abbey Season Opener was wonderful!
The Dowager Countess just cracks my s**t up.
The Dowager Countess never disappoints the fans of Downton!
I want to have tea with Maggie Smith (as the Dowager Countess of course!). Her sense of humor remiss me of my Ruby Lee... Maybe that's why I like her so much!
Violet, The Dowager Countess of Grantham continues to be one of my favorite characters in Downton Abbey
Ahhh, Mr. Bates, Dowager Countess, Lady Mary, so glad to see you again!
The Dowager Countess does it again! "...makes me think I should call Nanny and send you to bed with no supper"
The Dowager Countess of Grantham is so awesome. Best character on the most awesome show!
"When you talk like that, I'm tempted to ring for nanny..." Dame Maggie Smith, as the Dowager Countess, to her son Lord Grantham...hehehe
Best line from the Dowager Countess: "I should ring for Nanny and have you sent to bed without supper."
The Dowager Countess for the win. Every single time.
I love Downton, so far Carson & the Dowager Countess have made me weep.
Lady Mary still has the best poses and the Dowager Countess the best lines...but who let Lady Edith have a handsome man?
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Never change dowager countess, never change.
I hope this won't be considered a spoiler, but the Dowager Countess is sporting some very sassy hats.
But I do love Dame Maggie Smith. The Dowager Countess is one sassy lady
The dowager countess just gave Mary the same speech that Tim Robbins gave Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption.
So much LOVE for the Dowager Countess in this ep!
"No. As a Chinese laundryman." Oh, Dear Dowager Countess, how I have missed your sharp wit.
But the Dowager Countess still is fabulous!
The Dowager Countess just said I love you!
Dowager Countess: "The difference is, I love you." The first Englishwoman ever to say that in the 1920s. Correction: the first time the words were ever uttered to another living, breathing human being. Affection toward dogs and horses are a given and therefore don't count.
I swear the Dowager Countess of Grantham is my spirit animal.
Dowager Countess: "It's the job of grandmothers to interfere." Lol!
See it is gospel the dowager countess on DA said it is a grandmother's duty to interfere!!!
"Just because you're an old widow, I don't see the necessity to eat off a tray." Dowager Countess to Isobel Crawley
"It's the jobs of Grandmothers to interfere"...Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Just so you know! Lol
I'm convinced that Maggie Smith doesn't even act anymore. She is the Dowager Countess.
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The Dowager Countess continues to being me JOY! LOL!
You are Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. You’re the imperious, aristocratic head of your family who (almost) always gets her way, and you don’t suffer fools gladly. Though you’re often bossy and arrogant, you’re surprisingly adaptable and exceptionally loyal to the people you love. By the way,…
Downton! Woot woot! Bring on the Dowager Countess! Should we take bets how long into the ep before Edith gets screwed over somehow?
My spirit animal, the Dowager Countess of Granthem, is back on TV.
Settled in for Downton Abbey. I'm in a Dowager Countess state of mind.
It's almost time for the Dowager Countess!!! So excited!!
Cup of tea, anticipation of some Dowager Countess snark...my day is good.
Keep calm and fill your hot water bottles!- Dowager Countess Grantham
Not including a certain dowager countess... Lady Mary Crawley is my favourite.
I am so excited, looking forward to see the Dowager Countess, Dowager Duchess and the rest of the gang tonight!
I love DA...especially the Dowager Countess and her killer one-liners. Enjoy! Check out part 2:
Who else is excited about the return of Downton Abbey on PBS tonight?! Love the Dowager Countess!…
Mrs. Hughes, you're incredible and please give me advice on a regular basis. Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) please continue being fierce!
returns! Our favorite times the Dowager Countess was sassy as ***
Was it the Dowager Countess in the library with the rat poison? Or was it Tom Branson in the Great Hall with the bar of soap? Mystery is afoot with this Downton Abbey edition of Clue: vult.re/1f0LJgE.
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3 days until the return of the Dowager Countess!!! Eek!!!
Our Downton Abbey club starts January 6! Are you ready? Test your Downton Abbey knowledge with some trivia questions! 1. The series was created by, and jointly written by, which aristocratic actor who also appeared in 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies"? 2. Episode one of "Downton Abbey" opens with the news of what famous historical event? 3. What is the name of Lord Grantham's eldest daughter? 4. The role of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey is played by which acting Dame of the British empire? 5. In the third episode of the first series of "Downton Abbey" the eldest daughter is faced with a problem when a male visitor dies in her bed. The man is a diplomat from which country?
"Furpile: An event where all the members of the ‘pack’ gather together in a giant physical pile, to make someone feel better. ... Imagine the adorableness of a basket of kittens. Now imagine those kittens are alphas Mycroft Holmes, Nick Fury, Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Tywin Lannister." this is research for school i promise
"Don't be defeatist, it's so middle class." - Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey. Lol.
Got my Dowager Countess kit today. Yippee! -- now I can get started and hopefully catch up to everyone else before long. Thank you Ebony for the lovely package and the nice book you added in for me. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness!
High Tea and Cucumber Sandwiches, with the Dowager Countess of Rendell
Isobel: "What should we call each other?" The Dowager Countess: "Well, we could always start with Mrs. Crawley and Lady Grantham."
Downton Abbey = best TV show ever. The Dowager Countess is my idol.
I can't wait for more of the Dowager Countess!!
Thoughts of the day: Maggie Smith, or the Dowager Countess of Grantham rather, makes me smile with her witty one liners, I wish water tasted like coke sometimes, and I really don't know how I lived before espresso- was I only half awake for so many years? Hmm...
Me and Maggie Smith, Dowager Countess on PBS in Downton Abbey share a birthday!
Ladies, my afternoon tea today will be in celebration of the life and acting career of Maggie Smith. The Brit, born on December 28, 1934, is 79 years old and she has given us fabulous characters like Hook's Granny Wendy, Gunilla Garson Goldberg of The First Wives' Club, Mother Superior from Sister Act, and Professor Minerva McGonagall of the Harry Potter series. Still, my favorite of her most recent work has to be Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley. Her lines give me infinite joy and her delivery is like sitting beneath a tree in summer, shady. I love it.
Happy 79th birthday to our favorite Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey, actress Maggie Smith!
I wonder what would happen if the Dowager Countess and Lucille Bluth crossed paths...
Lady Edith Crawley: “Listen everyone. You have a journalist in the family…” Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: “Since we have a country solicitor, and a car mechanic, it’s only a matter of time…” Downton Abbey
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"Granny Grantham"? You will be respectful when speaking of the Dowager Countess, young lady. (I also allow Mother Superior)
Indeed she seems to be unfamiliar with that sensation! Isobel Crawley and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham are such a dear couple of friends, really. We love them!
My brother has written me all about this! How glorious! I do so agree with what Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham says! "*claps her hands with glee* Oh I just love them!! They are such children at heart. And Clara's reaction to the Chateau in France...Yes indeed! I suspected she'd go over the moon with that!" ;)
Before WWI nurses in the UK had no standard certification. Training was ad hoc and varied greatly. During the war many upperclass and middle class women volunteered to help the war effort as nurses and ambulance drivers. A great many were killed in action. When "The Great War" was over these women found it hard to simply go back to their knitting. They'd been through so many horrendous experiences. A number of these women banded together and started the club I now belong to. They needed a place to be with other women who had shared their experiences. Over the years, the club admitted other professional members and included men. One of the most enjoyable things about attending the Christmas Dinner at the club was meeting the truly formidable British women who still make up the membership-- Think Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Isobel Crawley, or Lady Mary Crawley. These women are professional women, not minor royalty, but they show that same indominable spirit the women in Downton Ab ...
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham is such a generous and dear woman. Please visit her page and show her some love?
The real reason "Matthew" left the series ;) 'Downton Abbey' Cast Stinks Because Of A No Wash Policy From HuffPost TV: Just when we thought "Downton Abbey" was the coolest show on TV -- Will and Kate are tuning in on the regular, after all -- Sophie McShera (Daisy) divulged a rather disgusting detail. Apparently, there's a "no wash" policy in place so the costumes can keep their historic look. “We do stink, as they don’t wash our costumes ... they have these weird patches, which are sewn into the armpits and which they wash separately,” McShera revealed to The Telegraph. We can't imagine the Dowager Countess approves of this.
Indeed! Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham, the one and only!
I like that title "Dowager Countess." Maggie Smith plays her role with sheer aplomb on Downton Abbey. Is anyone watching the recap and hints of upcoming Season 4 tonight on PBS?
Wanted to share these pics of some of the lovely ladies of DA. Notably missing are Lady Grantham and the Dowager Countess, but look how lovely Anna Looks here. And as a pianist, I have to say that I think Edith's little dress is super cute!
''Don't be defeatist dear, it's very middle class''- Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey
Hey, Dame Maggie Smith is nominated for best tv actress at the for her role as Dowager Countess at
I'm so excited!!! A letter from Lady Rose Macclare to her Great-Aunt Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham...it's so obvious! It's a subtle marriage proposal! And I just LOVE Lady Violet's dress! Lady Violet's letter to Lady Rose:
I think I just saw Dame Maggie Smith in the audience - is the Dowager Countess at this memoria?!?
What To Watch This Week on TV: Salute to Sondheim, 'Horror Story' Gives 'Head,' 'Downton' On Bravo, - VIDEO out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking. — The cast of Downton Abbey lets down their hair with host Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live Wednesday at 11 p.m. Eastern on Bravo. So if you ever wanted to see what it'd be like for Thomas Barrow (Rob James Collier), Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) to throw back one too many flirtinis, this is your chance. Sadly, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) won't be there to lodge her disapproval. More picks and clips, including a Horror Story mid-season finale to lose your head over and a celebration of Sondheim AFTER THE JUMP... — James Lapine's new documentary Six By Sondheim honors legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim with appearances from Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, America Ferrera ...
Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) Sorry about the vase. Maggie Smith (Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Gratham) Don't be, don't be. It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I have hated it for half a century. Love when Lady Violet appears in any scene! Rest In Peace Matthew!
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Here's my complete blurb and the menu for the Blue Belle Inn's Betsy Tacy Mystery Dinner: February 7 and 8, 2014 - Betsy and Tacy Go Downton ~ A Fractured Fairy Tale Style Murder Mystery by Sherrie Hansen When Betsy Ray’s British cousin, Matthew Crawley, fakes his death in a car accident and comes to Deep Valley, MN because he needs a break from Downton Abbey, a round of parties is planned to introduce him to the Crowd. When Lord Grantham and the Dowager Countess cross the pond to put an end to his lark, the unthinkable happens and Matthew is murdered. (Yes, this time, he’s really dead.) Did someone tamper with his dance card, hotwire his motor car, or spike his punch? Or was it the caterwauling during the Cat Duet that killed him? Betsy, Tacy, Tib, Bad Boy Tony, Busty Bonnie (who we’ve never quite trusted), Joe Schmo, and Thomas, the Valet are all suspects. One lucky sleuth who solves the mystery will receive their dinner free! $24.95 per person “Onion Sandwich” Soup a la Mr. Ray, Green Leaf .. ...
The indomitable Dowager Countess, lovely Lady Mary, and troublemaking Thomas – to “Downton Abbey” series fans, following their adventures is not so much a pastime as it is an obsession. Much of the attraction is the outstanding beauty of its settings. We were lucky enough to visit the filming locati...
"Don't be defeatist dear, it's terribly middle class". Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (applausi).
I can see it now! Him, along with Ms. Patmore and the Dowager Countess shooting down drones. Too funny! 😃
I like the way your dad thinks - I wish the Dowager Countess would give Thomas the what-for as well!
! Watching the movie "Weekend" and saw much more of Lord Gillingham than I bargained for. Dowager Countess would be appalled!
The Dowager Countess of Grantham just saved 's life
Lady Violet Grantham, the Dowager Countess is the only of all
Ellen Gray's weekend TV picks From left to right: Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess and Michelle Dockery as ...
I'm really losing interest in these people. The Dowager Countess needs a spin-off.
Whether she’s the Dowager Countess or Minerva McGonagall, Maggie Smith delivers.
Even after so many years, I still have trouble believing that McGonagall and the Dowager Countess are both Maggie Smith.
I don't know who's sassier: Professor McGonagall or the Countess Dowager
Photo: You have to love the Dowager Countess of Grantham
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