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Dowager Countess

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Maggie Smith (or rather the dowager countess of grantham) is my spirit animal.
But of course!The Dowager Countess expects nothing less from her footmen.
Lol awesome...I got the Dowager Countess :-)
The Dowager Countess of Grantham is abducted by aliens, returning to Downton Abbey as a White Walker. "
Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "I won't take sides, it's true, b
"You have to take control of your feelings, before they take control of you" . Dowager Countess, Downton Season 5 poke
Dowager Countess Violet is stuck playing marriage counselor. Daisy's crush is making eyes at her pretty assistant. S3E6
Oh snap. Cora WILL NOT let this go-to Grantham. And grandmama Dowager Countess is the tender one, how about that. S3E5
Oh no. Oh nooo. Crawley is getting on his Crawley swag. Went over Grantham's head to Dowager Countess to get a word in... S3E4
maybe this is why I'm Team Flint on Black Sails... Toby Stevens... Dame Maggie Smith's (Dowager Countess on...
The dowager countess must be delighted without a doubt.
"Don't be defeatist dear, it's very middle class.". --Dowager Countess. S2E8
11th Circuit makes a Downton Abbey reference—to a Dowager Countess quote, no less:
The Queen and The Dowager Countess of Grantham must be akin.
Congratulations to on successful sale of 'little cottage' used as home for Lady Violet in
I recall when I liked Downton Abbey. The Dowager Countess gave me life when she said: "Don't be defeatist dear, it's terribly middle class."
" 'lie' is such an un-musical word. I want you to review the evidence honestly, and without bias" . Love how the dowager countess speaks.
I bet her fav character is The Dowager countess !
[dowager countess voice] God said Netflix and chilled tea, not Netflix and the devil's tango
This four day week has me thinking of the Dowager Countess from Downton saying, "What is a weekend?" Can't wait for the final season!
Long weekends always go by the fastest! I always end up feeling a little like the Dowager Countess:
I need more Downton! What Would the Dowager Countess Say? via
the dowager countess, Violet is Maggie Smith. Isobel, I'm not sure what the actress's name is.
I mean Matthew Crawley's mother, Isobel. 'Violet' is the Dowager Countess's first name, I think.
The Dowager Countess Lady Grantham on her cousin Isobel Crawley:. "Other people people run on greed, lust, even love;she runs on indignation"
Downton Abbey card - at my age one must ration one's excitement - Dowager Countess of Grantham - but do have a per…
Looking forward to listening to the Dame Dowager Maggie Countess Smith of Grantham biography this morning
"Edith! You are a lady, not Toad of Toad Hall!" - The Dowager Countess Love this show!
presents Maggie Smith in a one-person show: The Dowager Countess and Peter Pan.
really needs a Dowager Countess to pass comment.
Swivel chairs? I liked it when the furniture didn't push you off of itself. Alas tis are dowager countess problems.
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the Dowager Countess, has a lovely way of delivering words.This is going to be a treat if you like a lavish period drama of a Sunday evening
We've come up with the perfect TV show: Emily & Michel from Gilmore Girls, Colleen Donaghy, & the Dowager Countess road trip across America
Dowager Countess Violet acts like she doesn't like drama, but she gets her life from the troubles in other people's lives. S2E9
Poor Daisy chooses a tough moment to assert her human-hood. Goes off to cry, only to be discovered by Dowager Countess . S2E9
Dowager Countess I love that you are so gently yet firmly protecting your daughter from a gold digger. S…
The comment from "The Dowager Countess." I laughed out loud so loudly that a stranger turned and looked at me.
Best comment I read all day - Amazon Prime Day is the Lady Edith of Sales- the Dowager Countess
Wouldn't mind being either the Dowager Countess or Isobel Crawley either. . @ Highclere Castle
"petrol" My heavens! Aren't we fancy? Having tea with the Dowager Countess today?
Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, is my spirit animal.
The wit and wisfom of The Dowager Countess...#
And, to make your Wednesday better, here's the Dowager Countess of Grantham giving you the finger.
...we must be discreet when we drive u 2 Highclere Castle lest we be discovered by the Dowager countess herself,you'll be
Thank you to the dowager countess lady violet grantham for this amazing quote
I am sure many want that. I wonder if the Dowager Countess will ever die.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham and the broth.
Happy bday to the only one who understands me when I say words like Dowager Countess or Chummy or extended highcuts 💕
HOW did I forget that the Dowager Countess and Edward Cullen were in a movie together? 😄😄😄
A talk show hosted by the dowager countess & isobel, sipping tea & gossiping
Dowager Countess’ House from Downton Abbey For Sale Shall we get a viewing!?
I'm torn between Dowager Countess and AOL dialup screech for best line of the day.
Already awarding this week's Best Use of "Dowager Countess" Award.
The dowager countess has learned that you're using your spare time/assets to make money, and she's not happy about it
“Why must you always pretend to be nicer than the rest of us?” ~ Dowager Countess of Grantham - Downton Abbey
"Sir Richard, life is a game, where the player must appear ridiculous." ~ Dowager Countess of Grantham - Downton Abbey
-is far more interesting than the Dowager Countess of Grantham, at least to an-
and I the Dowager Countess, which is shortened
my grandparents (The Dowager Count and Countess of Nebraska) grow rhubarb at the Blair residence.
"What is a weekend?" Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downtown Abbey
Photo: The only thing teams have in common with the Dowager Countess.
most likely to end with Dowager Countess's death or Lady Mary's marriage I would like to see Mary re-marry, but...
the Dowager Countess will be here soon.
"That, Colonel, is a ton of law...a police car." . Next to Dowager Countess, film noir dialogue is spot on. ^^
Friday night with the Dowager Countess and Mindy! Let the royal madness begin!!
Transform your home into a British Manor fit for the Dowager Countess with these tips!
What a beautiful home the Dowager Countess had!
So did M. Gustave love the Dowager Countess? I doubt it.
The Dowager Countess will be pleased: honoured with special
House which doubles for home of Maggie Smith's character up for sale for £3.95million
The Dowager Countess will be pleased: Downton Abbey to be honoured with Bafta tribute -
Dowager Countess Gifs are my absolute favorite 🙌🙌❤️
Study for finals or watch Downton Abbey? Witness The Dowager Countess's matchless sass or practice stoichiometry problems? Choices, choices.
ma'am, I m so bowled over with ur performance as Dowager Countess, u remind me of my granny, just awesome, can't get enough of u
If you talk about calories while I am having dinner with you, I will become the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Why Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith Is Happy to Say Good-Bye to the Dowager Countess
yes she is but Dowager Countess and her wit is incomparable
Why Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith is Happy to Say Goodbye to the Dowager Countess: Leave it to the Dowager to g...
Why Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith is happy to say goodbye to the Dowager Countess
Never forget the Dowager Countess of Grantham is also Professor Minerva McGonagall.
The stunning home of Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess could be yours (for £4m)
Downton Abbey spin-off: Dowager Countess could be back Downton Abbey
speaking of Downton, Adam Schock is comparing himself 2 Lincoln I'm thinking more Dowager Countess
The wit of wisdom of Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham had a particular disdain for women who read too many...
Thank goodness . Dame Maggie Smith ❤️ (Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham) is not in the photo! 👍
"I'm a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose." -Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
In the beginning the Dowager Countess barely spoke to her, now they are besties & I love them!
am i the last to know that the Dowager Countess of Grantham is leaving after next season?
Even I will concede that the heart exist solely for the purpose of pumping blood. - Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey
.publicists say Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess staying until end of the show.
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“I mean, I certainly can't keep going ...To my knowledge, [the Dowager Countess] must be 110 by now."
“I mean, I certainly can’t keep going…To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now” —Maggie Smith on next season being Dowager Countess’s last.
For the love of god don't kill off the Dowager Countess when Maggie Smith leaves. Have her run off to Provence with a hot duke.
“Okay, all fans need to read this . >imagine a world without the Dowager Countess 😔
"...He's a man. Men don't have rights!". Oh Dowager Countess of Grantham, never change.
Reports of Maggie Smith's 'Downton Abbey' exit may be premature: Predictions of doom for the Dowager Countess ...
'It always happens. When you give these little people power it goes to their head like a strong drink" The Dowager Countess
Oh, no! Say it ain't so! The Dowager Countess leaving Downton Abbey 😫
Can 'Downton' go on without the Dowager? Maggie Smith talks end
Don't do it Maggie! The Dowager Countess has some most concerning news
I refuse to accept a world where Dowager Countess of Grantham is not on my TV
The Dowager Countess tells it how it is
What?! NOOOooo!! Sigh. All good things must come to an end I guess. At least we have one more gauranteed...
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Lady Mary's dalliance, the Dowager Countess' affair, Mosley's doting, Edith's BORING child, and least of all: Anna & Bates "murder"
“Long live the Dowager Countess! Maggie Smith has plans to leave NO!
It looks like we'll only have the Dowager Countess for one more season on
No! The Dowager Countess is hanging up her cane via
Do you think Downton Abbey should continue without the Dowager Countess?
80+ yo Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham as her lover and companion :)
Glad to have you part of Dowager Countess of Grantham would approve. :)
who else than Dowager Countess of Grantham :)) _/\_
Dowager Countess of Grantham - "He is a man, he has no rights" LOL Oh dear me, she is by far my fave this season.
As the Dowager Countess of Grantham says, "Oh all this endless thinking, it's very overrated."
WWTDCOGD: What would the Dowager Countess of Grantham do?
“Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us from accepting reality.” -Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham-
How polite, sending your guest off with a packed lunch, the Dowager Countess of Grantham would approve
"Love may not conquer all.. But it can conquer quite a lot" - Dowager Countess of Grantham
"All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite." - Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
"Love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike." - Dowager Countess of Grantham
Maggie Smith, aka Dowager Countess of Grantham, with her husband Robert Stephens...
Has anyone meme’d up Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the Dowager Countess of Grantham yet? Because why wouldn’t you?
One kind word and your judgement takes flight - Dowager Countess of Grantham
"He's a man. Men down have rights." - Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
What a fabulous quote you posted by Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. You're not only cute, you're brilliant!
Can we be confident that there will not be an unwanted epilogue? - Dowager Countess of Grantham
"My dear a lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.". Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Can't get enough of Downton Abbey. Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham is superb.
And the best couple on tv is Isobel Crawley and the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
"Surely servants are human beings too." ~Isobel Crawley. "Yes. Preferably only on their days off." ~Dowager Countess of Grantham
Principles are like prayers: - Dowager Countess of Grantham - Downton Abbey card - awkward at a party by Greeting... http…
can we have REAL downtown abbey/arthur crossover tho? I think Dowager Countess and DW would be BFFs
I love it. I do miss the Dowager Countess though. Is Lord Grantham still terrible with money?
Dowager Countess was in rare form during last night's Season 5 premiere:
Dowager Countess is trying to cockblock Lord Merton. To make Mrs. Grantham jealous an push them together, I hope?
Happy belated birthday to Maggie Smith! Thank you for being a perfect Professor McGonagall and a sassy Dowager Countess on 🎊🎉
Happy birthday Dame Maggie Smith -- or should we saw Lady Grantham? The Dowager Countess turns 80 on Sunday and though her "Harry Potter" days are over, we thank our lucky stars we can still get our weekly dose of her sharp wit and biting h...
: Happy birthday to Maggie Smith! Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess turns 80 today
I hope I can one day be as sassy as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham - Maggie Smith who is 80
Happy 80th Birthday Maggie Smith. Celebrate with quizzes, video, Dowager Countess quotes and images from...
Our Truly Irresistible Billionaire Cheesecake... even if the Countess Dowager says talk of money is vulgar htt…
The Dowager Countess would be my top choice. Followed by Thomas so I may tell him off.
The Dowager Countess is a pretty badass wizard. Oops, sorry, getting all my British shows mixed up
Of course Professor McGonagall & the Dowager Countess are Capricorns. Happy 80th birthday (yest) to Dame Maggie Smith
Who can't wait til next Sunday's premiere of ?! Looks like the Dowager Countess is pretty excited too!
Happy 80th Birthday to the Dowager Countess herself, Maggie Smith! Join us for next Sunday @ 9PM!
Please tell me there's a page on for the annotated quotes of the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
In the words of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham ..
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to Maggie Smith, whose role Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham serves...
Happy 80th Birthday to my fave Professor and Dowager Countess Maggie Smith
"The presence of strangers is our only guarantee of good behaviour." - Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
"Well, you know me. Never complain, never explain." Is it just me or is the Dowager Countess basically an AARP Mary Poppins?
I knew you would say that, but you obviously don't know the greatness that is the Dowager Countess
Happy Birthday to Dame Maggie Smith! We know her as Professor Minerva McGonagall and as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey!
Today is the birthday of aka the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Happy birthday, M'lady!
"Never complain, never explain.". - Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
"Men notice nothing." - Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (and incidentally, badassery)
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Grantham enjoys her gifts from family and friends...
Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey . Sarah from Ed, Edd n Eddy
Downton Abbey SPOOF He's already Hollywood royalty, but now George Clooney has become an Earl – in the world of Downton Abbey, anyway. Clooney assumed his long-awaited and temporary role in the British aristocracy in a special 9-minute episode of the show for the TV fundraiser Text Santa. In the hilarious tongue-in-cheek video above, Lord Grantham – with the help of Ab Fab's Patsy Stone! – sees what life would be like at the Abbey if he were replaced by a certain George Oceans Gravity, Marquis of Hollywood – otherwise known as Lord Hollywood. And we'll just say Downton has been turned upside down by Clooney's charms. In fact, Lord Hollywood had such an effect on Dame Maggie Smith's character, the Dowager Countess, that when he kissed her hand she fell off her perch and collapsed on the floor. "That man has got the entire household behaving like fools!" Lord Grantham says, after seeing how his loved ones behave without his influence. "Downton has gone to rack and ruin without me." Luckily, the whol ...
There are lots of reasons why millions of viewers tune in to PBS to watch Downton Abbey, the British period drama that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family. There are illicit romances, class tensions and Dowager Countess of Grantham’s witty observations, to name a few. And then…
Ohh my, Lord Hollywood has charmed the Dowager Countess of Grantham. EXCLUSIVE clip coming up soon!
Meet my new crush, Lady Violet. The Dowager Countess of Grantham (a.k.a Bae) ♥😍
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New this year to the Dickens' Village, Lord & Lady Grantham & the Dowager Countess.
Downton Abbey” was recently renewed for a fifth season, but it looks like some of the main actors may not stay for long: both Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) and Maggie Smith (the Dowager Countess) have hinted that they may soon leave “Downton” to focus on other aspects of their careers.
Isobel Crawley to Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham : "You are as infirm as Windsor Castle". brilliant!
LONDON (AP) - British royalty has met acting aristocracy, as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honor on Maggie Smith during a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Smith, who plays the imperious Dowager Countess of Grantham on "Downton Abbey," was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor Friday in recognition of her six decades in theater, cinema and television. The award is limited to 65 living people "of distinction." Other members include physicist Stephen Hawking, actor Ian McKellen and artist David Hockney. The 79-year-old actress has won two Academy Awards, for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "California Suite." She is currently filming "The Lady in the Van," reprising her stage role as a homeless eccentric who parked for years on the driveway of playwright Alan Bennett.
No, the Dowager Countess of Grantham and Isobel Crawley weren’t doing a mini-pupillage
Poor old Dowager Countess, always tidying up after her grand-daughters' dalliances
"They're casting the net wide tonight…" Oh, Dowager Countess, how do I love thee. 😄
MIC's Mark-Francis or Downton's Dowager Countess - who delivered these hilarious one-liners?
“What WILL the Dowager Countess make of gorgeous George?
The trailer for the upcoming season of Downton Abbey is here! Complete with allusions to scandalous secrets, cheeky Dowager Countess, and the classic general disdain for modernity!
"No guest should be admitted without the date of their departure settled." - Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham"
The Dowager Countess has to be my fave character ever!!
Some lady called her children Bates and Cora. Is the next one going to be Dowager Countess of Grantham or..?
Lady Moccasins would be someone the Dowager Countess would speak of with a distasteful look on her face.
in the forest by the Countess Isabel, Dowager of March and
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Is Dowager Countess trying to be a matchmaker? *grins*.
Always in awe of Maggie Smith; may it be as Professor McGonagall or Dowager countess.
The Dowager countess of Grantham and her sass. Best thing ever.
IMPORTANT: If Tyrion Lannister and the Dowager Countess faced off in a battle of sass, who would win?
I have the urge to emulate the Dowager Countess on DA and inquire "what is a week-end?" but I shall refrain ;)
The Dowager Countess is to Downton Abbey as Tyrion Lannister is to Game of Thrones. It just wouldn't be worth it without them.
They call me the Queen, but really I'm the Dowager Countess of Measurement.
"Don't be defeatist girl it's very middle class."-Dowager Countess
"I doubt we'll meet again.". "Do you promise?". Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, ladies and gentlemen.
Good Heavens! How middle class! (Said the Dowager Countess of Grantham, perhaps?)
And OF COURSE the Dowager Countess doesn't show up for American awards shows. Hello.
Friendly talk or quipping? See this shot of Dowager Countess & Mrs. Crawley.
"What is an "Em-my?" The Dowager Countess could not care less about your proletarian statuettes
The Dowager Countess and Professor McGonagall - that is some serious awesomeness.
um, excuse me. No one beats the dowager countess.
the Dowager Countess is calmly resting at her cottage managing the social affairs of the Crawley family.
Jessica Lange is the Dowager Countess of the supernatural.
: the Dowager Countess doesn't care for bloody Americans.
Good luck to Frank Underwood, Lady Mary Crawley and the Dowager Countess herself Maggie Smith 🙌🙌
Diddy does Downton.Takes over the Abbey as he asks Isobel Crawley and the Dowager Countess ...…
You Can't Live Without This! Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham would...
*Sarah helps Theodore dress in his nice suit, getting ready for a special guest, The Dowager Countess of Grantham, coming to visit. Biscuits and tea cakes are ready, and the tea kettle is full. Anna gets dressed, fussing with her hair a bit and making sure her dress is suitable.* There, how do I look, John?
the Dowager Countess of know me so well! 🏰🚽
I wanna get rich so I can get married in the dowager countess's garden and then have the reception in a huge ballroom Jesus gosh
The last Downton better end with a 2014 tour guide telling a group the story then the camera reveals it's the immortal dowager countess.
Fabric etiquette lesson by the Dowager Countess
I need more hours in my day so I can make a Dowager Countess Outrage picture.
Become the dowager countess with us, Apple. Embrace the octagenarian British snark machine inside you
Well, yes, hence why and I have this plan, see, about the Dowager Countess
IF ONLY internet outrage had anything in common with the Dowager Countess.
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Like, is it because "outrage" conjures up images of the Dowager Countess being shocked and snarky simultaneously? Because that's INCREDIBLE.
there's so much great stuff in DA! I love the Dowager Countess. Her quips are legendary!
I recently told and that my spirit animal is coffee. Really, it's The Dowager Countess' face.
*Dowager Countess disgusted face* Welp. I'm going to go cuddle the cat.
Every day I feel more and more like the Dowager Countess.
"I hope it is not vulgar in me to suggest that you find some way to overcome your scruples." Dowager Countess
Heads up, fans: Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess is getting a "brilliant storyline" this season
Enjoying my tea: Dowager Countess Grey:. Tea for all good :-)
Joan Rivers, the Dowager Countess of Comedy, knows what's what re Penelope Cruz? Nope.
I think it was in Oxfordshire. Not too far away from ! Don't you love the Dowager Countess??
OMGosh Mrs. Crowley vs the Dowager Countess lol. I sense a rivalry.
“Is this an instrument of communication or torture?” Dowager Countess on the telephone.
"turd" is great-It's blunt & sounds like a teenager insult. "Poo" sounds like the Dowager Countess of Grantham getting testy.
Matthew-To-Mary marriage proposal . And of course every scene with the Dowager Countess .
I'm like the dowager countess of grantham now that I freelance: "What's a weekend?"
"Tough call," smirks the Dowager Countess. “8 hours of sleep or 7 + 1 more round of freaking Downton Abbey?”
I just want to be the Dowager Countess.
Fingers crossed for a Dowager Countess dating arc on 5th season
hilarious lunatic Dowager Countess of Thielestan presents:
I wish Olenna Tyrell and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham ruled the world together.
Downton Abbey Mystery quilt along DIE CUT kit for Dowager Countess is up for adoption! $250 plus shipping and...
Lord Grantham, the Dowager Countess, and Thomas, the Butler, will soon be here for a special evening of murder...
My dogs are like the Dowager Countess in that they too don't know what a weekend is and woke us up early on a Saturday.
The fabric is Downton Abbey, Dowager Countess. Duz I look like a Dowager Countess?
Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess Grantham is who I want to grow up to be.
Even a Dowager Countess would appreciate this 1939 Roadmaster 81C. Photo cred:
Get a fainting couch so you can be fabulously ill at the very least! The Dowager Countess would.
No word on whether the Dowager Countess awarded 10 points to Gryffindor
I am introducing my sister to the glory that is the Dowager Countess of Grantham. She has been deprived.
Dowager Countess set for 'brilliant' storyline that sees 'Downton at its best' next series.
love how Dowager Countess of Thielestan is treated as something more than a glorified typist.
I'm going to imagine Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess for this film, just for fun.
.says the Dowager Countess will finally get the story arc (and screen time) she deserves in season 5
Also in Dame Maggie Smith, better known to fans as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
to quote the great, Dowager Countess of Grantham, aka Dame Maggie Smith."what's a weekend?" 😝😂
George Clooney might marry at Downton Abbey. When asked "Do you take this woman?" the Dowager Countess will say "I think h…
Life Isn't So Cordial in the Abbey for Dowager Countess of Grantham OR Dame Maggie Smith Is Just Having a Bad Day
Three Thoughts on Downton Abbey, S1E5 - 1. My current favorite cast member? The Downton doggy. I don't know his name, but he's adorable. 2. This episode, with yet another skirmish between the Dowager Countess and Mrs. Crawley (over the Grantham Cup at the flower show) and between Thomas/O'Brien and Bates/Anna, is probably my least favorite to date. Again, it's all very well executed, it just has the vague, stale whiff of been-there/seen-that coming off it. 3. The details of the show, particularly of the cooking, point to the economic realities of the world without fully addressing them. For instance, what was the food budget for a household the size of Downton? How much went to waste? What was done with the "leftovers"? We're essentially talking about a family of five who, based solely on what we see (which, understandably, is a limited sampling), seem to dine pretty spectacularly ALL THE TIME. Even if that means some poultry occasionally needs to be subject to the five-second rule.
Here is a Downton Abbey meme for you. Though the Dowager Countess is asking for the opposite reason.
I have to keep telling myself: In the words of the Dowager Countess (Downton Abbey), "Stop whining and find something to do." YES, M'LADY!
I think I want to be the Dowager Countess of Grantham when I grow up! Tee Hee!! ;)
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.
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!
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
" '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:
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!
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