I had forgotten these Downton Abbey jewels. (The one below..) And I must make a confession. I adore Maggie Smith. Have I said that before?
I consider her to be one the finest actresses of the day. The woman doesn’t open her mouth on this series without throwing me into hysterics.
Maggie reminds me of the sweeter than sweet tea Southern ladies I grew up with. They weren’t stinkin’ rich like Mags but they could pour it on without you realizing that they had just set you straight and the rest of the world right along with it. You know the ones…they always end every sentence with a “Bless her/his heart.” and you know that the “blessed ones” are doomed in “blesser’s” eyes.
“Well, that is such a nice dress, bless her heart.”, which means, “where did she get that drop dead awful rag?” or “Oh that’s the engagement ring he picked out, bless his heart.” which means, “Where did he get that? In a Cracker Jack box?”.
Mags would’ve been a great Belle! She would’ve kept everyone on their toes and on full alert every time she walked into a room. Which is pretty much what she does on DA. Everyone braces themselves when Granny makes a grand entrance. The entire room doesn’t breathe until she’s finished her latest observations on the Way Things Should Be Done.
Here’s a collection of Granny’s finest moments on Season 1. Some of the clips you might not quite get….bless you heart…if you haven’t seen the full context of the scene. But then, you might!! Enjoy!! It will take just a few seconds to load and then you’re OFF! And there is a link to Season 2 Maggie Moments on the screen so you can entertain yourself further. Just think…you can watch Maggie instead of that Bieber kid or the latest political speech.