Maggie Smith, pictured at a London press gathering the evening after it was announced she had won the Academy Award for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1970).

Anonymous said:
If only that Fellowes could be fired, and you hired to replace him and write the scripts (Dowager as the leading character + funny plots), I would be the greatest Downton fan ! :)

Aw, thank you :) I’d definitely have her as the leading character, but I don’t think I’d be very good at coming up with funny plots, hence me stealing lines from The Golden Girls lol. Ideally I’d have Violet in a major dramatic role as the powerful matriarch (I was blithering on about all my crappy ideas for Violet to ainda-mais last night). She’d still be the provider of zinger lines, but she’d also be the dramatic lynchpin of the show.

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Those casts were wonderful, because they all realised that if one of them stood out of line, the whole thing would collapse, and they all played the game. Maggie Smith was very funny making Death on the Nile (1978), because everybody was slightly intimidated by Bette Davis (who was wonderful to work with). But Maggie and Bette had to play scenes together sitting in chairs facing each other, and Maggie kept having problems with her lines. She said she would look across and see Bette Davis talking and she kept thinking she was watching The Late Show on television, and she’d keep forgetting her lines. - Anthony Powell, costume designer for Death on the Nile.

Maggie Smith - behind the scenes on the film Young Cassidy (1965).

Maggie Smith attends a wreath laying ceremony in Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the birth of Sir Laurence Olivier (2007).