Downton Abbey’s Indomitable Dowager Countess


(See the picture?  I can hear her now, acting clue-less concerning some deftly-positioned remark on her part, destined for someone’s jugular.  God, that woman’s delicious in her wit!)

There are few performances that pleased me as much as “Downton Abbey,” Masterpiece Theatre’s knock-out success recently presented as Season #2. Yes, as devotee, I watched faithfully. 

The Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, had what many believe to be the meatiest lines, and it helped that she spoke them, brilliantly.

Some of my favorites:  Lady Grandtham asks “What’s a weekend?” (hysterical, for why would anyone of the gentry class know what a ‘work week’ meant–and its opposite–‘days off’?)

Then there’s the reaction by her to the foreigner dying in the Grantham mansion:  “No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s home…expecially someone they didn’t even know.” 

Or how about her stating no one goes down the aisle (in marriage,) telling the full story?…In other words, we all leave out the steamier (and seamier) aspects of our lives, never telling the damning details to eventual mates. (Do you agree?)

Enjoy the following…Note Ms. Smith’s mannerisms and wonder at her talent as she is the quintessence of  “the iron-fist in the velvet glove”…

Then, tell us your favorite character in the series.  If you’re not a fan already, just watch and you will be…

Season 1 and 2 are available on their site to bring you up to speed…I know folks who barricaded themselves in for entire weekends, watching, spell-bound. The rest of us wait longingly for season #3 to begin.

Be forewarned:  these episodes are highly addictive.

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A lifetime teacher and realtor who's now a published writer, Colleen Kelly Mellor is a humorist first, ever aware of the thread that connects us all. Her works have appeared in the WSJ, Providence Journal, and CNN and NY Times-acclaimed medical blog,, to name a few. All material on this blog is exclusive property of the author and cannot be reproduced without this author's express written consent.
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