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    Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. (Dame Maggie Smith) Robert's mother. She is immensely proud, immensely loyal to her son and immensely insufferable to her American daughter-in-law, whom she regards as an interloper, a living compromise the family has had to make. She was born the daughter of a baronet, which Cora does not believe entitles Violet to carry on as if she were a Plantagenet, especially as she brought virtually no money with her. In other words, both women think themselves the...

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    The wisdom of the Dowager Countess.

    Downton Abbey - Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

    "Speak your mind,even if your voice shakes." ~ Dame Maggie Smith

    Dame Maggie Smith in Edwardian dress for Downton Abbey

    Dames: Judy Dench and Maggie Smith.

    Dame Maggie Smith. She and Sandra B. I'll watch anything she's in too. She cracks me up in Downton Abbey!

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    Maggie Smith - such a great actress

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    Dame Maggie Smith aka Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Professor Minerva McGonagall, Constance, Countess of Trentham, Reverend Mother, Jean Brodie, Muriel Donnelly, and countless other brilliant roles; and she's still going string at 78 years young. Gotta Love her!