Downton Abbey, S04E01: A Short Summary
It’s true I don’t tolerate fools but then they don’t tolerate me, so I am spiky. Maybe that’s why I’m quite good at playing spiky elderly ladies.
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
Timothy Mayer said that the year before he had seen her play Millamant in “The Way of the World” in the afternoon and Cleopatra in “Anthony and Cleopatra” in the evening. “Yes,” said Maggie Smith. “It was a rather difficult day. In actual fact, the dressing rooms were awash that afternoon. The plumbing went completely mad. Someone had stuffed it full of champagne corks and knickers, I think.” - Timothy Mayer talks to Maggie Smith, The New Yorker