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Maggie Smith, photographed by Lord Snowdon during rehearsals for Hedda Gabler (1970)

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Just taking a moment to appreciate just how utterly beautiful Maggie Smith as Violet looks this season. The face was always beautiful, but the costumes and wig from seasons 3 and 4 in particular weren’t all that pretty at times (I know the dress in the bottom cap was also used in the last Christmas special, but it just looked so much better in this episode). This season though - everything looks so pretty, like the woman wearing them, and judging from the trailer for next week, she has a new (and stunning looking) purple coat.

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Maggie Smith and Rod Taylor - Young Cassidy (1965)

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Isobel: "But I admire it. When young people stand up for their principles"
Violet: "Principles are like prayers. Noble, of course, but awkward at a party"

(Downton Abbey 5.01)

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Lady Violet Crawley


Maggie Smith as Lila Fisher - Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care. 

- Solitude (verse 1), by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Maggie Smith, with Penelope Wilton and Laura Carmichael - behind the scenes on Downton Abbey, season 5. (x)

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Maggie Smith as Claire - A Delicate Balance (1997)

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Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, with Sergio, the ice-cream man on the set of Tea with Mussolini (1999).

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Violet and Isobel in Downton Abbey season 5 (x)

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