Maggie Smith on Her Husband's Death and 'Deafening Silence' of Grief

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Dame Maggie Smith, ever the quick and cutting wit, took a dry (and occasionally sad) approach to reflecting on grief, fame and her life's work. "Everything's an icon," Smith told the interviewer. "If you have been around long enough you are an icon. A rather dusty icon… or a… » 11/10/14 1:30pm 11/10/14 1:30pm

In Praise of Television Peen

I watch a lot of television. From ABC to HBO, AMC to FX, Netflix and Starz and more but most of my shows are missing something — penis. Oh, there are plenty of breasts, female backsides in dim lighting or girls emulating blow jobs or back shots, but as a heterosexual women I am tired of thinking ‘Where’s the peen?’ or… » 3/21/14 6:00pm 3/21/14 6:00pm

It's the Dowager Countess, er, Maggie Smith's Birthday!

Ladies, my afternoon tea today will be in celebration of the life and acting career of Maggie Smith. The Brit, born on December 28, 1934, is 79 years old and she has given us fabulous characters like Hook's Granny Wendy, Gunilla Garson Goldberg of The First Wives' Club, Mother Superior from Sister Act, and Professor… » 12/28/13 2:30pm 12/28/13 2:30pm

The Dowager Countess Is Breaking Our Hearts and Leaving Downton Abbey

It's being reported today that Maggie Smith is done with her reign of clever terror as the matriarch of Downton Abbey. While it's tempting to start weeping and saying an endless "Noooooooo…" We must do as the Dowager Countess herself would do and simply say a curt, "Well, isn't that a shame." » 4/15/12 8:00pm 4/15/12 8:00pm

Maggie Smith Might Leave Downton Abbey, Robbing Us of Our Beloved…

Downton Abbey is a place rooted in tradition and we have come to depend on its stick-in-the-mud ways, but today we have word of something that threatens to shake our favorite British estate to its very core: We might have to face a season four with no Dame Maggie Smith and no Dan Stevens. A show without the Dowager… » 3/06/12 8:00pm 3/06/12 8:00pm