23 April 2012

42 years before Downton, Maggie won an Oscar


Forty-two years before Dame Maggie Smith dominated Downton Abbey as the Dowager Duchess, and seventeen years before she brilliantly played "poor Aunt Charlotte" in A Room With a View, Maggie Smith won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film adaptation of Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

If you haven't seen the film, what are you waiting for?  If a young, glamorous Maggie Smith isn't your cup of tea, maybe you could be enticed by a young, virgorous Gordon Jackson (Hudson from the original Upstairs Downstairs).


  1. I saw that film eons ago. And I still remember Miss Brodie telling her girls"For the sort of people who like those things, that's the sort of thing they like". I do not know why this stuck with me-

  2. I've wanted to watch the film for ever such a long time. I loved the book and I love Maggie Smith.

  3. My gosh!! The second photo from the top of Maggie Smith looks like our Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Australia. Striking resemblence though I like Maggie better!


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