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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).