Monday, 28 December 2015
How, now, brown cow
Maggie Smith once went with Kenneth Williams to Fortnum & Masons to buy a bra. Upon being told the price, she replied "Seven Guineas! It'd be cheaper to have your tits off!"
Flying for the first time in a helicopter, she observed: "I never thought I’d look down between my legs and see Guildford."
As Desdemona to Laurence Olivier’s Othello, he, in full make-up, criticised her pronunciation; she faced off to him with a stentorian "How, now, brown cow!"
On completing her most famous role after six series: "I think the wig I wore in Downton is more tired than I am!"
As Serena McKellen has it, "Maggie's got a tongue on her."
Dame Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith CH DBE (born 28th December 1934)