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)


  1. and bless her dear heart! maggie doesn't let ANYONE walk all over her!

  2. Replies
    1. Thank heavens. There can never be another. Jx

  3. Just released: "Maggie Smith: A Biography" by Michael Coveney.

    1. As the lady herself commented to the author when she found out Mr Coveney was updating the biography: "You're digging me up again!" Jx


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