Film & TV

Watch Shirley Maclaine and Maggie Smith Throw Down on ‘Downton Abbey’

Film & TV

Watch Shirley Maclaine and Maggie Smith Throw Down on ‘Downton Abbey’

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Ever since it was announced that Shirley Maclaine would play the American mother to Elizabeth McGovern‘s Lady Grantham on the third season of Downton Abbey, fans have been anticipating verbal fireworks between Maclaine’s character and Maggie Smith’s extremely sassy Dowager Countess (more reading than an episode of Wishbone, basically).   Watchers in the UK will have to wait until September to see the two meet in the third season (and anyone watching it stateside on PBS will have to wait even longer), but this past weekend TV Land aired the American Film Institute’s tribute to Maclaine and showed a brief clip of her meeting the Dowager Countess. Luckily enterprising YouTube user Jbellaire understood the clip’s import and decided to nab a poor quality clip of it on what appears to be a camera phone. It’s about 30 seconds long, and while there’s no hair-pulling or scratching, both Maclaine and Smith manage to get in some definite barbs in that short time.