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The Best Part Of Downton Abbey: Dowager Countess’ Brutal Honesty [VIDEO]

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Dame Maggie Smith is superb in any role but we take particular joy in watching her as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She delivers her lines with such class and whit you can’t be bothered with the fact that she’s usually talking smack about someone. Regardless, here are a few of her best one-liners (there are so many more) from Seasons 1 and 2.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."