Downton Abbey

S#*! Violet Crawley Says: Season 4 Wisdom From the Dowager Countess

Where would we be without Dowager Countess Violet Crawley? Violet is a greater etiquette master than Emily Post and doles out tougher love than Judge Mathis. Downton Abbey would absolutely fall apart without her. Of course, Violet wouldn't exist without the great Dame Maggie Smith, who turns 79 today! ;

In honor of the Dame's birth, we're celebrating her spiky delivery of Dowager wisdom. Need your daily dose of witty retort? ;Click here to start the gallery!