Dame Maggie Smith is not leaving "Downton Abbey," the show's producers announced yesterday. Everyone breathe.
Although rumors were flying surrounding the Dowager Countess’ supposed exit from the smash-hit period drama, Carnival Film and Television Limited told the Los Angeles Times that "there is no truth in the story that Maggie is leaving the show."
To celebrate the fact that TV’s most astute, delightfully blunt matriarch is not meeting her demise, we decided to reflect on what she's taught us thus far.
The Dowager Countess never let's us forget that she knows best, which is of course one of the reasons we love her. Here are some of her best one-liners on love, marriage and appropriate houseguest comportment -- and the important life lessons we gleaned from them.
LOOK: 10 Life Lessons From The Dowager Countess
"We can't have him assassinated...I suppose."
"Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class."
"I mean one way or another, everyone goes down the aisle with half the story hidden."
"No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house -- especially somebody they didn't even know."
<strong>Lady Sybil Crawley:</strong> "No one ever learned anything from a governess except for French, and how to curtsy." <strong>Dowager Countess:</strong> "What more do you need?"
"Well if she doesn't, we'll just have to take her abroad. In these moments you can normally find an Italian who isn't too picky."
"No fortune? He's lucky not to be playing the violin in Leicester Square."
They didn't used to exist, as the Dowager Countess revealed when she demanded to know, "What is a 'weekend'?"
<strong>Cora, Countess Of Grantham: </strong>"Are we to be friends then?" <strong>Dowager Countess:</strong> "We are allies, which can be a good deal more effective."
"No one wants to kiss a girl in black."