Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine, who will next be seen in season three of the hit Masterpiece Classic, Downton Abbey on PBS revealed to TV Guide a bit more about the character she plays! Shirley appears in the first two episodes as Martha Levinson, mother of Lady Cora played by Elizabeth McGovern.
MacLaine revealed, “I sort of had to make her personality up! She is from Long Island and finally lands at Downton Abbey and sees what’s happening to the place when everyone’s coming back from the war. What makes Martha interesting is her reactions to tradition and the class system. I do my best to be kind to tradition, but frankly think it should shift.”
Shirley did have highly anticipated scenes with Downton series star and Oscar winner, Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess) as well! She detailed, “Our characters’ relationship is probably not what you’d think! Maggie and I are both so old, we have a lot of time on us to discuss.
MacLaine who is a big believer in reincarnation stated about playing in the period piece soap, “It was like stepping back in time. The whole place seemed haunted and full of otherworldly spirits.”
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