Shirley MacLaine Joining The Cast Of ‘Downton Abbey’!

Someone get our fainting couch … we’ve got the vapors!

Shirley MacLaine, the delightfully odd six-time Oscar nominee (and winner for “Terms of Endearment”), is joining the cast of our second favorite show on television, “Downton Abbey.” (We can’t say it’s our number one fave when “Parks and Recreation” has been slaying it this season.)

MacLaine will play Martha Levinson, Lady Grantham’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother. Dan Stevens (that’s Matthew Crawley to you!) wasn’t lying when he told MTV to expect “thrills and chills” in season three! Listen:


“My late grandfather directed Shirley MacLaine in ’Gambit’ in 1966 so it is a delight for me that she will be joining us on ’Downton Abbey,'” Carnival Films’ Managing Director Gareth Neame said in a statement. “Julian [Fellowes, creator] has written another brilliant character in Martha Levinson, who will be a wonderful combatant for Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess and we are excited at the prospect of Shirley MacLaine playing her.”

The MTV Newsroom is positively aflutter with the possibilities presented by MacLaine going toe-to-toe with the Dowager Countess, who talks a lot of s**t (seriously, click on that link, you won’t be sorry) and is easily one of the best zinger machines on TV right now.

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