Grapevine: Maggie Smith happy ‘Downton Abbey’ is over

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

Thank God that’s over!

Dame Maggie Smith, 80, said on the British “Graham Norton Show” on Friday that she’s delighted the long-running “Downton Abbey” is ending, and that she never watched it, according to London’s Daily Mail. “I’m glad it’s over, I really am,” she said on the TV show. “By the time we finished she (Smith’s character Violet Crawley, Countess of Grantham) must have been about 110,” she said. “It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense.” Despite a 60-year sterling career on the British stage and big screen, Smith confessed that it was only after the start of “Downton Abbey” that people began to recognize her in public.

No, we’re fine — really

Despite playing a couple whose marriage is on the rocks in the new film “By the Sea,” Angelina Jolie, 40, and Brad Pitt, 51, insist everything’s hunky-dory with their relationship. The pair spoke with Tom Brokaw for a “Today” show segment that will air Monday. According to Page Six, Jolie said, “I’m counting on the audience to know that if it was close to us at all, we could never make this film. It’s because we’re actually very, very stable and these aren’t our issues.”

Boy George + Prince?

Faded pop sensation Boy George, 54, claimed on British TV that he and much-bigger-pop sensation Prince, 57, once slept together. Judges on “The Voice U.K.” show were discussing famous people they knew, and one said she’d worked with Prince. “Oh darling, I’ve slept with him,” George reportedly said, according to But the show’s rep insists “He was never being serious.” No word on the matter from Prince.

Seemed like a good idea at the time

With relatives this classy, what’s a girl to do? Page Six reports Lindsay Lohan’s 27-year-old brother, Michael — who’s old enough to know better — tried to park his 2015 Audi in Manhattan’s tony Gramercy Park for free Thursday by sticking a forged New York State “Executive Branch” placard on his dashboard. When Lohan couldn’t produce evidence he actually worked in the executive branch, a New York State trooper arrested him. Loser Lohan’s charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree and criminal impersonation in the second degree. Oops.

Saturday’s birthdays

Vanessa Marano, 23

Vanilla Ice, 48

Peter Jackson, 54