Watch the First Clip of Shirley MacLaine on ‘Downton Abbey’


From the moment we learned that Shirley MacLaine would be playing Lady Cora’s mother, Martha, on Season 3 of Downton Abbey, we’ve been waiting to see her tangle with the one and only Dowager Countess of Grantham. Well, thankfully, we won’t be in suspense until the premiere, because the clip in which Violet greets Martha debuted last night on TV Land during the American Film Institute’s 40th Life Achievement Award, which honored MacLaine. The Downton bit doesn’t start until roughly 45 seconds into the video below, and the quality isn’t great, but it’s absolutely worth it to see Martha and the Dowager Countess ever-so-politely rip into each other.

[via TVline]