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TV Critics Tour: Shirley MacLaine on 'Downton Abbey' and Long Island
Beverly Hills -- Shirley MacLaine is joining "Downton Abbey" next season, and -- well, let HER tell you about it.
"I walked into my hairdresser lady in Malibu and they were talking about [the show]. And I don't know. 'What do they mean? I better go look,'" she told the TV press mob here on Saturday.
"I did. And then soon after that ... Well, I have to tell you ... Oh, man, I ran three months of it and I was just as addicted as everybody else, making me wonder about my attention deficit syndrome ...
"Then, when it was announced, I was going to do Martha Levinson, I didn't know anything about her. I don't even know if you do.
"But my hairdresser does.
"All the ladies in my hairdressing place said, 'Oh, she's Jewish and she's from Long Island and she has a lot of money and she's looking for a tight old man.'"
"I thought ... that might be ... that might be worthwhile investigating."
MacLaine was -- of course -- asked about working with Maggie Smith.
"Oh God, should I tell this story?"
She was urged to tell it.
"Well, we were lovers in another life."