While all you good Downton devotees were skipping the Golden Globes to watch the Granthams give garden parties, Ladies Mary and Edith (Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael) were strutting their stuff on the Golden Globe's red carpet.
Michelle chose a beige strapless Oscar de la Renta gown with matching satin heels (how ladylike!). While Laura emulated Lady Edith's burgeoning sense of self in a white Viktor and Rolf column dress with a bold black stripe.
Meanwhile, as merrymakers at the Globes' Beverly Hills Hilton got well plastered, home viewers were treated to this trailer during commercial time...
Yes, folks, Jessica Brown Findlay left us all crying at her birth/death bedside just so she could party with Colin Farrell (who, by the way, looked like the only one sober at last night's Golden Globes).
If you're like millions of Americans you're watching the Golden Globe Awards tonight (sorry Downton Abbey, but we just have to watch).
The Globes are live from the Beverly Hilton Ballroom, which has been a tinsel town treasure since the hotel's opening in 1955. Since then, scandals and starpower have fueled the hotel's glittering reputation. Richard Nixon gave his famous "You won't have Nixon to kick around again," from the hotel. John Edwards was caught in flagrante delicto. And in what has to be the hotel's most tragic episode, Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel bathroom prior to a planned appearance at The Grammy Awards.
The hotel got a $500 million makeover back in 2005 but it might be time for another spruce up. At the E! Red Carpet Awards some of the stars complained about a pipe bursting on the red carpet and spewing sewage on the glittering crowd. "Could be bad for long gowns," Tweeted host Ryan Seacrest.
About a fifth of the red carpet was soaked with dirty water. But needless to say, the stars negotiated their way around the mess with nary a filthy train in sight.
Ralph Lauren (he of the plush, lush Downton Abbey ads) woke up this morning to find that his niece, 41-year old Jennifer Lauren was arrested in Ireland when she blew up in an air rage incident on January 6 flying from Barcelona to NY.
Apparently, Lauren was found crying when it appeared that her seat back would not recline (OK, we can relate...but wait, there's more). When a flight attendant tried to help, Lauren screamed at her to "Get the F--K out of my face!" She also called the poor woman a "Fat, unhappy blonde (expletive)." We're betting the expletive was the C-word, because another F--K would be redundant.
Many more expletives followed, during which the high-end jewelry designer got so out of control the flight had to be diverted to Ireland. Once pried out of the aircraft and read her rights, Lauren said to the Irish law enforcement officials, "Can you say that in English, please?" (Is she emulating Lord Grantham here?).
Whereupon the good Irish proceeded to arraign Ms. Lauren in a pub because all of the available courthouses were filled.
Here's mud in your eye, Jennifer! Erin Go Bragh!
PART ONE OF OUR JANUARY DOWNTON DISH SERIES....
As Downton Abbey devotees will now know, the fourth US season began last night with a morose and mourning Lady Mary wearing her widow's weeds with style and at least-- toward the end of the season premiere-- recovering some of her 'tude and SUP (stiff upper lip, Brit style).
What fans may not know yet is that they will be seeing Lady Mary in a whole new light when her creator, Michelle Dockery morphs into a spunky flight attendant in the new film, Non-Stop. Dockery is unfortunate enough to board a plane with air marshal, Liam Neeson. Again, folks, if you see Liam Neeson on the runway, rethink your destination. After viral shares of a spectacular plane crash in his film, The Grey, his appearance can't herald anything good happening in-flight.
Dockery said at a recent press conference that "it's like an action role, very modern and very different from Mary. When a flight attendant comes over, the things they do and say sound familiar because I've done it, it's really weird now. I thought, damn it, for once I've been serving the gin and tonics rather than the footmen on 'Downton.' "
But will she give you one bottle of booze or two? The whole can of Diet Coke or a halfie? And can she thwart the menace threatening the big man from Belfast while staying chic in her sleeveless service outfit (since when have you ever seen a sleeveless flight attendant?)....
Tune in for a HUSH-HUSH exclusive review soon!