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"Downton Abbey" Stars -- Then and Now!

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Alright Downtonians, we know there's no need to tell you what today is -- happy return of "Downton Abbey" day!Season 3 of the smash British drama premieres tonight in the States on PBS, and in honor of your favorite show's return, our friends at Snakkle.com have pulled together shots of the stars before the show!Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of GranthamHow do we love thee, Dame Maggie Smith? A storied veteran of stage and TV, Smith has also shouldered iconic film roles in “Sister Act” and the “Harry Potter” series. The 78-year-old now delivers barb after barb as crumudgeonly matriarch Violet in the series, already earning an Emmy in 2012, and currently nominated for both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award in 2013 for her work on Season 2.See more "Downton Abbey" stars before they were famous at Snakkle.com. Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of GranthamA veteran actor of stage,
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Farley Granger: a life in clips

We look back at Farley Granger's movie career, from the two masterpieces he made with Alfred Hitchcock to Luchino Visconti's operatic melodrama Senso

Spotted doing a cockney accent in a play while still at high school, Farley Granger was signed to a seven-year deal by MGM in 1943 and soon put to work alongside Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews in The North Star, a pro-Soviet war film about the sufferings of a Ukrainian village under the Nazi yoke.

With a script by blacklistee Lillian Hellman, The North Star – later reissued under the title Armored Attack! – was cited by the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a prime example of Hollywood communist propaganda.

After one more film – The Purple Heart (1944) – and a spell in the navy where he discovered his bisexuality, Granger found himself cast in what would become his breakthrough film, They Live by Night. Shot in 1947, Nicholas Ray
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To Half And Half Not

In "A Girl Cut in Two," vet eran French director Claude Chabrol updates one of New York's most infamous mur ders to modern-day Lyon.

In that 1906 case, Stanford White, a big-shot architect and well-known womanizer, was murdered by the husband of his much-younger mistress, chorus girl turned model Evelyn Nesbit, who became known as the Girl in the Velvet Swing.

Chabrol's stylish and intelligent melodrama also concerns an older man and a younger woman.

The gentleman is Charles Saint-Denis (Francois Berleand), a novelist who lives in a comfy home with his sexy wife of 25 years.
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