shirley maclaine getty 'Downton Abbey': Shirley MacLaine wraps Season 3 shootingThe venerable Shirley MacLaine was cast as Lady Cora’s American mother, Martha Levinson, for Season 3 of “Downton Abbey,” the British import show that has captured American audiences – but it sound as though she has wrapped filming just about three weeks into shooting the season.

“I’m back in the States now and catching up with my other projects,” tweets MacLaine.

Of course, we’re sure it went swimmingly – the actors have had nothing but raves for her. Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson, the former chauffer and Lady Sybil’s husband on the show, tweets that having MacLaine as part of the Downton family is “amazeballs.”

We’re sure it was.

Shirley also gave an interview to Lady magazine that is a good read – though she did the interview before she shot anything, so don’t look for any juicy details. She does say of her on-screen counterpart Maggie Smith, “I love her to death … Intimidating? Certainly not!”

“Downton Abbey” returns to the U.S. airwaves January 2013.

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