Shirley MacLaine felt the heat on Downton Abbey set

Actress Shirley Maclaine got costume designers on the set of Downton Abbey to incorporate a hand fan into her outfit so she could keep cool during a scorching summer heatwave. The Oscar winner plays aristocratic Martha Levinson in the hit period drama, but she was left struggling to stay cool when a special festive episode of the show was shot in July (13).
The U.K. was basking in a record-breaking run of hot weather at the time, and MacLaine was so desperate to keep her body temperature down, producers allowed her to cling on to a hand fan as part of Levinson’s costume.
She tells British newspaper The Sun, “How about those costumes in 91 degrees (Fahrenheit)? That was no fun. I had a fan as my constant companion. We ended up adding it to Martha’s costume because I couldn’t do without it.”

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