Angela Lansbury

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Quotes (5)

  • Angela Lansbury: I'm a character actress. I can play anything, and my entire career was built on that premise. That's the reason I am what I am today.

  • Angela Lansbury: People find mysteries extremely satisfying. There's a beginning, middle and end. You solve the mystery along with me. Like a crossword puzzle. It's a perfect recipe. Children watch the show with their parents or grandparents. The show is sort of a lollipop.

  • Angela Lansbury: What appealed to me about Jessica Fletcher is that I could do what I do best and have little chance to play - a sincere, down-to-earth woman. Mostly, I've played very spectacular bitches. Jessica has extreme sincerity, compassion, extraordinary intuition. I'm not like her. My imagination runs riot. I'm not a pragmatist. Jessica is.

  • Angela Lansbury: I found that people were helping me across the street. I had to pull myself up the stairs. I began to feel ancient, and I feel very young at heart.

  • Angela Lansbury: I'm in a very enviable position, being able to work like this 45 years later. It's always beginning! I never have a sense of finishing up, just new things beginning. When I die, they're going to carry me off a stage.

Trivia (38)

  • Beginning with the 7th season of her show Murder, She Wrote, she would always announce her plan to bring the show to end during the course of that season but somehow she would change her mind.

  • Murder, She Wrote was not the first time Angela portrayed a detective. She starred as Miss Jane Marple in the 1980 film version of Agatha Christi's The Mirror Crack'd.

  • Angela was one of the speakers at Jerry Orbach's memorial service in 2005.

  • In the 1950s, Peter won custody of his son, David, and then he and Angela agreed that the time had come to bring over the ten-year-old boy. David was born in 1944, while Peter was still married with Mercia Squires, a model he knew in London.

  • Deirdre Angela Shaw was Angela and Peter's second child together, Deirdre was born on April 26, 1953, at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital.

  • Anthony Peter Shaw was Angela and Peter's first child together, Anthony was born on January 7, 1952 in Angela and Peter's home in Encino (San Fernando Valley).

  • In 1998, Angela played the voice of Anastasia's Grandmother in the cartoon movie Anastasia.

  • In the 1980s, when Angela Lansbury decided to get into television, she narrowed her choices down to two potential series. One was a Norman Lear sitcom where she would co-star with Charles Durning. The other was Murder, She Wrote.

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