Monday, June 23, 2008

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury is an English actress who has been in theater, movies, and television since the 1940s.

I'd seen her in some movies from the 1940s, and liked her in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) and Frank Capra's "State of the Union" (1948). But it was her character in 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate" when I really noticed her acting ability. Later, in the 1980s, she had her own tv series, "Murder, She Wrote", in which she played mystery writer Jessica Fletcher who helped to solve 'real-life' murders.

In 1982, I sent this vintage portrait photo to her, at her residence in Los Angeles, and she returned it within one month.

Here is a scene from "The Manchurian Candidate" in which Ms. Lansbury's character describes 'the plot'. Want to know more? - then see the movie! I strongly recommend it especially during this Presidential election year.

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