Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Finds: Angela Lansbury Favorites

These feel like distressing times, and during those times, I tend to turn to comforting entertainment (when I have a chance to). Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury, is one of those entertainments.
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From 1984-1996 (and subsequent TV movies), Lansbury delighted as Jessica Fletcher, novelist and sleuth, whose grace and smarts brought her through her many fictional mysteries. Sometimes, I check out whatever season is available from the library and watch, or just have the show on as I go about my chores. (This article neatly sums up Murder, She Wrote; warning for my gentle readers: the article does contain one F-word.)
Lansbury's career stretches back to 1944, when she appeared in Gaslight, a superb film starring Ingrid Bergman. I also enjoy Lansbury in The Picture of Dorian Grey and The Harvey Girls.
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Later, Lansbury gives a chilling performance in The Manchurian Candidate, proving once again her talent and range. On the more comforting side are her TV movies like The Love She Sought, Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (the heroine of Paris Interlude, Elissa, would love this one!), and The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax.

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Many also know her as the voice of Mrs. Potts in the animated Beauty and the Beast, and a new generation can see her charm in Mary Poppins Returns. I also enjoyed Lansbury in the 2017 adaptation of Little Women (though the adaptation itself isn't a favorite). But it's as Jessica Fletcher that Lansbury captured my affection and admiration. What's your favorite Angela Lansbury film?

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