Saturday 3 December 2016

Murder She Wrote star Angela Lansbury to be honoured at Dublin International Film Festival

Published 14/01/2016 | 07:50

Angela Lansbury feels like Ireland is her sanctuary
Angela Lansbury feels like Ireland is her sanctuary

Hollywood legend and long-time east Cork resident, Angela Lansbury (90), will conduct a unique public question-and-answer session about her stellar career and her abiding love of Ireland when she accepts a major award at the Dublin International Film Festival.

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The actress, who was based in Conna and Ballycotton in east Cork for over 40 years, will next month accept the Volta Award at a lavish evening at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

The award will be presented on February 21 to Ms Lansbury by President Michael D Higgins.

But the actress has agreed to a major public interview - and for the Dublin theatre audience to be allowed put their own questions to her about her films, her career and her time in Ireland.

As solving murder mysteries went, Angela Lansbury (aka Jessica Fletcher) was the queen.
As solving murder mysteries went, Angela Lansbury (aka Jessica Fletcher) was the queen.

Dublin Film Festival director Grainne Humphreys said having Ms Lansbury attend the festival and accept the Volta award was an enormous honour.

"She is a legend whose first films were the classics such as Gaslight and A Picture of Dorian Gray ... creating an indelible impression on world cinema," she said.

Ms Lansbury said some of the happiest memories of her life involve Ireland.

"I find it (Ireland) an extraordinarily warm and comfortable place to live.

angela lansbury
angela lansbury

"I am left alone there (Ballycotton). People meet me on the street and say: 'Hello, how are you?' I say, 'I'm grand, how are you?' I find it very relaxing and warm.

"I love Ireland for that reason … I always have and I always will," she added.

The actress now spends an increasing amount of time in the US for family reasons but keeps her contacts with east Cork where she moved from California in the 1970s.

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