Sunday 18 March 2018

Ballymaloe fan Angela Lansbury will attend screening of 'Driving Miss Daisy' with Darina and Rachel

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Kirsty Blake Knox

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Oscar-nominated actress Angela Lansbury (88), the star of cult TV series Murder, She Wrote will touch down in Ireland this week to discuss fighting crime, working with Colin Farrell's relationship with Elizabeth Taylor, and attending Oscar parties.

Lansbury is close friends with celebrity chefs Rachel and Darina Allen and will attend a screening of the stage-show version of Driving Miss Daisy at Ballymaloe Grainstore, in which she starred alongside James Earle Jones.

Lansbury is an Irish citizen and has owned a house in 
Ballycotton in east Cork since the 1970s.

She thinks of Ireland as a sanctuary and often talks about her love of Barry's Tea Gold Blend, stating the hot drink gets her "up and running" every morning.

After watching the flick and chatting about the highs and lows of her Hollywood career, Lansbury will take some 
questions from audience members.

"Angela is a big fan of Ballymaloe and has eaten at the Grainstore on several occasions," spokesperson Jamie Monagan told the Herald.

"When she heard they were showing the movie she said she had to come along. There's a lot of excitement."

By any standards, Lansbury has had a pretty extensive film career.

Born in England in 1925, she moved to the States after the outbreak of WWII and landed her first major MGM role in 1944 film Gaslight.

She received her first of three Oscar nominations at the age of 17 and married actor Peter Shaw in 1949.

Lansbury also starred in National Velvet, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and voiced cheerful teapot Mrs Potts in Disney gilm Beauty and the Beast.

But she is probably best known from long running series Murder, She Wrote in which she played the part of Jessica Fletcher.

Lansbury's mother Moyna MacGill was born in Ireland and Lansbury she feels completely at home in Co Cork.


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