Friday 24 January 2020

Show goes on after garden mishap for Lansbury

Angela Lansbury with Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House at the screening of 'Driving Miss Daisy' at the Grainstore, Ballymaloe, last night. Picture: Provision
Angela Lansbury with Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House at the screening of 'Driving Miss Daisy' at the Grainstore, Ballymaloe, last night. Picture: Provision
Angel Lansbury and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy

Ralph Riegel

Hollywood legend and long-time east Cork resident, Angela Lansbury (88), defied a nasty garden accident that left her with a thigh fracture to attend a local theatre event and speak fondly of her deep love for Ireland and its people.

The British-born actress was speaking as she was guest of honour at the Irish screening of one of her most famous stage performances.

Ms Lansbury attended a sold-out screening of a filmed version of 'Driving Miss Daisy: The Play', at Ballymaloe Grainstore.

Four days ago she fell in her garden and sustained a hairline fracture of her thigh, leaving her reliant on a wheelchair.

But she still insisted on attending the Cork event as she expressed relief that she hadn't broken her hip.

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

"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," she added.

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

One of her passions now is savouring a hot cup of Barry's Tea - a habit picked when she first moved to Cork 40 years ago.

While best known for her long-running TV series 'Murder, She Wrote', Ms Lansbury also enjoyed a glittering film and theatre career. She won five Tony awards and six Golden Globes.

Irish Independent

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