Sunday 18 February 2018

Lansbury (90) feeling young at heart as she collects lifetime achievement award

Angela Lansbury at the Dublin Film Festival Photo: Brian McEvoy
Angela Lansbury at the Dublin Film Festival Photo: Brian McEvoy

Eimear Rabbitte

'Murder, She Wrote' star Angela Lansbury can still pull in the crowds as thousands of fans gathered in Dublin to congratulate her on 75 years on stage and screen.

The actress (90) said she was moved by the love shown towards her as she collected the Audi Dublin International Film Festival's Volta award in recognition of her lifetime achievements.

"It makes me feel rather old, but I don't feel old so that's the main thing," the actress said of receiving the award, which was presented to her by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in between his election campaigning around the country..

Ms Lansbury, who describes herself as an "Irish-British actress", said Cork was her home away from home.

"I am just delighted that Ireland would honour me this way and it will be a very revered memento of my life in Ireland and with my audience here. It warms my heart and the memory of it will always be in my heart," she added.

However, the crowds were not nearly as warm to Mr Kenny, who was booed as he presented Ms Lansbury with her award at the Bord Gais Theatre.

Irish Independent

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