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Lansbury (88) defies thigh fracture to attend film night

HOLLYWOOD legend and long-time Irish resident Angela Lansbury defied a nasty garden accident that left her in a wheelchair to enjoy a night at the cinema.

Although in pain, the star told of her deep love for Ireland and its people.

British-born Ms Lansbury (88) was speaking as guest of honour at a screening of one of her most famous stage performances.

Ms Lansbury attended a sold-out screening of Driving Miss Daisy: The Play at the Ballymaloe Grainstore.

But the actress suffered a fall in her garden four days ago which resulted in a hairline thigh fracture. The veteran of 72 films told the Herald she was just relieved she had not broken her hip in the freak fall, and insisted on attending her night out in Cork.

To mark her appearance, the stage, film and TV star also hosted a special question and answer session about her long career.


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

"I am left alone there in 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."

Ms Lansbury also admitted that one of her passions was savouring a 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, which has shattered US records with more than 300 episodes since 1984, Ms Lansbury has also enjoyed a glittering film and theatre career.

She has won five Tony awards for plays on Broadway, was nominated three times for Academy Awards and has also won six Golden Globe awards.