Movie Star Memories: Angela Lansbury

In this blog series, I’ll describe my impressions of various movie stars I’ve met over the years. Hope you enjoy reading about your favorites, and that you’ll be inspired to check out my Hollywood novel Dream Factory, which is available in both paperback and electronic formats through

I met the graceful Angela Lansbury after she spoke at an event honoring the centennial year of the graceful Ginger Rogers in 2011. It was fun to hear Angela — a major star in her own right who is soon due to receive an honorary Oscar — talk about how she’s a fan of Ginger, my favorite Hollywood star of all.

What struck me most about Angela was her elegance and vitality. A true English lady, Angela spoke with a quit wit and dressed with style. Though she was in her 80s, the only sign of her age was her white hair. In every other way, she appeared much younger. Seeing how energetically she interacted with those of us at the event, I could easily imagine her running across a stage somewhere, as she had done so often before in her long career in live theater (for which she’s probably even better known than for her movie and television roles).

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