Why Hasn''t Angela Lansbury Written Her Autobiography?
What the fuck is she waiting for?? Gay husband, kids on drugs, and running with Charles Manson. She''s 86 years old, and could use the funds, not to mention the publicity. She could me dead in a month. What''s the holdup??
"She could use the funds"\
Ever heard of Murder, She Wrote"?
Running with Charles Manson???
She had a gay husband?
R2, Her daughter hung out with Charles Manson in the 60''s. I think her daughter is kind of nuts. R3 She married a guy back in the 40''s and he was in the closet. Most likely he was one of those lunatics who claimed he was really bisexual. They eventually got a divorcee because obliviously it was an issue. Also, she is loaded from her TV series and various Broadway shows. Sweeney Todd was a big Broadway hit.
From IMDb bio:%0D\
[quote]After filming Baby Face Morgan (1942), he joined the Coast Guard and served for two years. Returning to civilian life, he settled comfortably into his art work -- ceramics and pottery, in particular. By chance, he met promising young British actress Angela Lansbury who was 16 years his junior and raking up Oscar nominations over at MGM with superb work in Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). The couple eloped in September of 1945 but the marriage was over almost before it began. They separated within a few months and were divorced before the year was out. Unbeknownst to the outside world at the time, Richard''s latent homosexuality was the undoing factor here. Cromwell and Lansbury continued a sincere, respectful friendship after their divorce.%0D\
The Martin Gottfried book BALANCING ACT is an authorized biography.
She''s not the woman her public persona would have you believe. If she wrote a truthful autobiography, the cognitive dissonance would be more than the kids at ATC could handle. If she just peddled a lie... well, what''s the point of duplicating her acting style?
I have a friend who worked with her on a project. Claims that she is the nastiest woman he ever met in the entertainment industry.
I thought it was her brother Broadway producer Edgar Lansbury who was suspect....
She''s far from the nastiest woman in show biz, but she''s a true survivor in a tough business. Now into her 8th decade in the business, she can defend her interests. To be sure.
Edgar I know. He''s a peach.
I have two friends who worked with her who have only good things to say about her. She can be quite form about what she will or won''t do, but she is professional and never nasty. Another friend said she is quite kind, hard working and notably classy.
She screwed my friend out of a large sum of money. So yeah, she a survivor who can look after her own interest at the expense of others.
R14, you just can''t post that and not go into details.
Sweeney Todd was NOT a hit on broadway, it didn''t make money on broadway. It might have on tour but def not in the initial run.
Because some people, who have a modicum of class and good breeding, don''t feel the need to "bare all" for the titilation of the masses. Some things are no one else''s business and should remain secret. Do you tell everyone, everything about yourself without reservation? Why should she?
She most certainly does not need the money
Uhhh, her second husband, Peter Shaw, was gay, too. They had the kids together but still. Shaw was an incredibly beautiful looking man.
There is no story R15 R8/14 is full of shit. Lansbury''s kids are fine R2. Both of them ran around briefly with people in Manson''s group, but so did a number of other industry people during that time.
Someone once tried to write her biography, but he was murdered the day before he was to send the book, a tell-all that named names, to his publisher. His maid found him face down on his computer with a knife in his back. Angie tried to solve the case, but it came to a dead end.
The story is that she had an option on a book he had written. There was supposed to be payment for writing he would do (treatments, etc.) in the service of her getting a film from the book produced. She was very demanding, so he did a lot of work on this and she reneged on making the contracted payments.
Oh, please. Her son was so involved with the Manson family, Angie had to smuggle him out of America and into Ireland. She feared for her son''s life.
I loved her in "Lace."
Which one of you bitches is my mother?
R23, from what I''ve read, she didn''t smuggle him. She moved the family to Ireland when he was a teen, she said, to get him away from drug influences. There was a season or so of MSW filmed in Ireland and England while she was living there.
She then smuggled him into France while she was filming "Mrs. Arris Goes to Paris."
Maybe she could reveal that she''s five years older than she claims?
She smuggled her son into Costa Rica when they went on a family vacation. No real need, they just thought it was a gas to smuggle him everywhere!
All I know is that Jerry Herman was straight until he had to work with Angie in Mame.
And then to Nazi Germany . . . on a flying bed!
Am I the only gay person that couldn''t care less about Angela Lansbury?
Lansbury moved to Ireland in the late ''60s/early ''70s.%0D\
They only filmed a couple of episodes of MSW in Ireland
"Her son was a follower of Charles Manson''s gang. After the Sharon Tate murders, she thought it best to get him out of the country. She took him to Ireland to help him with his drug problems."
Having kids in a cult, let alone the Manson Family, is not the same as running with them.
I heard there''s an Angela Alert for the TSA. Agents are under strict orders to allow Ms. Lansbury through security while they completely ignore the ''Are we there yet, Ma? Huh? Are we there?'' sounds made by the middle-aged child she has stuffed under her skirt.
Her son ended up as one of the producers of MSW.
It was her daughter who''d run away to the Manson family, not her son. I had the first edition of Helter Skelter and it was in the book. Landsbury had all references removed in further editions.
r22, those are the brakes, kid. That''s how Hollywood rolls. Your friend is just sour grapes.\
And for God''s sake, it''s not like her son was Manson himself.
I googled Lansbury Manson and a thread from earlier this year came up.\
Another article came up about it, but my company has it blocked.
That thread at R42 has only 3 posts on it - the original question about Lansbury''s kids and Manson, and 2 replies. Reply 1 says it was her daughter Deirdre who was linked to Manson, and Reply 2 says both Deirdre and son Anthony were big heroin addicts (which is why she took them to Ireland and away from LA).%0D\
Anthony did become a producer/director on MSW about 20 years later....
There is so much misinformation in this thread my head has gone into a lavender haze.
Marian dear, that haze is from the stroke you had a year or so back. It''s why you can''t act anymore....
She went to Ireland long before MSW. She was living back in the States when she began that series.
She''s been too busy with her career.
She''s been too busy gettin'' her pussy licked.
R4, she may be loaded, have all those assets, but she''s still an insecure, needy actress who won''t stop acting (for the APPLAUSE, the LOVE) until they have to drag her off the stage.\
And I should know!
Bette Davis'' Eyes
All the bitchin and moanin that ham of a gargoyle has done over being passed over for the film version of MAME is just camouflage because she wouldn''t have done it anyway if she were even asked at the time because she was in Ireland protecting her children from Manson''s reach, both physical and psychological.
Or maybe she found retirement boring
I have heard she is a super nice lady. Mr. Blackwell once said that if he wasn''t gay he would have gone after Angela because he considered her a super sweet and kind human being. Someone on Dl in the past said she made sure actors she knew who were older and who couldn''t get work anymore get some acting parts on her show. As I recall, someone on DL in the past also said, Madlyn Rhue was an out of work actress who was suffing from multiple sclerosis,and had no health insurance. Angela got Madlyn Rhue on her show to do some parts so Madlyn Rhue could get insurance again.
Whatever happened to Tony? After he got dumped by Carly and found out the baby wasn''t even his he kind of became pathetic and faded away. I know Carly shot him but he lived.
Angie brought back many of her old Metro pals for cameos on Murder She Wrote!
Kathryn Grayson, who has never had her own DL thread
When MAME was being filmed, Angie was holed up in Ireland with the kids so that they could all escape being subpoenaed by the LA County District Attorney. %0D\
Wouldn''t that have been a pretty picture! Miss Lansbury on the witness stand in the Sharon Tate murders, telling all she knew about the Manson family and explaining why she let her teen-aged daughter travel with that obviously sick bastard.%0D\
I''d love to have read the chapter where she got fucked by Andrew Stevens.
R55: Damn, that would have been television gold! I know her son was also involved with Manson because I remember Angie speaking about it in an interview of Youtube. I tried to find it again, but I was unsuccessful.
I once read a couple of online gossip sites that Angle Lansbury had a sexual affair with Elvis when they were in a movie together.
R8, as I live and breathe! It''s been so long. I see you''re still a slandering asshole.
Friend of Seth and Amos
Her first husband (the gay one), actor Richard Cromwell, was a real cute twink back in the day. He was groomed to be the "next big thing" but it didn''t happen. This picture of him from one of his movies is a scream (see link)
R55 is full of shit. Neither one of her kids were actual followers on Manson, nor were they ever going to be questioned. They were friendly with members of his group. A lot of the "family" were dealing to a number of famous people and kids of famous people.
Is it true that after the Tate murders were done and the Family had left, it was Angie who went to the house and wrote "Pig" on the door in Sharon''s blood to throw cops off the track and make them believe it was a Satanic killing?
r25, your timing is way off. Murder She Wrote was never filmed in England and Ireland (except, perhaps, for some location shooting). The series was filmed at Universal Studios, and Lansbury had moved back to LA by that point. Her departure to Ireland was in the early 1970s. She did GYPSY in England, and then came back to the states with that show, and stayed (1974-75).
[quote]They eventually got a divorcee because obliviously it was an issue.\
It must have been a gay divorcee that they got obliviously. Did they wake up one morning and say "Oh my God, we''ve got a divorcee in our house"?
Is it true that Lansbury actually detested "Murder, She Wrote" and the Jessica Fletcher character, but stayed with the show all those years because her sense of guilt about not doing more to prevent the Manson murders found some comfort in portraying a perfect crime-stopper week after week?
R65, that was also her reason for doing the cheap revival of "Mame" in ''83 - Manson survivor guilt.
[quote]She then smuggled him into France while she was filming "Mrs. Arris Goes to Paris."
She then smuggled him into The North Pole while she was filming "Mrs. Santa Claus."
r67, I was thinking Steven Tyler. Wow, that's a major wrinklefest she has going on.
OP, perhaps she is not a fame whore. Lansbury has been in the public eye for over half a century - she received her first Oscar nomination at the age of 18 in 1944 for 'Gaslight'.
Perhaps she doesn't feel the need for more attention when she has had it all her life.
She and her daughter look like they had special effects make-up on their faces to play the monsters from the THRILLER video. yikes.
No happy woman writes her memoirs.
Angela knowing the Manson family is just so fun!!
"and no wonder with the price of meat, what it is, when you get it. Good you got it."
R73 how the hell do you know she could use the funds??? You sound ridiculous. Angela Lansbury has an amazing body of work, she's worked with the best of the best. Not everyone is a media whore and willing to tell their private business. Sounds like YOU could use the funds
huh? I was talking meat pies? not money r74!
She definitely doesn't need the funds. She is a multi-millionaire. And she is 86 and will be 87 in October. I doubt she feels she needs more money at this stage of life.
The 86 year old Angela Lansbury is so great she will skip 87 and go right to 88!
zero Oscars, zero emmys
But 5 Tonys, Meryl, so she's got you beat at something.
And I've got you beat at the Oscars.
musical theatre doesn't count
M (Mama Mia was for the money)
She must have been tough to have taken her kids off to Ireland for several years when they (or he - her son presumably) had drug problems, though that would not work in the Ireland of today.
Theres tons of drugs in Ireland now, even in the small village I grew up in and still sometimes visit ...
with internet and cable tv channels kids there now are like kids everywhere else - my nephew of 16 has his own laptop and internet connection, so taking your kids over there to avoid the drug scene just would not happen now.
Also, people generally only write their autobio when they need to replenish their coffers, or are down on their luck - Angela should be quite comfortably off and obviously has no need to. She should though have some great stories as she must have worked with just about everyone ...
I am currently reading the new Manson biography and in the early days of Charlie building his "family", Angela Lansbury's daughter was involved. The gook says she never left home to live with Charlie's group, but Charlie and a the girls met her after school to shop, since she had a credit card that was paid by Angela.
The book said they bought clothes and auto parts for their vehicles. Angela ended up canceling the credit cards and then Charlie had no use for the kid anymore.
I still have a few chapters to go until Helter Skelter comes down, so I don't know if the Lansbury family will re-enter the story again.
The book is outstanding so far. I've enjoyed learning about how the historic events shaped Charlie's attitudes, and how his experiences shaped the events we all heard about. For example, Charlie took a Dale Carnegie course in prison, and also studied Scientology, as well as getting advice from pimps who were locked up.
Charlie walked out of years of prison right into the Summer of Love in the Haight, right when the tide was turning in the opposite direction. He was incredibly racist and sexist, and knew exactly what he was doing when he recruited his followers.