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Angela Lansbury on her early days as a Hollywood actress: "I wasn't very good at being a starlet. I didn't want to pose for cheesecake photos and that kind of thing. It was very difficult."


"I tried to fit in, but I really wasn't cut out for it. I don't know what I did wrong. Maybe I didn't sleep with enough people. I think that had something to do with it. I really do. Maybe I didn't play Louis B. Mayer the way I might have." And on Jessica Fletcher, her Murder, She Wrote character: "I wanted her to be real. I didn't want to have to put on any kind of veneer for 24 hours a day, which is what a television schedule sometimes feels like. I'm not as smart as Jessica, but I'm intuitive and sensitive the way she is. If you're sensitive, I've found, you can pick up what you need as you go along." [NYTimes]

And just because it is my very favorite:

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Has anyone seen her workout video? Yes, she has one! It's called "Angela Lansbury's Positive Moves" (currently unavailable from amazon: []). We had a copy in my senior year house in college. If I recall correctly, there were many chair-based exercises as well as a portion where Angela speaks to us while taking a bubble bath surrounded by candles. It's kind of amazing.