Sunday, 16 October 2016
Who could ask for anything more?
"I absolutely do not have a retirement age...I believe age should not stop you from keeping on."
She shares her birthday with a bit of a "mixed bag" of other famous names - including Nobel laureate Günter Grass, organist Reginald Dixon, singers Max Bygraves and Emile Ford, guitarist/songwriter Gary Kemp, orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert, arty chanteuse Nico, fellow actresses Linda Darnell, Suzanne Somers and Carmen Sevilla, soul singer Sugar Pie DeSanto, actor Peter Bowles and, greatest of them all, Mr Oscar Wilde. She's won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an Olivier Award, as well as an Honorary Academy Award. In her eight decade career she's worked with them all, including Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, George Sanders, Judy Garland, Deborah Kerr, Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, Hedy Lamarr, Tony Curtis, Paul Newman, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley - and all this even before landing her memorable turns in the star-studded Agatha Christie adaptations Death On The Nile and The Mirror Crack'd, and her later immortality as TV's "Jessica Fletcher" in Murder She Wrote (in which guest stars dropped like flies)...
Dame Angela Lansbury (for it is she), we salute you!
Here is our adored Premier-League Patron Saint herself, working the boards with another beloved Dame - Julie Andrews - in a magnificent tableau of tributes to the great ladies of showbiz: The Dolly Sisters, Miss Ethel Merman, Miss Helen Morgan, Miss Eleanor Powell, Miss Mae West, Señorita Carmen Miranda, Miss Judy Garland and (ahem) The Rockettes.
It's a tour-de-force, peeps!
Happy birthday, Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury DBE (born 16th October 1925)
Read my tribute on her 90th, and on her 89th, and my blog about our visit to see her in person in Blithe Spirit.
I AM Angela Lansbury...