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 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Angela Lansbury has been made a Dame in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

About time too !

A terrific actress who has always been a big favourite of mine.

And, in 2014, London will get to see her Madame Arcati in "Blithe Spirit".

Can't wait !

Well done, Dame Angela.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Mikey   (Member)

A grand lady if there ever was one! Congratulations Dame Angela!

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Well, it's about time...

She's certainly deserved it long enough.

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Maybe NOW some enterprising studio will release her "Something For Everyone" on DVD! (I've given up hoping they'll release it on Blu-ray!)

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

That's a terrible movie.

Angela Lansbury strutting around, acting like a snotty gay man.

Hal Prince is a genius with stagework, but was never a very good film director.

It's just too arch for me....

(And, I'm sure this is opening up the field for some punny remarks, I'm sure, given my last name...)

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2013 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I've been lucky to see Dame Angela on stage several times, in MAME, DEAR WORLD, and SWEENEY TODD.

She was brilliant in all 3. She carried DEAR WORLD into a different dimension, and made something of it that the musical version really wasn't. SWEENEY TODD was marvelous, with her swaying between comedy, melodrama, and, yes, even pathos at times.

But it's MAME where she really shone. MAME gathered up all her sophistication and inner sweetness, and made her a star of the first order. I'll never forget the crowds blocking traffic on 7th Ave. every night, just to catch a glimpse of her leaving the Winter Garden Theatre, or, best yet, with an autograph... In that role, she was incandescent.

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2014 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

And yet they chose Lucille Ball to star in the movie version of "Mame" -- and see what a mistake THAT miscasting was! And I find Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" unwatchable and much prefer my DVD of the Los Angeles production Angela did with George Hearn, although the original cast (audio) recording she did with Len Cariou is timeless!

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