I suppose we all have our favorite actors and actresses.  Angela Lansbury’s talent has captured and held my attention throughout my life.  On this day in 1944 she made her film début in the popular film “Gaslight” at the tender age of 18.

I was put under contract. A major studio. I got nominated for an Academy Award. Isn’t that ridiculous? I mean, at the age of 18!  – Angela Lansbury

This film is a mystery-thriller adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play by the same name about a woman who fears that her husband murdered her aunt as she is driven insane.  It was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotton.

Lansbury arrived in the U.S. in 1940.  She landed the important role of house maid Nancy and absolutely nailed it – it was clear that she was as good an actress as the established stars she worked with, and in fact earned an Academy Award nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role.

To labor is to pray.  – Motto of the Benedictines

Even though the movie was made two decades before I was born, the character of Nancy the maid holds my interest.  The intrigue and mystery are as intense today as it was the first time I watched it when I was just a little girl.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.  – Alfred Hitchcock

Angela Lansbury has enjoyed much success in her career and at age 89 she is still working on the London stage!  She continues to shine as brightly today as she did back in the mid 1940’s.

As I write this post I’m enjoying her performance as “Jessica Fletcher” in “Murder, She Wrote”.  I have all of the DVD’s and watch them often.

I wish Angela Lansbury many more years of continued success.  May her big blue eyes never lose their twinkle!  🙂