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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Happy birthday, Angela Lansbury

The great Angela Lansbury turns 85 this weekend (Saturday, to be exact), and in celebration of her long and remarkable career, here’s a little interview in which she talks about “Gaslight.” Lansbury, at 17, made her screen debut in this 1944 melodrama, and though it’s been a few years since she’s made a movie, her acting career is still in full swing nearly seven decades later. (She recently completed two Broadway runs: “Blithe Spirit” in 2009, “A Little Night Music” in 2009-2010.) In “Gaslight,” a remarkably poised Lansbury plays a young and mildly spooky parlormaid in the household of a mysterious couple: a wife (Ingrid Bergman) haunted by a murder; a husband (Charles Boyer) who may well be trying to drive her mad. In this interview, which also includes several clips from “Gaslight,” Lansbury talks about what she learned from director George Cukor, celebrating her 18th birthday on the set, learning an essential rule about actor behavior, and how this movie was “the key that opened a thousand doors.”

And with that, I’m off for this sunny weekend. Can’t wait for the “Mad Men” finale Sunday night; we’ll discuss Monday. (All I know about the episode is its title: “Tomorrowland.” Hmmmm . . . )

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