Angela Lansbury Quotes

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!

Mystery is something that appeals to most everybody.

My daughter used to sit and watch Murder She Wrote. I tried to watch with her but I fell asleep.

The theater is magical and addictive.

Actors are not made they are born.

I very seldom said no and I was aided and abetted by my husband who realized that the one thing I could do was to be a very good actress by his note.

I'm the bionic woman. I have a very strong constitution and I take excruciatingly good care of myself.

Clint Eastwood is an extraordinary director because he knows the value of a buck. He knows where it will show on the screen.

I don't think about going back to the theater.

Better to be busy than to be busy worrying.

I'm not going to be dancing with the stars at this stage in my life. But I want to dance and bop around and I did and I can.

It was an extraordinary experience to have backup singers like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I have never experienced anything quite like it before and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

You just have to be open and ready and let it all happen.

I've worked with the greatest actors and they're all gone. This is what's so desperate to me.

Louis B. Mayer and I got along like a house afire. He never chased me around his desk or tried anything with me. Of course he never gave me any good parts either.

The collaboration really begins once the rehearsal starts. This is when the actor takes his place because he becomes the one who is going to bring the words of the author off the page.

The Manchurian Candidate was the most important movie I was in let's face it.

They're great devotees of Noel Coward in England of course he's a favorite son and so to play Coward in London is such fun and anyway the role is such a crazy lady. I just love doing that.

Believe me it jabs you. When you're on the side of buses and New York loves you you love to go out there every night. It's like a race. Curtain opens out you go and New York is yours.

I never regretted what I turned down.

I can't say that I deserve longlife; I don't. I've just been around long enough. They say "My God she's still here.

My memory about names and places now is dreadful. But lines I can remember.

Well oddly enough I liken the years at MGM and I was there for about eight years to doing stock what we used to call repertory or stock playing a whole bunch of different roles.

I have never directed. But I think I could. I have thought about it. I'm a bit long in the tooth to start.

I'm Angie to everybody you've got to learn.

... because lifestyles are changing constantly the rules of etiquette are changing too -- a little slower than lifestyles perhaps but still changing.

The purpose of etiquette is to provide an easy set of rules which we can follow when we are in a hurry and want to make sure that we do not give offense to anybody.

Everything I did actually helped to build the revenue shall we say of experience which enabled me to play a variety of roles as I got older.

The older I get the more I realize how much I have missed because I was so busy entertaining that audience and so busy pursuing a career.

All I knew how to do was to act. That's the only thing I had in my favor. That was the thing that propelled me forward.

The thing I always say is that I wasn't going out reaching for roles I wasn't fighting for roles - people came to me. They always came to me.

I played the Piccadilly Theater with "Gypsy" and also the Old Vic and I've done other shows in London but not for 40 years.

Here I am I still go on you know like the tides.

I can't say that I pursued a career. I really didn't it just sort of happened.

When I opened up in "Gaslight " for instance playing that narky maid that all came about from my experience and my training up to that point and so nothing was wasted.

A sitcom. I hate that word.

I think of myself as a journeyman actress. I will attempt almost anything that I think that I can bring off. It could be almost anything.

I really wanted to go back to the theater the live theater. That was the thing I had never had a chance to do even though I had trained to be a stage actress.

We all have levels of performance.

I made about 56 movies I think. Not that many.

I'd been out of the movies for years I had had a wonderful stage career yes in musicals and so on but you don't really make any money in the theater.

You learn the values that are inherent in the scene that the writer has written. You learn about who you as a character are in relation to those others who are working with you within that scene.