Saturday, January 04, 2014

There Is Nothing Like a Dame

Dear Angela Lansbury,

Congratulations on being recognized by Queen Elizabeth with the Order of the British Empire. I think that means you are now a Dame! You certainly deserve this honor because of all your work raising so much money for research, scholarships and numerous worthy charities.  But I'm sure your wonderful contributions to the field of entertainment helped you be such a successful fundraiser.

Like so many movie lovers, I've been an avid fan of yours ever since first seeing you in Gaslight; and I want to thank you for the great pleasure your performances on film and television have given me. Although I haven't been fortunate enough to see your live theater work, I love watching YouTube clips of your splendid musical numbers in Mame and Sweeney Todd. You, dear lady, have it all -- the ability to do drama, comedy and musicals equally well.

Angela Lansbury performances among my favorites include your terrifying mother in Manchurian Candidate, your amusing witch in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and your marvelous portrayal of Jessica Fletcher in those terrific "Murder, She Wrote" television episodes, which I watch over and over again.

As a film critic and host of a movie-related radio talk show, I appreciate the professionalism you bring to every project you become involved in. And whenever I see you on screen, I feel a strong sense of admiration that I've wanted to express to you for a very long time.


Betty Jo Tucker 

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