"In early 2006, I spotted a biography of Angela Lansbury in the Illac Library and a few hours later realized that the star of Murder She Wrote spent a lot of her summers in Cork, and a few months later in July – I was introducing her onstage in the Irish Film Institute for a Public Interview with Myles Dungan to the first of many standing ovations. She stayed in Dublin for a couple of days and we walked across the city to shouts of ‘Jessica, Jessica Fletcher  – each one greeted like a friend… We visited the Yeats exhibition in the National Gallery and ate sushi and had dinner and lots and lots of tea and she told the most incredible stories about Old Hollywood and modern Broadway and always with that smile.
 
  Ten years later, I invited her back to Dublin for the 2006 Dublin International Film Festival from her LA home to accept our Volta Career Achievement Award at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. She was incredibly generous with her time spending hours with the students in the Lir who listened to her stories about getting started and her experiences working with a long list of great directors and playwrights of her career. But it was her spellbinding interview with Aedin Gormley which came to mind when I heard the news last night. Two hours which covered an incredible career, wonderful anecdotes told with fun and mischief and then the inevitable tears as we heard her sing Tale As Old as Time. 
 
 Knowing how much she loved her tea, when I saw her last I gave her a very special teapot to thank her for coming to the festival, for Eleanor Iselin, Jessica Fletcher, Mrs Lovett, for everything she gave us as audiences. Ever polite, she insisted on opening the box and said it was perfect..." 
 
 Thank you Angela Lansbury