Angela Lansbury had been a working actress for over twenty years when she got her first starring role, as Mame Dennis in the musical Mame in 1966. The show ran for two years and won her a Tony Award. I suspect no one had thought of her as a song-and-dance girl; lyricist Jerry Herman had been hoping to get Judy Garland, then 44, but her management apparently thought Judy wasn’t up to it, and the role fell to 42-year-old Angela.
Can she sum up a seven-decade career in ten minutes? Let’s see:
Though frankly, I could listen to her all day.
(Number of times I’ve seen Bedknobs and Broomsticks: eleven.)