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Angela Lansbury Talks Bucks County Playhouse, Bette Davis & Beyond

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Angela Lansbury Talks Bucks County Playhouse, Bette Davis & BeyondBroadway and Hollywood icon Angela Lansbury discusses her history with the Bucks County Playhouse in honor of her starry salute tonight at the vaunted theatrical venue and also shares some stories about her legendary career onstage and onscreen as part of a new interview.

Recounting her recent tour of DRIVING MISS DAISY opposite fellow octogenarian stalwart James Earl Jones and how she maintains her resiliency, Lansbury offers, "Driving Miss Daisy is an enormous part, and there was no problem at all with that. I always say that one's brain is trained at an early age. It has a compartment that retains the words as long as you use it. The minute you stop packing new words into it, it falls apart."

Remarking on recent news that she would receive an honorary Academy Award for her remarkable career, Lansbury reflects that she probably prefers that be the case versus having taken home the trophy for any of her nominations, dating back to her memorable supporting turn in GASLIGHT to THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and beyond.

"It's very difficult to find a role after you win an Oscar," Lansbury astutely observes.

"A lot of people turn down, turn down, turn down because they're afraid it won't measure up, and then end up not doing anything," she asserts.

Additionally, Lansbury says she and Bette Davis shared a similar work ethic while working on mystery classic DEATH ON THE NILE - and it is, indeed, the best advice of all.

"Get on with the job, learn our lines, know what we're doing in our scenes, and play them," Lansbury reveals is the secret to success for any performer, stage or screen - and, she would certainly know after all!

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.