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Angela Lansbury fled Hollywood in 1970 to keep her daughter away from Charles Manson

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Actress Angela Lansbury has died aged 96. The actress who became world famous with the series Arabesque had many ups and downs before finding success in the 80s.

Born on October 16, 1925 in London, into a family of politicians (her grandfather George Lansbury led the Labor Party in the 1930s) and actors, she fled the war for the United States after her father’s death.

It was his mother, an Irish actress, who allowed him through acquaintances to land his first role in “Hantise” (1944), a psychological thriller by George Cukor with Ingrid Bergman. This role of seductive and disturbing servant earned her an Oscar nomination in a supporting role and a seven-year contract at MGM studios. She was then 19 years old.

In 1948, after a first marriage with actor Richard Cromwell, the young woman met Peter Shaw who became her impresario and her husband until his death in 2003. She temporarily slowed down her career after the birth of their two children in 1952 and 1953.

It was then on Broadway that she enjoyed significant success. With “Mame” (1966), a musical comedy about wealthy New Yorkers during the Depression played more than 1,500 times, she won her first Tony Award.

In 1970, she fled Hollywood for the sake of her children

In 1970, she moved with her family to the Irish countryside to save her daughter and son from the influence of drugs, and for her daughter from that of guru Charles Manson as well.

In an interview with the Daily Mail in 2014, Angela Lansbury revealed that her daughter Diedre, now 69, had fallen under the influence of Charles Manson, a musician who became a mass murderer in the 1960s.

In order to protect her daughter and the rest of her family, the actress moved her entire family from their home in Los Angeles to Ireland, where her mother’s family was originally from.

Angela Lansbury said the problems for Diedre and her eldest son Anthony, now 70, began in the 1960s when they got high on drugs.

“It started with cannabis, then heroin”had explained the star.

Their drug use landed her children, who were then just teenagers, in unsavory circles.

“It pains me to say this but, at one point, Deidre was in a band led by Charles Manson.” Like some of Manson’s followers, who would later commit the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders, Diedre was in the guru’s thrall.

“She was one of many young people who knew him and they were all fascinated,” remembered Angela Lansbury. “He was an extraordinary character, charismatic in many ways, there’s no doubt about it.”

After saving her children from drugs, the “Arabesque” series came at the right time. And Angela was a worldwide success.

Angela Lansbury leaves behind three children, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, as well as her brother according to the press release. “A private ceremony for the family will be held on a date to be determined,” added his relatives.