Angela Lansbury, who died at the age of 96 on Tuesday, once moved her family from Los Angeles to Ireland to save her daughter, Deidre Shaw, from the clutches of infamous cult leader Charles Manson.
In 1971, Manson was sentenced to death for a series of brutal murders he led “members of his family”, or cult followers, to commit, including the 1969 murder of pregnant movie star Sharon Tate. , the wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski.
Manson did not physically participate in the murders, instead orchestrating his so-called “family” to kill for him. At the time of Manson’s conviction, the death penalty was legal in California, but in 1972 the death penalty was abolished in the state. Manson remained imprisoned until his death in 2017 at the age of 83, after being denied parole 12 times.
As news from The Murder She Wrote The Lansbury star’s death went viral on Tuesday, with a number of fans taking to social media to share their fond memories of the revered actor.
Writer and photographer Christopher Moloney wrote how Manson’s influence on his daughter’s life partly led her to make a major life decision.
“Angela Lansbury told the story of her daughter falling for a Hollywood deadbeat,” Moloney said. tweeted. “He would collect the girl from school and ask her to steal money and food from her parents for him. Worried, Lansbury moved the whole family to Ireland. The guy was Charles Manson.”
In a 2014 interview with the British newspaper The Daily mailLondon-born Lansbury said she moved to County Cork for a year in the 1960s, to save her then-teenage daughter and son, Anthony Shaw, from drug use.
“It started with cannabis, but moved on to heroin,” Lansbury said. “There were factions in the hills above Malibu who were dedicated to murderous pursuits. It pains me to say this but, at one point, Deidre was with a mob led by Charles Manson.
“She was one of many young people who knew him – and they were fascinated. He was an extraordinary character, charismatic in many ways, there’s no doubt about it.
“I told Peter [Shaw, husband]”We have to go,” Lansbury added. I was drawn to Ireland because it was the country of my mother’s birth, and it was also a place where my children would no longer be exposed to bad influences. […]
“So I turned down all work for a year and just kept house. I bought Elizabeth David’s books and learned how to cook properly. It was a wonderful time in my life.”
Discussing the path her children might have taken if she and her husband had not stepped in, Lansbury said: “It fills me with dread. Peter and I had no idea what had happened. But we had no experience with drugs.
“We didn’t know the importance of finding a pipe in a drawer. Why would we know? And when we did, we didn’t know how to help them. that could offer advice to parents of children from good families who used, and sometimes overdosed, drugs. It was like an epidemic.
“Certainly I have no doubt that we would have lost one or both of our two had they not been transferred to a completely different environment, the simplicity of life in Ireland,” Lansbury said.
“In the end, we found a doctor who prescribed methadone, a heroin substitute, which helped with withdrawal symptoms as Anthony and Deidre were weaned off hard drugs. We had so much , very lucky to have spotted what was happening just in time.”