Angela Lansbury relocated her family after her daughter met and fell for Charles Manson

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By Asiya Ali

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Angela Lansbury, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 96, previously revealed that she moved her family across the Atlantic for the sake of her daughter's well-being.

The iconic Murder, She Wrote actress explained in a 2014 interview that, while based in Los Angeles, her then-teenage daughter Dierdre fell in with a crowd that was led by Charles Manson.

In 1969, the twisted cult leader orchestrated a string of killings that were carried out by his "family" of young followers. He ordered them to kill nine people, including actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time.

Speaking to the Daily Mail eight years ago, the Beauty and the Beast star said that her daughter - who is now 69 - was "fascinated" by Manson.

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Angela Lansbury and daughter Deidre. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

"There were factions up in the hills above Malibu that were dedicated to deadly pursuit," Lansbury said. "It pains me to say it but, at one stage, Deidre was in with a crowd led by Charles Manson."

"She was one of many youngsters who knew him - and they were fascinated. He was an extraordinary character, charismatic in many ways, no question about it," she added.

After seeing how Manson affected her daughter, the Bedknobs and Broomsticks actress told her husband Peter Shaw that they "had to leave," so the family moved from LA to County Cork, Ireland.

"We upped sticks and moved the family to a house I found in County Cork," Lansbury said. "I was drawn to Ireland because it was the birthplace of my mother, and it was also somewhere my children wouldn't be exposed to any more bad influences."

"I still have a house there which I try and visit at least once a year. So I refused all work for a year and simply kept house," she added. "It was a wonderful time in my life."

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The Gaslight actress - who put her career on hold for a few years - said that it took Dierde a while to drop her "bad habits," but after meeting with her future husband, everything changed.

The actress' daughter is now married to Enzo Battarra and moved back to Los Angeles eventually. The pair opened an Italian restaurant, which has since closed, according to the Independent.

Lansbury's timing was fortunate, as, in 1969, three members of the Manson family murdered four others in cold blood at four locations in July and August 1969. Later, he ended up spending the rest of his life in jail, dying at age 83 in 2017.

"Certainly, I have no doubt we would have lost one or both of our two if they hadn't been removed to a completely different milieu, the simplicity of life in Ireland," she noted. "We were so very, very lucky we spotted what was happening just in time."

The London-born actress died "peacefully in her sleep" on October 11, according to her family. Throughout her career, she won five outstanding Tony Awards and in 2009, she was given the award for her performance as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

Our thoughts continue to go out to her family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

Angela Lansbury relocated her family after her daughter met and fell for Charles Manson

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By Asiya Ali

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Angela Lansbury, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 96, previously revealed that she moved her family across the Atlantic for the sake of her daughter's well-being.

The iconic Murder, She Wrote actress explained in a 2014 interview that, while based in Los Angeles, her then-teenage daughter Dierdre fell in with a crowd that was led by Charles Manson.

In 1969, the twisted cult leader orchestrated a string of killings that were carried out by his "family" of young followers. He ordered them to kill nine people, including actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time.

Speaking to the Daily Mail eight years ago, the Beauty and the Beast star said that her daughter - who is now 69 - was "fascinated" by Manson.

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Angela Lansbury and daughter Deidre. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

"There were factions up in the hills above Malibu that were dedicated to deadly pursuit," Lansbury said. "It pains me to say it but, at one stage, Deidre was in with a crowd led by Charles Manson."

"She was one of many youngsters who knew him - and they were fascinated. He was an extraordinary character, charismatic in many ways, no question about it," she added.

After seeing how Manson affected her daughter, the Bedknobs and Broomsticks actress told her husband Peter Shaw that they "had to leave," so the family moved from LA to County Cork, Ireland.

"We upped sticks and moved the family to a house I found in County Cork," Lansbury said. "I was drawn to Ireland because it was the birthplace of my mother, and it was also somewhere my children wouldn't be exposed to any more bad influences."

"I still have a house there which I try and visit at least once a year. So I refused all work for a year and simply kept house," she added. "It was a wonderful time in my life."

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Credit: World History Archive / Alamy

The Gaslight actress - who put her career on hold for a few years - said that it took Dierde a while to drop her "bad habits," but after meeting with her future husband, everything changed.

The actress' daughter is now married to Enzo Battarra and moved back to Los Angeles eventually. The pair opened an Italian restaurant, which has since closed, according to the Independent.

Lansbury's timing was fortunate, as, in 1969, three members of the Manson family murdered four others in cold blood at four locations in July and August 1969. Later, he ended up spending the rest of his life in jail, dying at age 83 in 2017.

"Certainly, I have no doubt we would have lost one or both of our two if they hadn't been removed to a completely different milieu, the simplicity of life in Ireland," she noted. "We were so very, very lucky we spotted what was happening just in time."

The London-born actress died "peacefully in her sleep" on October 11, according to her family. Throughout her career, she won five outstanding Tony Awards and in 2009, she was given the award for her performance as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.

Our thoughts continue to go out to her family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy