Angela Lansbury Lays Down The Law on Murder She Wrote Remake

Angela Lansbury. Photo by Terry Richardson

Angela Lansbury.  God love her!  I think, like most actresses her age, she’s been there, done that and seen enough to comfortably tell it like it is without the worry of any form of backlash.  I guess it’s why she’s come out against NBC’s idea to remake the iconic classic 80’s murder mystery series Murder She Wrote that made her a household name.

While she’s not so much against the idea of a remake, calling it ‘Murder She Wrote‘ is a big mistake according to the legendary star who spoke recently with The Guardian.  “I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”

Lansbury, who starred in the show from it’s start in 1984 to 1996, earned 12 consecutive Emmy nominations for her role as writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher so it’s no surprise she’s somewhat sensitive when it comes to the talk of the shows ‘re-invention’.

I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote,” Lansbury said, “because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person

So I’m sorry that they have to use the title – even though they have access to it and it’s their right.”

Good on ya Angie!