When she was 17, Dame Angela Lansbury quit her job at a department store to take a part in a movie, as 17-year-olds are wont to do. She played a young maid to Ingrid Bergman’s character in Gaslight, a film that garnered seven Oscar nominations and two wins, including one for Best Actress for Bergman. It’s the typical tale of a young actress trying to make it big and having to struggle, role after role after role after role, to hold her own on screen with the most celebrated actors in the world, on Oscar-winning film after Oscar-winning film.
She’s now 93 years old and has been in the business for nearly eight decades, dominating the big screen, the small screen and the stage.
For this episode of Pop Rocket, we felt it important to give Dame Lansbury’s career a discussion worthy of the legend that she is, and we couldn’t do it by ourselves. We needed to bring in the biggest Fangelas we could find outside of her immediate family: April Wolfe and S.A. Smythe, two individuals that get positively giddy noting which Murder She Wrote episodes comment on on colonialism and the prison industrial complex.
You guys, this is such a great episode, and that’s not even including everyone’s All Abouts!
April: Gayle King’s interview with R. Kelly
Solange’s new album When I Get Home
Season 8 Game of Thrones trailer
The Big Family Cooking Showdown
That’s My Jam
Margaret: Solange – Binz
Karen: What is the Time, Dirty Projectors
April: Marlene Dietrich – Such Trying Times
S.A. Smythe: Angela Lansbury – Till the Clouds Roll By
Guy: Leaving Neverland
With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh,
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In this episode...
- S.A. Smythe
- April Wolfe
About the show
Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic, and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what’s most exciting in pop culture this week.
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