Angela Lansbury vs. Charles Manson: Icon saved her teenage daughter from a sociopath as she struggled with drugs

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: British-American actress Angela Lansbury, who died at the age of 96 on October 11, once spoke openly about her children’s drug use as they were fresh out of high school. The celeb also opened up about how she had to free her daughter from the grip of notorious mass murderer Charles Manson. In a March 2014 interview, Lansbury opened up about how her biological children, Anthony and Diedre, started using drugs in their early teens.

“It started with cannabis, but moved on to heroin. There were factions in the hills above Malibu that were dedicated to murderous pursuits,” she told the Daily Mail. hurts 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 to well Fearing the kind of trouble her daughter might get into if she remained in Manson’s circle, the actress and her late husband, Peter, made the decision to go to Ireland in order to help their children stop using drugs.

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Lansbury explained: “‘I said to Peter, ‘We have to go.’ So we raised the sticks and moved the family to a house I found in County Cork I was drawn to Ireland because it was my mother’s birthplace and it was also a place where my children would no longer be exposed to bad influences.The actress admitted that while in Ireland she learned to cook and avoided acting work for a year. and her agent husband luckily pulled it off.Their son Anthony kicked the habit very quickly and soon his daughter Deidre gave it up as well.

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Carole Cook, Diane Baker, Robert J. Wagner, Angela Lansbury and Eva Marie Saint attend the Robert Osborne Celebration of Classic Film Series premiere screening of ‘Dodsworth’ presented by the Academy at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images )

Lansbury shared: “Anthony got out of his bad habits pretty quickly. It took Deidre a little longer, but she eventually got married, and she and her husband now live in Los Angeles, where they run their own Italian restaurant. Lansbury also told the Daily Mail that if her children had chosen to stay in Los Angeles rather than move to Ireland, she would have lost one or both of them. She explained: “Certainly I have no doubt that we would have lost one or both of our two had they not been moved to a completely different environment, the simplicity of life in Ireland. We were so lucky to have spotted what was happening just in time.

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Actress Angela Lansbury with her husband, actor Peter Shaw (1918 - 2003) and their three-month-old son, Anthony Peter, at their home in Hollywood, California, 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Angela Lansbury with her husband, actor Peter Shaw (1918 – 2003), and their three-month-old son, Anthony Peter, at their home in Hollywood, California, 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

With Peter Shaw, Angela’s second husband, they had two children. They married in 1949 and remained married until Peter’s death in 2003. During the early years of their marriage, they welcomed their children, daughter Deidre Angela Shaw, now 69, and his son Anthony Pullen Shaw, now 70. David Shaw, Peter’s child with Mercia Squires, was also a member of Angela and Peter’s family.

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In this handout photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Charles Manson, 74, poses for a photo March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison in California.  Manson is serving a life sentence for conspiracy to murder seven people during the
In this photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Charles Manson, 74, poses for a photo March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison, Calif. (Photo by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation California Rehab via Getty Images)

Eventually, Manson was convicted in 1971 of first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder in connection with the seven murders committed by his followers in 1969. At the age of 83, Manson died in prison.

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