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Angela Lansbury saved daughter Diedre from clutches of Charles Manson

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Angela Lansbury — who died within the early hours of Tuesday at her Los Angeles home just days shy of her 97th birthday — once needed to pry her daughter from the clutches of convicted murderer Charles Manson.

In a 2014 interview with DailyMail.com, Lansbury revealed that Diedre, now 69, had begun running with a crowd led by the musician-turned-mass murderer in the course of the Sixties, and together with her brother Anthony had develop into involved with drugs.

In an effort to keep her daughter and the remainder of her family secure, the ‘Murder, She Wrote’ actress moved her whole family from their home in Los Angeles to Ireland, where her mother’s family hailed from.

Angela Lansbury revealed to DailyMail.com in 2014 that her daughter Diedre (pictured; now 69) was briefly swept up in Charles Manson’s circle within the Sixties; Lansbury and Diedre seen in 2000 in Beverly Hills

Getting out of town: In order to keep her family safe from Manson and drugs, the Murder, She Wrote actress moved her whole family from their home in Los Angeles to Ireland; Manson pictured in 1969 as he is escorted to his arraignment

Getting out of town: In an effort to keep her family secure from Manson and medicines, the Murder, She Wrote actress moved her whole family from their home in Los Angeles to Ireland; Manson pictured in 1969 as he’s escorted to his arraignment

Lansbury said the troubles with Diedre and her older son Anthony, now 70, began within the Sixties once they fell under the sway of medication.

‘It began with cannabis but moved on to heroin,’ the Sweeney Todd star explained on the time. Their drug use brought her children, who were just teens on the time, into unsavory circles.

‘There have been factions up within the hills above Malibu that were dedicated to deadly pursuits,’ she continued. ‘It pains me to say it but, at one stage, Deidre was in with a crowd led by Charles Manson.’

Like a few of Manson’s followers, who would later commit the horrendous Tate–LaBianca murders, Diedre was allegedly drawn to the cult leader’s charms.

‘She was one in all many children who knew him — and so they were fascinated,’ Lansbury continued. ‘He was a unprecedented character, charismatic in some ways, no doubt about it.’

Bad influence: Lansbury said Diedre (pictured) and her son Anthony began using heavy drugs in the '60s, and Diedre became 'fascinated' with Manson; Angela and Diedre seen in 1989 in LA

Bad influence: Lansbury said Diedre (pictured) and her son Anthony began using heavy drugs within the ’60s, and Diedre became ‘fascinated’ with Manson; Angela and Diedre seen in 1989 in LA

Chilling: 'He was an extraordinary character, charismatic in many ways, no question about it'; Manson is pictured in his 1969 mugshot

Chilling: ‘He was a unprecedented character, charismatic in some ways, no doubt about it’; Manson is pictured in his 1969 mugshot

Fearing the form of trouble her daughter might get into if she stayed in Manson’s circle, Lansbury proposed a significant move overseas.

”I said to [husband] Peter [Shaw], “We have now to depart.” So we upped sticks and moved the family to a house I discovered in County Cork,’ she said, explaining that it was a type of homecoming, though she had been born in London.

‘I used to be drawn to Ireland since it was the birthplace of my mother and it was also somewhere my children would not be exposed to any more bad influences,’ Lansbury continued. ‘I still have a house there which I attempt to visit a minimum of yearly. 

‘So I refused all work for a yr and easily kept house. I purchased Elizabeth David’s books and learnt methods to cook properly,’ she added, referencing the favored British cooking author. ‘It was an exquisite time in my life.’ 

A change of scenery proved to be just the prescription for her children, who thrived in Ireland.

‘Anthony pulled right out of his bad habits quite quickly,’ Lansbury shared. ‘It took Deidre a little bit longer, but she finally got married and she or he and her husband now live in Los Angeles, where they run their very own Italian restaurant.’

Time for a change: 'I said to [husband] Peter [Shaw],

Time for a change: ‘I said to [husband] Peter [Shaw], “We have now to depart.” So we upped sticks and moved the family to a house I discovered in County Cork,’ she said; Lansbury seen with husband Peter Shaw and son Anthony in 1979 in NYC

Anthony would later follow in his mother’s footsteps within the entertainment industry, and the 2 even collaborated when he directed 68 episodes of her series Murder, She Wrote.

Although all the pieces worked out together with her family, the considered what could have happened to her children still frightened Lansbury many years later. 

‘It fills me with dread. Peter and I had no idea what had been happening,’ she admitted. ‘But then we had no experience of medication. We didn’t know the importance of finding a pipe in a drawer. Why would we? 

‘And after we did, we didn’t know methods to help them. Nor were there any experts back then who could offer advice to the parents of children from good families who were using, and sometimes overdosing on, drugs. It was like an epidemic.’

‘Definitely, I even have little question we’d have lost one or each of our two in the event that they hadn’t been removed to a very different milieu, the simplicity of life in Ireland,’ she added. 

‘Ultimately, we found a physician who prescribed methadone, a heroin substitute, which helped with the withdrawal symptoms as Anthony and Deidre were weaned off hard drugs. We were so very, very lucky we spotted what was happening just in time.’  

Safe haven: '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 added; Lansbury seen with Diedre and Anthony in 1957

Shelter: ‘Definitely, I even have little question we’d have lost one or each of our two in the event that they hadn’t been removed to a very different milieu, the simplicity of life in Ireland,’ she added; Lansbury seen with Diedre and Anthony in 1957

Manson was eventually convicted in 1971 of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for seven murders committed by his followers in 1969.

Although he just isn’t believed to have explicitly ordered the killings, his behavior and teachings convinced a jury that he was answerable for the murders. The prosecution said that Manson’s ideology constituted an overt act of conspiracy. 

On the night of August 8–9, Manson’s followers murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate (who was the wife of director Roman Polanski), along together with her friend Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger of the Folger family, the Polish author and director Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent. On August 10, Manson’s followers broke into the house of Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary and brutally murdered the 2. 

On that fateful summer night, Polanski was in London scouting locations for the Day of the Dolphin when he got the decision that his wife was stabbed to death 16 times in one of the crucial vicious and brutal murders within the history of Los Angeles. 

Behind bars: Manson was convicted in 1971 of leading his followers to kill seven people in 1969, including the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. He died in prison in 2017; seen in 1970

Behind bars: Manson was convicted in 1971 of leading his followers to kill seven people in 1969, including the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. He died in prison in 2017; seen in 1970

Media frenzy directly followed the murders, with speculation that perhaps it had been a part of a satanic ritual. 

Polanski posed for photographs in the house, next to where the word ‘PIG’ was written in blood, saying he hoped the graphic images would help shock people to return forward with information.  

A few month later members of the Manson ‘Family’ were arrested on suspicion of involvement in an unrelated murder, which lead investigators to a breakthrough on the Tate case as well.  

The suspects told police that they had killed Tate and her friends not due to who they were, but due to home they were in, which had belonged to a previous acquaintance of Manson. 

Manson died of natural causes on November 19, 2017, at Corcoran State Prison in California  where he had been housed since 1989. He was 83. 

Diedre’s connection to Manson doesn’t appear to have been close enough for him to involve her within the cult’s 1969 murders, as Lansbury told RadioTimes in 2017 that the family moved after their house burned down in 1970.

She said each Anthony and Diedre needed to learn to cook and garden to remain self-sufficient of their latest Irish home. 

In Jeff Guinn’s 2014 book Manson: The Life And Times Of Charles Manson, he noted that Diedre never moved in full-time with Manson’s cult, but she was still useful to him, as he and other Manson members of the family would ‘go top off on clothes or automobile parts and not using a concern for cost, because Didi paid for all the pieces together with her mother’s bank cards.’

Nonetheless, they were eventually canceled, and she or he reportedly withdrew from Manson’s circle.

Lansbury ¿ who was at one point the richest women in television history thanks to her role as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (pictured) in 264 episodes of Murder, She Wrote ¿ died peacefully in her sleep yesterday at her Los Angeles home at the grand old age of 96

Lansbury — who was at one point the richest women in television history due to her role as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (pictured) in 264 episodes of Murder, She Wrote — died peacefully in her sleep yesterday at her Los Angeles home on the grand old age of 96

Lansbury — who was at one point the richest women in television history due to her role as amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher in 264 episodes of Murder, She Wrote — died peacefully in her sleep yesterday at her Los Angeles home at 96.

Jessica Fletcher was essentially America’s Miss Marple, a twinkly eyed lady of a certain age living alone in Cabot Cove, which is a version of St Mary Mead. 

As with Agatha Christie, whose world embodies a timeless lost Englishness, Murder, She Wrote, conveyed, as Angela said, ‘heartland American values’, and the general public adored it, 28 million tuning in each week from 1984 until 1996.

It is often being repeated, all over the place on the earth.

It was a tough slog, with 14-hour days for 12 full years. 

Angela’s remuneration went up from $40,000 an episode to $200,000, by which era she’d develop into the manager producer and negotiated all manner of lucrative concessions from Universal and CBS.

How murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others in the summertime of 1969 shook America and made cult leader Charles Manson one in all the country’s most notorious criminals 

When Sharon was at the height of her acting profession, Manson Family cult members Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel were sent to the home by Charles Manson and told to ‘totally destroy everyone in it, as gruesome as you may’.

Sharon Tate, 26, was a model and rising film star after her breakout role within the 1966 film Valley of the Dolls. 

She was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was attacked. She begged her killers to let her live long enough to have her son but she was stabbed 16 times. 

Her final words were: ‘Mother, mother’ and an X was cut into her stomach and her blood used to put in writing the word ‘Pig’ on the front door of the home. 

Sharon Tate

 Sharon Tate

Tate’s mother, Doris, became an advocate for victims’ rights in California and was instrumental in a 1982 law that enables members of the family to testify about their losses at trials and parole hearings.

Her younger sister, Debra, also dedicated her life to victims’ rights and has testified at countless parole hearings for the killers, demanding they never be released.

Tate’s husband, director Roman Polanski, was overseas the night of the killings and has said it took him years to get well from the grief of losing his wife and baby.

Pictured (left to right): Manson Family murder victims included Wojciech Frykowski, Sharon Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring, and Abigail Folger

Jay Sebring

Jay Sebring, a hairdresser to Hollywood’s stars, was Tate’s former boyfriend and in addition begged the killers to spare her unborn child. He met Tate in 1964 and so they began a relationship, until Tate met future husband Roman Polanski on the set of The Fearless Vampire Killers, where she threw Sebring over for Polanksi. Yet they remained friends. The Manson Family shot him, kicked him within the face and stabbed him multiple times.

Sebring had transformed the male haircare industry after graduating from beauty school in Los Angeles, and his clients included Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. He founded Sebring International in 1967 to market hair products and to franchise his salons internationally.

Abigail Folger

Abigail Folger

Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger had dined with Tate and Sebring earlier that night at El Coyote restaurant, a Mexican restaurant in Lose Angeles.

The 32-year-old Frykowski was a friend of Polanski’s from Poland and an aspiring screenwriter. An autopsy found he was stabbed greater than 50 times and shot twice.

His 25-year-old girlfriend was the heir to the Folger coffee fortune. She managed to flee the home but was tackled on the front lawn and stabbed 28 times.

Stephen Parent

Stephen Parent

Steven Parent, a recent highschool graduate planning to attend college in the autumn, had dropped by a guest house on the property to go to the estate’s 19-year-old caretaker, an informal acquaintance named William Garretson. He was leaving the property when Watson confronted him on the front gate and shot him to death.

Garretson, who was briefly taken into custody, returned to his native Ohio soon after the killings. Apart from his testimony in the course of the murder trial, he rarely spoke publicly about that night. He died of cancer in 2016.

Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who owned a series of Los Angeles grocery stores, had no connection to Sharon Tate or her glamorous friends.

The next night Manson went for a drive with the 4 Tate murderers plus Leslie Van Houten and Clem Crogan. Manson selected the house of the LaBiancas at seemingly random. He tied them up after which, before leaving, ordered his followers to kill them. Among the many weapons used was a chrome-plated bayonet, which Van Houten used to stab Rosemary sixteen times within the back and buttocks.

Bruce Davis was convicted of the murder of musician Gary Hinman. He held a gun on Hinman while Manson cut his face with a sword, Davis said in testimony. Manson follower Bobby Beausoleil was arrested while driving Hinman’s Volkswagen bus and was later convicted of the crime.

Gary Hinman

Gary Hinman

Donald ‘Shorty’ Shea, 35, was a stuntman and a horse wrangler on the Spahn Movie Ranch near Chatsworth, who was killed after the Tate-LaBianca murders. It’s believed that Manson’s followers killed him because they feared he was a police informant. His body was found eight years after his death. 

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