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Angela Lansbury's Positive Moves: My Personal Plan for Fitness and Well-Being

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The tape gives us a look into a typical day off for Lansbury: in addition to exercising and stretching, she takes a walk, polishes her Mercedes, goes for a swim, kneads bread, does a bit of gardening, enjoys a cup of tea, and takes a bubble bath where she reveals that she believes "femininity and sexuality go hand-in-hand" and talks a bit about keeping romance alive after menopause. When I was growing up, women over 60 wore flowered house dresses or polyester twin sets — with a fat string of Barbara Bush beads, if they were being fancy. Ultimately, I found the great actress’s account of her fitness and diet regime a little thin/idiosyncratic, though I did mark a vegetable soup recipe I might try later this week. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Some moments are amusing, such as when Lansbury introduces us to "land swimming", an exercise move she came up with herself, and "moving freely", where she manages to keep a straight face while dancing in a peach-colored jumpsuit to the tape's synthesizer background music.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) bestowed upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Angela Lansbury’s career has spanned so many decades that she means very different things to people of different ages. Much of the advice seems to be good advice to talk, although there were a few things I disagreed with as something I would want to do, personally. When Positive Moves came out, Lansbury was most recognizable as the star of Murder, She Wrote, which was in the fifth of its twelve seasons. For a ’70s kid like me, she was notable for being the witchy woman in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, a Disney film that climaxes with live-action suits of armor coming to life and fighting off Nazis.

All written content, unless otherwise noted as being quotes, has been written and copyrighted by me. The content and writing style are so breezy and light it feels like you are sitting down with auntie Angela for a good chat.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Her art shaped my life so I am definitely here for good and the old lady just got 96 (I think) so I assume she knows what's up. She left us without writing a full memoir, so we must be grateful for the few stories about growing up in England, balancing professional successes with personal struggles, etc. I think about each demand that will present itself in the coming day, and I visualize myself meeting it easily and well. In truth, the book’s real value is the bit of light it casts into Lansbury’s life and upbeat personal philosophy.

But I love that she explains that this is what she does, and not necessarily what everyone should do, because that means that she is sensible enough to know that what works for one person won't work for another. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. One star lost for typical anti-fatness to be expected from a “fitness book”, particularly of its era. While offering her reader techniques in eating, staying active, and living joyfully, Lansbury also discusses how her personal and professional experiences (especially work on Broadway and Murder, She Wrote) helped her discover how to care for herself and those around her. If you’re too young to remember, it was a perfect storm of spandex and leg warmers, brought on by Jane Fonda’s Workout Book and Olivia Newton John’s “Physical,” and culminating in every single famous person ever putting out a workout video.

Published in 1990, Lansbury's thoughts on managing her weight, moods, effects of aging and staying mentally healthy are mostly timeless. Delacorte Press released the book in 1990, following on the heels of Lansbury’s successful VHS workout tape of the same name that capitalized on the celebrity workout craze of the 80s and 90s.For some, she’s a film noir femme fatale, and for others, the voice of the teapot in Beauty and the Beast, with starring roles in Broadway’s Mame and Sweeney Todd somewhere in the middle. Lansbury's philosophy was to stay positive about each new day: "I take these few moments to focus on the day ahead.

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