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ANGELA LANSBURY SAYS IT TOOK HER TWO DECADES TO BECOME A LEADING LADY, AND THEN IT WAS 20 YEARS TOO SOON

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ANGELA LANSBURY SAYS IT TOOK HER TWO DECADES TO BECOME A LEADING LADY, AND THEN IT WAS 20 YEARS TOO SOON. THE STAR OF CBS-TV'S "MURDER, SHE WROTE" SAYS SHE SPENT ABOUT 20 YEARS AS A SUPPORTING PLAYER IN MOVIES BEFORE SHE HIT IT BIG AS "MAME" ON BROADWAY IN 1966. "PEOPLE THOUGHT I WAS FAT BECAUSE I HAD THIS ROUND FACE, AND I THINK IT WAS THE ROUND FACE THAT DEFEATED ME AS AN ACTRESS," THE 64-YEAR-OLD ACTRESS SAID IN AN INTERVIEW IN THIS WEEK'S PEOPLE. BY THE TIME SHE STARTED IN "MAME," LANSBURY WAS 40, "AND 40-YEAR-OLD ACTRESSES DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE. NOWADAYS, MOST OF THE WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL ARE IN THEIR 40S, SO I JUST MISSED."