Perhaps an unlikely television star, Angela Lansbury — who didn’t get into the TV business until age 59 — starred in Murder, She Wrote as the crime savvy, silver-haired, Jessica Fletcher. Fletcher, a widow and retired English teacher, becomes a very successful mystery writer in her golden years, and gets the chance to solve real-life murders when people keep turning up dead in Cabot Cove, the quaint and quiet Maine coastal town she calls home. She noses her way, as grandmothers do, into the police files and always manages to get their original suspect off the hook when she discovers some previously unknown clue. She’s smart, that Fletcher, and after a while the police start turning to her for advice. Her crime-fighting skills helped make the television drama one of the most watched shows during the 12 years it was on the air. For her part, Lansbury won four Golden Globes for best actress in a drama series for her performance.
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