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Get This Look: Angela Lansbury

1. Jessica Fletcher, Murder, She Wrote

Following the tragic death of her husband Frank, Jessica Fletcher (nee MacGill) takes up the typewriter, and from the clickety-clack of those keys comes her first mystery novel, The Corpse Danced at Midnight. It's basically what happens to everyone’s grandmother, only Jessica’s nephew’s girlfriend happened to work for a publisher. *EYE ROLL.* She becomes famous, and gets involved in a suspiciously high number of murder investigations herself — although no one ever directly calls her out on it. Police often consult with her, being all “Scribe of fiction, what do you think occurred?” Also her dead husband got a lady pregnant during the Korean war. Basically I posit this show is a precursor to "Dexter."

Get This Look:

GTL – Jessica Fletcher

GTL – Jessica Fletcher: Myne sheer lace top / Givenchy peplum jacket / Dansko platform high heels / Plaid scarf / Magnifying Glass & Letter Opener Set in Bone

2. Mrs. Potts, Beauty and the Beast

A rebel in her own time, Mrs. Potts is a woman of a certain age, a single mom with a troubled son, and just doing the best she can while taking care of her boss, who's a moody, demanding asshole. Proving that one good turn, does not, in fact, deserve another, when this asshole was cursed for being so asshole-ish, Mrs. Potts and her boy-idiot Chip were cursed along with him. Mrs. Potts doesn’t let it get her down, taking time out to serve hot fluids to sultry, well-read brunettes. She doesn’t even stop to scream “It burns — IT BURNS!” every time tea is forced through her magicked nasal passages. Mrs. Potts' hobbies include making everyone sleep in the cupboard and serenading mismatched if romantically compatible twosomes.

Get This Look:


GTL – Mrs. Potts

GTL – Mrs. PottsMARIKA VERA 'BELLA' leotard, $325 / Knot2much2ask lariat necklace / 1700'S WHITE COLONIAL MOB MAID HAT CAP BONNET COSTUME / Crocs Mammoth Irridescent

 

3. Eglantine Price, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Okay, okay, okay — Miss Price (Eglantine to her friends and would-be lovers) is the best [crash] around, and nothing’s ever goooonna hold her down! This spunky strawberry blonde is doing her damndest to further her education, completing a correspondence course in witchcraft despite the universe doing its best to foil her, what with World War II happening, some hilarious child-cockneys taking up residence in her seaside cottage, and the distinct likelihood that she's been scammed by the fake dean of her mail-order witch school (hate the player, not the game, Eggy!). The joke’s on everyone else, though, when Miss Price takes time out from singing and dancing to magically transport herself and the children on the big brass bed on which they've been lying, as well as find love, practice proper magic, and SINGLE-HANDEDLY SAVE ENGLAND FROM THE NAZIS. Also, her named is Eglantine.

Get This Look:


GTL – Miss Price

GTL – Miss Price: Etoile Isabel Marant tshirt dress / Leather boots, $49 / Coach necklace / River Island round eye glasses, $26

PreviouslyWater Birds.

Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn. She's an editor at Fempop, and spends a large amount of her time pretending to be a mildly evil cat on the internet.

77 Comments / Post A Comment

mabellegueule

I cannot adequately express how much I love these posts!

SarcasticFringehead

@mabellegueule Whenever I try to describe the Hairpin to the uninitiated, I call it a women's magazine, but not all condescending and gross.* I think these posts illustrate exactly what I'm trying to say.

*It is, of course, much more than this, but that helps to get them in the door

Lila Fowler

@mabellegueule I have no idea how I read the 'Pin every day and have somehow managed to miss this post series? Obviously my brain is broken.

Best part: "her boy-idiot Chip" lolol

ellbeejay

Well, that's my teaching wardrobe for the semester taken care of.

thatgirl

I watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks again last summer, and it is a LOT trippier than I remembered.

miss buenos aires

What, no Manchurian Candidate? No Gaslight? No EVIL Angela Lansbury?

I kid because I love (these posts). And because I am genuinely interested in getting the looks.

meetapossum

@miss buenos aires No Picture of Dorian Gray? I really want this hat.

beeswrite@twitter

@miss buenos aires GASP. This is a brilliant concept. I'M BREAKING SEXY (EVIL ANGELA LANSBURY) BACK.

alamuzmo

@miss buenos aires @meetapossum also, no Court Jester? (Now I want to watch the Court Jester tonight.)

shannanigans

@miss buenos aires I had no idea Angela Lansbury was such a babe! And that hat is fab.

J Walter Weatherman

@miss buenos aires No National Velvet?!

Bittersweet

@miss buenos aires No Mrs. Lovett? Scraggly matching hair buns, maxi dresses and extra kohl pencil required.

Sella Turcica

@Bittersweet Angela Lansbury swinging from a crescent moon à la Mame. Turbans and big furs being followed around by orphan boys and unwed mothers.

tessamae

"Proving that one good turn, does not, in fact, deserve another, when this asshole was cursed for being so asshole-ish, Mrs. Potts and her boy-idiot Chip were cursed along with him."

I FUCKING DIE. My day is officially made...I'm out!

craygirl

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is my favorite OF ALL TIME. The glitter necklace was a perfect touch - "oh how you'll shine!"

Matthew Lawrence@twitter

People sometimes do call Jessica out for being involved in too many murders! The episode where she's a witness in a Canadian murder trial and the lawyer or barrister or whatever implies that she comes from a family of homicidal maniacs because five of her nieces and nephews had been arrested for murder that year comes to mind.

wee_ramekin

@Matthew Lawrence@twitter Your in-depth knowledge of Murder, She Wrote is causing me view you consideringly, all Canadian barrister-style.

Slapfight

@Matthew Lawrence@twitter She's also been a suspect herself several times. Good thing she's great at solving mysteries.

fondue with cheddar

This might be my favorite GTL yet! Though I probably say that about all of them.

wee_ramekin

DON'T YOU "EYE ROLL" IN JESSICA FLETCHER'S DIRECTION!

snow_cat

http://cabotcovelookbook.tumblr.com/

royaljunk

@snow_cat OH MY GOODNESS

catalina

@snow_cat Thank you for posting that link. My spring semester wardrobe has finally found its muse. Let me share with you another fascinating Tumblr look book (with amazing commentary): http://clairhuxtable.tumblr.com/

snow_cat

@catalina Thank you!!!

royaljunk

This is my favorite Hairpin post OF ALL TIME

Pound of Salt

whoa whoa peplum skort*? MASHUPS THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL

*Although it's tagged as Givenchy peplum jacket - do not be ashamed of the skort!

Misselthwaite

These posts remind me of the fashion version of the Living In feature on Design*Sponge, where they produce all of the accoutrements to turn your house into beloved movies. Which is to say I love them both.

Misselthwaite

@Misselthwaite Are people really wearing these leotards and bodysuits because I am getting more and more curious about them.

PaperbackLady

When I was a little kid I used to watch Murder, She Wrote because I was obsessed with Angela Lansbury. She just seemed like the best old lady ever!

royaljunk

@PaperbackLady AGREE. Basically I want to be Angela Lansbury when I grow up.

PaperbackLady

@royaljunk plus, she still looks amazing at 90-something!

garli

@PaperbackLady It's on netflix now. I might have watched the entire first season.

PaperbackLady

@garli aaaaand there goes the rest of my night

garli

@PaperbackLady Sorry. Kinda. I love how progressive it was about stuff in the 80's.

the angry little raincloud

@PaperbackLady Apropos of nothing, I saw Angela Lansbury a couple of years ago... in the underwear section of the Gap on 5th Ave.

Slapfight

@royaljunk Me too. She has the life. Writer who travels the world and is occasionally romanced by dashing gentlemen while solving crimes? Yes please!

Natesherry Burns@facebook

she is 87 she will be 88 on oct.16th!

wee_ramekin

That poor mannequin's nether regions look SO uncomfortable :/ .

(...Why am I looking at a mannequin's nether regions? >_<)

inglenook with a book

But where do I get the witchy broomstick?!

stonefruit

Eglantine, Eglantine / oh how you shine! / your lot and my lot / have got / to combine!

I am having a positive flood of memories of this movie. "Oh Miss Price, your memory!" (said sorrowfully)

Megasus

This is easily the best one yet. YOU BEST NOT BE LYING ABOUT THE SEXY ANGELA LANSBURY VERSION.

P.J. Morse

With those Eglantine glasses, I can stare right into your soul!

babs

I seriously wore Eglantine Price's outfit last night - same dress in black, with black boots, and round tortoise shell glasses. I went to see the Book of Mormon, which was great, although not sold-out-for-eight-months great.

Slapfight

I'm flattered that you are writing specifically for me!

piekin

I can't stop re-reading Mrs. Potts.

Goldie Cameron

Fabulous!

If you're an Angela Lansbury fan, please lend your ears to this song i wrote about JB Fletcher!!

It's called la signora in giallo, which is what Murder, She Wrote is called in Italy

www.soundcloud.com/goldiecameron/la-signora-in-giallo

Enda

The best is Em from the Harvey Girls! She's a fabulous dresser, great singer, and a sassy, independent career woman who doesn't get hung up on a man. She knows when to cut her losses and take care of herself. To wit:

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=angela+landsbury+harvey+girls&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=9D7A13D59B61208C679C834D4CEEBB9DECF20536&selectedIndex=0

I'm not sure about the "get this look" post, though. It might be a bit difficult to get this particular look, but I'd love to try. (Really, why pass up a reason to wear gold lame?) Maybe the antique jewelry author can help us out.

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Kowalski

UM WOW OK, IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT MURDER SHE WROTE, YOU WOULD KNOW THAT THE WOMAN WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN PREGNANT BY JESSICA'S HUSBAND WAS LYING ABOUT IT FOR ATTENTION. DO SOME RESEARCH!

I am ashamed that I know that.

Melissa Mullikin@facebook

Jessica husband didn't get anyone pregnant either.....did you not watch the full episode?

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