I’m starting to get a little worried about Angela Lansbury.
I know she’s still acting — she was in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” just last year — but I think it’s time to face facts: She’s not getting any younger.
And I’m not ready to say goodbye.
A few recent celebrity deaths have made me face the mortality of my favorite would-be grandmother. Actress Celeste Holm died July 15, and while she never appeared in an episode of “Murder, She Wrote,” Holm did appear in “Three Men and a Baby” AND an episode of “Magnum, P.I.” There was a “Muder, She Wrote”/”Magnum” crossover episode, and that’s practically the same thing as playing J.B. Fletcher’s best friend.
And, OK, Sherman Hemsley of “The Jeffersons,” who moved on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky on Tuesday, didn’t appear in “Murder, She Wrote,” either. But his show and “Murder, She Wrote” were rocking the airwaves at the same time, and he still has ties to my favorite octogenarian detective: He was in the Hulk Hogan hit “Mr. Nanny” alongside Austin Pendleton, who was on an episode of “Murder, She Wrote” and who also happens to be getting on in years.
Plus, William Windom, who played Cabot Cove’s only doctor, Seth Hazlitt — and my most favorite “Murder, She Wrote” cast member in the history of time (aside from Grandma Lansbury herself, obviously) — will be turning 89 in September.
I know my “Murder, She Wrote” guest stars. I dare you to challenge me to a game of “Six Degrees of ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ ”
But the big celebrity death that has me thinking about appropriate mourning attire is the death of Chad Everett (and his weird rat tail — seriously, what was that thing? Get a hair cut, buddy). Everett, who died on Tuesday, might be better known for his role on “Medical Center,” but the man guest starred in more episodes of “Murder, She Wrote” than I care to count — OK, maybe it was only four, but it seemed like a lot more.
And frankly, that’s a lot closer to the great hereafter than I’d like Angela Lansbury to be.
Sure, we’ll always have Netflix and DVD box sets, butdreading the day the grim reaper comes calling in Cabot Cove. Somehow, the word will seem a little less magic — and definitely a little less safe — without Angela Lansbury around to solve crimes.
And I know that she’s in pretty good shape (Google “Angela Lansbury relaxing” for a helpful video she made in the 1980s about the importance of staying fit in your golden years), but still, nothing lasts forever, and I’m not expecting it to. I’d just like a little more time — especially since Angela Lansbury recently told Entertainment Weekly that she’d be interested in reviving “Murder, She Wrote” to give fans a proper sense of closure.
So, universe, that’s all I’m asking. Give me one more trip to Cabot Cove, and Lansbury (and I) will die happy.