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ANGELA Lansbury returns to Broadway next May in the new play "Deuce," so last week she was glittering at a dinner for the Irish-Georgian Society. "My mother was born in County Cork, and my darling Peter [Shaw, her late husband] and I built a house in Ireland 20 years ago," the vivacious thespian told 300 well-preserved preservationists at the University Club, including Society president Desmond Fitzgerald, Knight of Glin; Count Pier and Countess Nubia Braschi, Richard Kaplan, K.K. Auchincloss, Mellon heiress Louise Stephaich and Richard Turley. Quest founder Heather Cohane reminded the society's founder, Desmond Guinness, of the time he invited Edwina Sandys to lunch and forgot to save her a chair. The refreshingly outspoken Sandys teased him, "Quite all right, Desmond, after all, my grandfather did imprison your mother." That would be Winston Churchill and Diana Mitford Guinness Mosley, the wife of a Nazi sympathizer. Desmond and Edwina both laughed, sort of.

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