Angela Lansbury, who was in Beauty and the Beast and Murder, She Wrote, has died at the age of 96. Angela Lansbury died on Tuesday. Her family said she was a talented actor who played many memorable roles, such as a murderous baker, a singing teapot, a Soviet spy, and a small-town sleuth.
She was 96 years old.
“Dame Angela Lansbury’s children are sad to say that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days before she would have turned 97 “In a statement, her family said this.
The actor, who was born in London, took her last bow as one of the most honored actors in theatre history.
Lansbury has won five Tony Awards. In 2009, she won the award for best-featured actress in a play for her role in “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” in which she played the scary pie-maker, Nellie Lovett, was probably her best-known role on Broadway. She won the Tony Award for a best musical actress for that role in 1979.
For “Mame” in 1966, “Dear World” in 1969, and “Gypsy” in 1975, she won a Tony for best actress in a musical.
Only Audra McDonald and Julie Harris have won six Tony Awards. Harris’s sixth Tony was for her lifetime of work.
Actors’ Equity, the union for live stage performers, said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to hear of Angela Lansbury’s death.”
Lansbury’s work in “Hotel Paradiso” in 1957 helped her get her Actors’ Equity card.
“Lansbury was a big name on stage, on TV, and in movies. She was a member of Equity for an amazing 65 years. She leaves behind a large collection of work that will be enjoyed for many years to come. We’re sorry for her family and friends’ loss.”
In 2012, Eric McCormack, who is best known for his long-running role on the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” talked about his time working with Angela Lansbury on Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man.”
“I feel so lucky to have had the chance to spend time with this amazing woman,” he said in a statement. “No one like her.”
In the 1991 musical “Beauty and the Beast,” Lansbury took her Broadway singing skills to the big screen by using an animator’s drawing board.
She gave Mrs. Pott’s voice, which is one of the most well-known and loved parts of the movie.
She went on stage at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2016 to celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary. She sang the main song from the movie, which brought the house down.
NASA paid tribute to Lansbury by posting a picture of a “cosmic rose.” The name comes from the lyrics to the song “Beauty and the Beast.”
The actor had already had a long and successful career when she played mystery writer and amateur crime fighter Jessica Fletcher on the CBS Sunday night hit “Murder, She Wrote.” This is the role that most Americans will remember her for.
From 1984 to 1996, “Murder” had 12 seasons, and Lansbury played a widowed mystery writer whose sharp observations always outsmarted criminals and even the local police before the real killer was found an hour later.
The show was always on at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights and was one of CBS’s biggest hits in the 1980s.
It came after “60 Minutes” and the National Football Conference game in the fall. Pat Summerall, who was in charge of play-by-play for CBS, would tell people to stay tuned for “Murder… She Wrote” with a dramatic pause.
Lansbury told the television academy in 1998, “We found our audience, and they stuck with us until the end.”
The parent company of NBC News, NBC Universal, announced that the classic TV network COZI TV will honor Lansbury with a “Murder, She Wrote” marathon from Wednesday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET each day.
Fran Drescher, the president of SAG-AFTRA, said that Lansbury’s long and successful career was a gift to actors of all ages.
“Both on and off the stage, she was an inspiration, and I was a big fan. God bless her for living a good, long life so we could all enjoy her light “Drescher said in a statement. “I’m glad that her work will keep inspiring people for years to come.”
Shows like “Murder, She Wrote” started a new era of television in which more women played the main roles on the small screens of America. Lansbury was nominated for 12 Emmys for her role in “Murder,” but she never won any of them.
In 1996, Lansbury was given a place in the TV Hall of Fame.
“Murder, She Wrote” brought her more attention around the world than any other movie or stage role. She said this when she got an honorary Oscar in 2013. “It’s great to be well-known in Spain, Portugal, Paris, France, Germany, and everywhere else,” he said.
Lansbury became such a big name on TV that some fans may have forgotten what a big deal she was in black-and-white movies and how she was nominated for three Oscars for best-supporting actress for three legendary works.
She played the maid in the classic movie “Gaslight,” which came out in 1944 and was about a woman, played by Ingrid Bergman, who was led to doubt the truth.
The term “gaslighting,” which means to trick someone’s mind with lies and false stories, became popular in the United States in the 21st century, especially after Donald Trump became president.
Lansbury was nominated for an Oscar for the first time for this role. In 1945’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” in which she had a short but important part, she was nominated again.
Lansbury said, “It was like a very intense training period. I played different characters and was older than I was, so I learned a lot of skills I would never have learned otherwise.”
Even though Lansbury had a long and successful career in the US, she never forgot where she came from, and the UK never forgot about her.
Lansbury was given the DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) award by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2014.
Lansbury said that day, “It is a very proud day for me to be recognized by the country where I was born, and to meet the queen in this way is a rare and lovely event.”
She is survived by her three children, Anthony, Deirdre, and David, her three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine, and Ian, and five great-grandchildren, as well as her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury.
Peter Shaw, the man she had been married to for 53 years, died before her. Her family said that there will be a private family ceremony on a date to be set.