Angela Lansbury, a famous actress from TV, movies, and Broadway died on October 11 at age 96. The death of the former “Murder, She Wrote” star was announced by her family in a statement.
“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday,” the statement said.
Lansbury was probably best known for her role as the widowed mystery writer and amateur sleuth J.B. Fletcher on the hit CBS show “Murder, She Wrote,” from 1984 to 1996. However, she never won an Emmy Award for the role, even though she was nominated many times.
Lansbury was nominated for 17 Emmys for different TV projects. In 1996, Lansbury was given a place in the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Lansbury began acting when she was a teenager.
In the 1944 classic “Gaslight.” by George Cukor, she played a young maid with Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Joseph Cotten. This role earned her early praise and a nomination for an Academy Award.
The actor from London was nominated for a second time for her role in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in 1945. She went on to act in dozens of other Hollywood movies, including “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962), which got her a third Oscar nomination, and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” a funny Disney movie (1971).
Lansbury is best known for voicing the kind-hearted teapot Mrs. Potts in Disney’s animated musical “Beauty and the Beast,” which came out in 1991. She also had a cameo in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” which came out in 2003. (2018). “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” which is coming out soon, will be her last movie in Hollywood.
Lansbury was even more famous for her work on Broadway. She won five Tony Awards for her roles in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Mame,” “Dear World,” “Gypsy,” and “Blithe Spirit” (2009). Lansbury was a big deal in the United States, but she never forgot her British roots. She stayed popular in her home country.
In 2014, Lansbury was given the DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) honor by the late Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. 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.”
Lansbury’s three children, Anthony, Deirdre, and David, as well as three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury, are among the people who will miss her. Peter Shaw, the man she had been married to for 53 years, died before her.
The family statement says that there will be a private ceremony for the family at a date that has not yet been set.