Angela Lansbury, one of Hollywood’s legendary stars, has died. She was 96.
“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,” her family said in a statement to People magazine.
Angela Lansbury bio
Actress and singer Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE, who lived from 16 October 1925 to 11 October 2022, was Irish-British and American and appeared in numerous movies, plays, and television shows.
Her career lasted over 80 years and was one of the longest in the entertainment industry. A large portion of that time was spent in the United States, but her work also attracted considerable attention abroad. When Olivia de Havilland passed away in July 2020, Lansbury became the first living nominee for an Academy Award and one of the final Hollywood movie icons from the Golden Age.
Lansbury, the daughter of English politician Edgar Lansbury and Irish actress Moyna Macgill, was born into an upper-middle-class family in central London. She traveled to the United States in 1940 to avoid the Blitz, where she studied acting in New York City.
She arrived in Hollywood in 1942, signed a contract with MGM, and soon after, she was cast in her first two movies, Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), which led to two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe Award for her. After her contract with MGM expired in 1952, she continued to appear in 11 more MGM movies, primarily in supporting roles, and she started balancing her film work with stage performances.
Although she was primarily regarded as a B-list celebrity during this time, her performance in the 1962 movie The Manchurian Candidate was well praised and is regarded as one of her best, earning her a nomination for an Academy Award. Lansbury became famous after she switched to musical theater and played the title role in the Broadway production of Mame in 1966. This earned her the first Tony Award and made her a legend among gay people.
In 1970, Lansbury relocated from California to County Cork, Ireland, due to personal issues. She continued to make a number of theatrical and film appearances during that decade. She played lead roles in the Disney smash Bedknobs & Broomsticks as well as the stage productions of Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and The King and I (1971).
As a fictitious writer and sleuth on the American whodunit series Murder, She Wrote, which ran for 12 seasons until 1996 and became one of the longest-running and most well-known detective drama programs in television history, she attained global renown in 1984.
Lansbury acquired ownership of the show through Corymore Productions, a business she co-owned with her husband, Peter Shaw, and served as its executive producer for the show’s final four seasons.
Additionally, she entered the voice acting industry, appearing in animated movies including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Don Bluth’s Anastasia (1997).
She continues to make sporadic film appearances, including in Mary Poppins Returns (2005) and Nanny McPhee (2005), while touring in a variety of international plays in 2018 as well.
An Honorary Academy Award, a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, a Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award, five further Tony Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, and an Olivier Award were given to Lansbury.
She was also nominated for several other accolades in the business, such as the Grammy Award, the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award (on three occasions), and various Primetime Emmy Awards (18 times). In 2014, Queen Elizabeth II named Angela Lansbury a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. ( There were three biographies written about her.