Happy 88th Birthday to the great Angela Lansbury!
Lately we’ve been talking about Cher a lot as the ultimate showbiz survivor but at 67 she’s just a kid compared to amazing Angela Lansbury.
Miss Lansbury, the winner of a record-tying five Tony Awards, has had an A-list career that has spanned seven decades. She turned 88 today and is still going strong.
She was signed on at MGM way back in 1942 and soon after earned Oscar nominations for Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Her third Oscar nod came for 1962′s The Manchurian Candidate. She will soon receive an Honorary Oscar for her career in films which also includes National Velvet, The Harvey Girls, State of the Union, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile and The Mirror Crack’d.
She would later go on to star for 12 seasons as Jessica Fletcher on CBS’s Murder She Wrote and be nominated for a total of 18 Emmy Awards for that and other television work.
While Lansbury never won the Oscar or the Emmy, she was showered with Tonys winning for her Broadway roles in Gypsy, Mame, Dear World, Sweeney Todd and Blythe Spirit. She was also nominated in recent years for the play Deuce and the musical A Little Night Music.
Last year, Miss Lansbury starred in the Broadway revival of the Gore Vidal play The Best Man and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Earlier this year, she starred with James Earl Jones in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy.
She is one for the ages and below are three musical performances of Miss Lansbury’s that I especially like. The third video, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, doesn’t have sound for about the first 40 seconds but it will come on and you won’t miss a thing!