Happy 94th birthday to Dame Angela Lansbury!
We are so amazed at the longevity at Cher, 73 and Barbra Streisand, 77 who both are still recording and performing live around the world to sell-out crowds.
Well, they are just kids compared to amazing Angela Lansbury.
Miss Lansbury, the winner of a five Tony Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, an Olivier Award and an honorary Oscar, has had an A-list career that has spanned seven decades. She turns 94 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 finally received 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. Where is her Lifetime Achievement Emmy television academy? It’s certainly deserved.
While Lansbury never won a competitive 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.
In 2012, Miss Lansbury starred in the Broadway revival of the Gore Vidal play The Best Man and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. In 2014, she starred with James Earl Jones in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy and more recently appeared in a national tour of Blithe Spirit.
She is one for the ages.
Below is a wonderful interview she did a few years ago with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, four of her five Tony wins, the American Theatre Wing Gala honoring Lansbury, and her 2015 Olivier Award win for Blithe Spirit.