Wishing a happy 95th birthday to movie, stage, and television legend Dame Angela Lansbury!
We are so amazed at the longevity at Cher, 74 and Barbra Streisand, 78 who both are still recording and pre-COVID, were still 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 95 today and is still going strong.
She released a statement today to mark the occasion: “What a fortunate life I’ve had the pleasure to be part of, doing the thing I most enjoy… acting and entertaining great audiences all over the world. I feel fortunate indeed to be able to celebrate my 95th birthday with my dearest family here in California. I am fortunate to be able to stay safe and my heart goes out to all those who are suffering or have lost loved ones.”
Miss Lansbury 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, The Long Hot Summer, All Fall Down, Blue Hawaii, Harlow, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Something for Everyone, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile, The Pirates of Penzance, Nanny McPhee and The Mirror Crack’d. She is also beloved for her performance as the voice of Mrs. Potts in the animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
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 co-starred in the 2017 miniseries Little Women and had a small role in 2018′s Mary Poppins Returns and that same year was one of the stars of the feature film Buttons, A New Musical Film.
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, her 2015 Olivier Award win for Blithe Spirit, and her accepting her Academy Award.