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Movie, stage, and television legend Dame Angela Lansbury has died just before her 97th birthday

Dame Angela Lansbury has died just five days before her 97th birthday.

Her family said 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. In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David, she is survived by three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian, plus five great grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.”

Miss Lansbury, the winner of a five Tony Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, an Olivier Award and an honorary Oscar, had an A-list career that has spanned seven decades.

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 was one for the ages.

Below is a wonderful interview she did a few years ago with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, 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.


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  1. Such a wonderful tribute Greg, many thanks.

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