Lady Angela Lansbury, who starred in the hit TV series The Murder She Wrote, has died at the age of 96.
“The children of Mrs Angela Lansbury are saddened to announce that their mother passed away peacefully at 1.30am on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at their home in Los Angeles,” her family said in a statement. Just five days until her 97th birthday. Birthday.
“In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre and David, she has three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian, as well as five great-grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury. .
“She was mourned by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held on a specific date.”
The London-born actress has won five Tony Awards for her Broadway performance, was nominated for three Oscars and received an Honorable Mention in 2013.
On the big screen, she is best known for her roles in The Bed Handle and The Broom, as well as her voice for Mrs Potts as Beauty and the Beast.
Lansbury played author and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher in the American crime drama Murder that began in 1984. The series maintained high ratings until its 11th year.
Her mature demeanor prompted producers to cast her as an actor much older than her actual age. In 1948, when she was 23, Lansbury dyed her hair in gray streaks so she could use yen for Spencer Tracy to play a forty-something newspaper publication in the State of the Union address business.
Her stardom came in middle age when she became a New York theater hit, winning Tony Awards for Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1975) and Sweeney Todd (1979).
In 2007, she returned to Broadway and received another Tony nomination as a brash former tennis star in Terrence McNally’s “Equally Even.”
She holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations, as well as winning the Best Actress in a TV series and receiving the most Emmy nominations for a leading actress in a TV series.
In a 2008 interview, Lansbury said she still welcomed the right script, but didn’t want to play “an old, sick woman.”
“I want women my age to be represented in their own way as vital, productive members of society,” she said.
“I’m amazed how much I’ve managed to pack in the years I’ve been in the business. And I’m still here.”