Angela Lansbury Overview:

Legendary actress, Angela Lansbury, was born Angela Brigid Lansbury on Oct 16, 1925 in Poplar, London. Lansbury died at the age of 97 on Oct 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA .


Blonde, British-born actress and singer, in America from 1940, who always seemed several years older than she was, until she got into her forties. Her petulant prettiness was an invitation to producers to cast her in spiteful or bitchy roles and it was not ignored. But she took Broadway by storm as Mame in 1966 and has since commanded a better range of roles and become a bigger name at the box office. In recent times she has played spinster detectives on several occasions with some success. Nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar three times, in Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Manchurian Candidate. Briefly married in 1945-1946 (first of two) to actor Richard Cromwell. Much on TV in the 1990s as author-sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the Murder She Wrote series.

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Although Lansbury was nominated for three Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1944Best Supporting ActressGaslight (1944)Nancy OliverNominated
1945Best Supporting ActressThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)Sibyl VaneNominated
1962Best Supporting ActressThe Manchurian Candidate (1962)Raymond's MotherNominated

She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. In addition, Lansbury was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and TV Hall of Fame . On November 30, 1995, Lansbury received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

BlogHub Articles:

Noir: A Life at Stake (1955) and Please Murder Me! (1956)

By The Lady Eve on Nov 11, 2022 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

It was only with her passing last month that I found out Dame had made a couple of low budget films noir during her long, storied career. I was aware, of course, that she had played some memorably unpleasant female characters over the years. There was Nancy, Ingrid Bergman's cunning ... Read full article

ADORING BLOGATHON, Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (2001)

on Feb 15, 2019 From Caftan Woman

The Adoring Blogathon is hosted by Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews. Enjoy all of the contributions collected HERE. "There is something a little bit mysterious and interesting about her and that certainly appeals to me... Mystery is my business, as you know." - Angela Lansbu... Read full article

Actress Beauty Tips #38: Positive Moves with

on Aug 19, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

This is the?38th installment of the classic actress beauty tips that I have read about and tested.? Actress has had a long and varied career. Lansbury started in films in 1944 and on the stage in 1957, and she still works in both mediums today. She was active on television with her o... Read full article


By Crystal Kalyana on Oct 16, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the motion picture legend, , the notable actress who is primarily remembered for her memorable portrayal of Jessica Fletcher in the long running television series, Murder She Wrote. Angela Bridget?Lansbury, made her star-studded debut ... Read full article

31 Days of Oscar Blogathon:

By minooallen on Feb 10, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

31 Days of Oscar Blogathon in The?Manchurian?Candiate In 2013, the Academy Awards corrected what was, in my humble opinion, one of its biggest mistakes. No, it did not reverse its 1942 Best Picture decision and give it to Citizen Kane (no offense to?How Green Was My Valley lovers). I... Read full article

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Angela Lansbury Quotes:

Sarah Lee Gates: [after seeing Chad and Maile dancing to "Rock a Hulla"] Daddy, I'm going to have a headache. A dreadful headache!

Mrs. Iselin: It has been decided that you will be dressed as a priest, to help you get away in the pandemonium afterwards. Chunjin will give you a two-piece Soviet Army sniper's rifle that fits nicely into a special bag. There's a spotlight booth that won't be in use. It's up under the roof on the Eighth Avenue side of the Garden. You will have absolutely clear, protected shooting. You are to shoot the presidential nominee through the head. And Johnny will rise gallantly to his feet and lift Ben Arthur's body in his arms, stand in front of the microphones and begin to speak. The speech is short. But it's the most rousing speech I've ever read. It's been worked on, here and in Russia, on and off, for over eight years. I shall force someone to take the body away from him and Johnny will really hit those microphones and those cameras with blood all over him, fighting off anyone who tries to help him, defending America even if it means his own death, rallying a nation of television viewers to hysteria, to sweep us up into the White House with powers that will make martial law seem like anarchy! Now, this is very important. I want the nominee to be dead two minutes after he begins his acceptance speech - depending on his reading time under pressure. You are to hit him right at the point that he finishes the phrase, "Nor would I ask of any fellow American in defense of his freedom that which I would not gladly give myself - my life before my liberty." Is that absolutely clear?

Chad Gates: I like my job, mum. It's fun, it's interesting and I meet a lot of nice people.
Sarah Lee Gates: Nonsense. Tourists aren't people. They're... They're tourists.

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Cousin of Oliver Postgate, the producer and voice behind the classic BBC TV series "The Clangers" (1969) and such shows such as "Ivor the Engine" (1975).

Lansbury is a Republican and throughout the years has supported Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and John McCain. She has appeared throughout the years at many of the Republican National Conventions and she had donated money to the RNC and during her Hollywood years she was a member of the Hollywood Republican Committee. She plans to endorse Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election.

On the last episode of "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), she didn't work on the final day of production as there was too much emotion going on.

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